(The image above is a photograph of the legendary fashion and style icon Grace Jones. My dream is to recreate this shoot. I love how rich her skin tone is captured in this photograph. She just looks breathtaking.)
Good morning beautiful people! I hope your weekend was amazing! Happy Monday! I am just writing to give you all a life update because I have not blogged in a while. So, I have a few more weeks until I depart for college. Mentally, these past days have been extremely challenging. I also have been contemplating whether I should cut my locs to signify my growth and metamorphosis as a person going into the next chapter. However, in my heart, I still believe that my locs serve a purpose in my life. They carry so much of my struggles, hardships and adversities. They can represent my emotional state and my overall being. They are one of my most significant possessions because they have taught me so much about myself. I was a bit nervous about keeping them because I will be attending a predominantly white school that is in a quite rural area. I was not sure if there would be a lot of cultural understanding, but I must walk in with an open heart. Even retwisting my hair is something that I hold very dear to my heart and being as though I won’t be with my “hair mom”(my stylist/friend who started my locs), I was apprehensive about keeping them if there would be no one to cut my hair. But, I am trusting in God that I will find a way to maintain my hair and be able to thrive with them. I am aware that some jobs and professions might not be privy to the significance of locs, but I am very proud of my hair. It took time, but it was one of the best decisions I have ever made. As I embark on this new journey, I am optimistic that I will create new bonds and really have fun. Of course I will be on my studies, but I never gave myself permission to have fun and not focus on the rules so much. I really wish that I could’ve gotten out more in my high school life, but I will in my college life. I’m currently dating myself which is really fun because I learn something new about myself everyday. I really want to be in love with myself so that when I do meet a potential partner, I will be able to share myself with that person. I am studying to become a doctor, but I am deciding between plastic surgeon, bariatric surgeon (weight loss) or working in trauma care. I pray that God will grant me clarity in whatever I pursue. To be honest, I have some ideas of my life, but I know that my purpose is to be used by God in whatever that entails. So, I submit my entire being to Him because I know that I am in great hands. And so are ALL of you. You have purpose. Your life has meaning. You are here for a reason! We all have purposes. I cannot wait to open doors for young black and brown people. I cannot wait to write books that help not only my community, but helps the people around the globe learn to love themselves. But, I really want that kid from the hood to be able to identify with me – A black man who came from the inner city, but managed to create his own life. I want the younger generation to see how as black people we come from fighters, trendsetters and revolutionaries. Icons like Louise Beavers, Hattie McDaniels, Dorothy Dandridge, Ida B. Wells, Frederick Douglas, Marcus Garvey, W.E.B. Dubois and Booker T. Washington created lanes for themselves and people that looked like them, so that we could enjoy the fruits of their labor. So, it is our job to carry that torch so that we can create a brighter future for the youth and the generation beneath us. After all of that ranting I am exhausted LOL, but I could talk forever guys, but I am a Sagittarius and we get extremely passionate about things we like. I would just like to wish you all a great week and I pray for your respective journeys. I pray that God will remove any depression, anxiety, stress, panic, sickness, or hopelessness from you or your families’ spirits. I love you guys so very much and I wish you the best. Until next time. Love you guys!