Love it! Can relate to what she says
I loved it too and not just the words, the production (visuals, music) matched the tone of the poem. The poem was really provocative. In the past I was always quick to blame black men for perpetuating the myth that european beauty is superior. But now that I'm a "natural" I can honestly say I've gotten more positive feedback from black men then black women.It's an interesting question...If black women as a whole embraced our natural hair texture and just rocked it, how would black men react to it?
Men, or anyone for that matter, respond to self-confidence. So if women were more confident in their natural tresses people around them would embrace their hair as well.
We don't need anyone's acceptance, validation, or approval to be ourselves. Never have and never will! Not even our black men have the power of validating our self-acceptance. And we would be wrong (like 2 left feet) to place that burden on their shoulders.....they have enough to deal with and are still evolving into their own identities. If we're happy and nappy with self, then all else is well with the world!Everything begins and ends with Y-O-U......might I suggest this as a starting point.
This is beautiful! I absolutely loved it ! It brings up some good points that I think are worth discussing and need to be discussed. It seems like things aren't cool until a celebrity does it. It would be nice to see a bandwagon on positive things for a change. I also feel that more "hate" is brought about in the natural hair community from women than men, even though some men have done their fair share. This poem also hit the root of the problem and where it all started, which was slavery. I will definitely be sharing this poem, I want everyone to see this, to be moved by it and to share it with someone else. Thank you for posting !
Thank you for checking it out. I totally agree and that's why I had to share.
Loved this video, actually did a blog post debating some of the issues it raised: http://sobeautifulsosoulful.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/naps-kinks-weave-whats-your-excuse.html
Awesome! I'll check it out!
I loved the poem and the restart of the hair revolution! I'm a 60's baby so our hair, clothes and status didn't bother us as much, I went thru the press and curl and also the dreaded perms but now I have been every kind of chemical free! I've had the TWA and the Afro, I've been talked about more from my sister's, told I'm just lazy from my brother's and more excepted by the others just because they don't understand it!! And also told that I was a waste of yellow by older folk because of my hair texture!! (now that's just wrong). At this time I have sisterlocs and I am THE only sister in my office, and I know that I'm a strong person but I went thru a little self doubt before I had my install. We all go thru it!! HUMAN!!
I'm glad you have been strong enough to deal with the criticisms of our culture and learn to embrace your texture! Keep on Sis! :)