I love being a BLACK WOMAN!
I love that I was chosen and entrusted with the distinct privilege of being born Black and Female!
I did not always see it this way……..
The world has a way of tainting blackness as something to be ashamed of and less than. “Hate-self “ or at least understand that you are not equal to, is the message we hear loud, clear, and very early in life. This defamation of blackness begins in the early stages of black girlhood and attempts to leave its imprint on black womanhood.
You aren’t enough, the message screams!
You aren’t attractive enough….
feminine enough ….
Enough with the Lies!
Like my Grandmother used to say, “You A lie and the truth ain’t in you!”
Good one Grandma!
Black women have been lied to about who we are, our worth, and our contributions to this world. But just as Dr. King said when he quoted William Cullen Bryant, “truth crushed to the earth shall rise again!”
And just as it is with each Easter Sunday Morning, the Truth IS Risen!
Black Women have risen! Are Rising!
In spite of!
In the face of!
Trampling overtop of….. LIES! LIES! LIES! We rise!
Dr. Maya Angelou sounded the alarm and it can’t be unheard!! And Still….. I Rise!
Black Women Rise! Black Women Rock!
Black Women! Black Women! Black Women!
I can’t say it enough! I Love Being A Black Woman!
The Black Woman’s resilient, resourceful, and resolute interior can’t be crushed to the ground!
In spite of being dealt an impossible hand…..BLACK WOMEN RISE! Black Women didn’t hit the so called “gender and race lottery” but yet and still, we are winning!
We are Winning and Rich!
Not old money rich, but rich!
Maybe not Christian Louboutin stacked in our closet rich, but rich!
Maybe not black credit card carriers, private jet owning, Amalfi Coast vacationing rich, but RICH!
Rich in Legacy!
Rich in History!
Rich in Spirit!
Rich in Faith!
Rich in Shades of Beauty
Rich in Culture
Rich with wisdom to understand the last shall be first!
Rich! Rich! Rich!
Rich with everything that matters!!
For these reason and many others, I love being a Black Woman!
Love! Love! Love It!
I love EVERYTHING about being a BLACK WOMAN!
I love the tight curls of my hair….even when it’s unruly and dryer than the Sahara!
I love how finding jeans to fit my curves gets a dance of celebration in the department store fitting room because it’s a “stay the course” adventure! (Black Woman Problems!)
I love walking into a room and seeing only one other black woman and nodding and smiling and having a “sister girl” moment!
I love that my lips are full and plump giving my lip-gloss more reasons to shine!
I love that “black don’t crack” and that the melanin in my skin is really age repellent. AMEN!
I love the ingenuity and creativity that runs through my veins that is so powerful it has the ability to transforms scraps into soul food delicacies……. Pig Feet,
Chitterlings and Chicken Feet! Big Mamma was the true Top Chef!
I love that no door is ever closed to a determined, intelligent, creative, innovative Black Woman.
I don’t just love being a black woman; I love being around black women! I love how Black Women motivate and inspire!
From Harriet Tubman to Shirley Chisholm……
From Mamma Oprah to Michelle Obama……
From Ella Baker to Melissa Harris Perry………
From Dorothy Height to Daisy Bates….
From Ruby Dee to Sheila E………
From Jada to Janet…….
From Ava DuVernay to Zora Neal Hurton….
From Misty Copeland to Cicely Tyson
From Alice Walker to Toni Morrison to Shonda Rhimes…..
I could go on, but you get it!
Black Women got it covered!
I am completely enamored with Black Women and I beam with pride to share heritage with such a rich and beautiful expression of God’s Divine Creation!
To Black Women Everywhere…….You Rock with …….#BlackGirlMagic