As February 2018 ended, we came to the end of another Black History Month celebration. All over the world black people use this month to highlight the great works that people of race has done and continue to do. However, while black people have come a long way we perhaps have an even further way to go.
Black History Month 2018 saw one of the most historic events of the millennial times; the release of the great Black Panther Movie. A movie that made millions in only a few days and with an all-black cast, it had black people all over the world screaming “Wakanda Forever.” A proud moment indeed for black men & women all over the globe. Many say that an important representation aspect of this movie is representation but is black beauty really embraced by society? Is a girl with dark skinned girl with an afro seen in the same light as a caucasian with straight hair? Is a black girl’s natural kinks and curls seen aa appropriate for the corporate world? Are we really embracing black culture or is it merely a short term trend?
As a black woman growing up in a predominately black society I have often heard “you’re pretty for a black girl” or a black male say “I don’t want to get marry to a black girl because I want my child to have pretty hair,” and this causes me to have great concern. Black culture to me is more of a popular culture and as Chronixx said “they never told us that black is beautiful.” Many times black persons grow up not being told by society at large that their black skin is beautiful and so many end up feeling that black is bad.
After all, the black sheep is the member of a family or other group who is considered undesirable or disreputable. We wear black to mourn the death of our loved ones. A “blacklist” is a list of people or organizations to boycott, avoid, or punish. The phrase “black market” refers to the illegal trade of goods or money. For years there has been countless negative references to that can be cited in relation to the colour black but in the year 2018 black is truly beautiful regardless of what society says.
As Positive Ambassadors we now have the task to change this. What does being black mean to you?
For me to be a black woman means to be beautiful even with society still saying that black isn't beautiful.
It means living with a hope that you can be the next Michelle Obama or Oprah Winfrey or Kemesha Kelly even with the odds against you because of your skin color.
To be black means that I am strong, I am classy, I am full of endless possibilities.
To be black means that I'm the nappy head girl who is a queen in her own right because black is & will forever be beautiful.
Black people let us LIVE, THINK & ACT POSITIVELY! Be BLACK, BOLD & BEAUTIFUL.