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Woman, Black, and AWESOME-Celebrating Who We Are

Proud Awesome Black Woman in Harlem, Spring 2012

Every day it’s something new about the demise of black women and all the challenges we face.

They want to write about how much money black women make or don’t make. How we aren’t married. How we have kids out of wedlock. How educated we are and still can’t find a man. Our experiences in the workplace. And the list goes on.

But I didn’t wanna write about ANY of that. I’m black and proud. I’m a woman and awesome!

Let’s talk about how awesome being a black woman is. How beautiful we are. How intelligent we are. How strong and motivated we are.

We’re independent and resourceful. We know how to get things done. Just like the women of previous generations, we know how to stretch a dollar, recycle an outfit without anybody knowing, change a tire (or get in contact with someone who knows how to, haha). We know how to hustle and we hustle hard.

We’re adaptable. You can take us to the opera, to a barbecue, on a business trip, on a cruise. Some of us might not wanna get our hair wet, but that’s okay. We still know how to have fun!

We come from a long line of women who did what everyone else said and thought was impossible. From Harriet Tubman to Madame C. J. Walker. Shirley Chisolm, Ruby Dee, Hattie Daniels, Josephine Baker. Susan E. Taylor, Debbie Allen, Phyllis Wheatley. bell hooks. Alice Walker. Angela Davis. And the list goes on…

I don’t care how the media portrays us, I don’t care what new study or research they come out with, I love being a black woman, plain and simple. I love how fly I am, and how pop culture pays homage to us by mimicking our dances, admiring our natural hair. I love our beautiful, varying shades of brown skin and light/dark colored eyes. I love our diverse styles. I love our cooking. Nobody can throw down in the kitchen (especially when it comes to soul food) like a black woman can.

Ladies, we can no longer sit and complain about how the media is portraying us, how they’re fascinated with us, how they tend to highlight us more than any other race of our gender. Truth be told? We’re special. They’re curious about us.

Only WE can control the conversation, though. We have the power to uplift black women and I’m so happy we have magazines such as Essence and Upscale, who do so. We also have several black women who blog, write, are journalists, filmmakers, producers, music artists, rappers, and others who have platforms they use to speak on the black woman experience in a positive light.

Being a black woman is awesome, there’s nothing like it. There’s nothing else I’d rather be.

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A thirty something city kid from the midwest (born, raised and educated in Ohio!) Urban/Higher Education professional, I love supporting schools and organizations in their efforts to educate urban youth and young adults. I'm also passionate about helping young adults find their purpose and live it out! I'm constantly growing and evolving. I'm a mom to a brilliant active little boy, a proud member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Incorporated, and I'm ready to change the world, one life at a time!

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