5 reasons why you should embrace your blackness.

By Darrion M. Willis

Barack H. Obama, 44th President of The United States of America. (2009–2017)
“Here I stand before you — brown. Color of the mountains Colossal as the earth Wrapped so deliciously within my own joy and misery Feathers of my wings paralyzed by the distance of my mind Here I stand before you, the color of the night Frozen by the potential of me.”
Will Smith, Afro Angel

Five reasons why my people should love the skin their in.

1. Appreciate your culture.

We as a black community need to embrace our Blackness and who we are. Take pride in our differences and give Blackness a positive meaning and association to it. Every time people hear us talking about “Blackness” doesn’t mean a negative connotation should follow. Love the skin you’re in, the hair you have and the culture you come from. Not just Black people but all of God’s beautiful people.

2. Forget the haters!

Who cares what other people think. Self-awareness and self-worth is everything. Other subcultures aren’t going to teach our people about our culture. It’s up to us to restore the rich history of who we are and the progression we need to continue to make everyday.

3. Swag it out!

It’s OK dress however you please. You can go 0–100 real quick on that GQ flow. Let ’em know that we all aren’t fit to be in one box.

4. Black is beautiful!

Black people are beautiful! Period. It kills me to read how some people whiten their skin to appeal to mainstream beauty of standards. Beauty comes in all forms. And there isn’t any that are superior to others. I’m not shaming anyone who does this. I think that people do it because of self-hate or self-esteem issues. The love of oneself needs to be restored.

5. Let your voice be heard.

Our voice is what will help us in the end. Because if we don’t speak up, our silence will not result in the action needed for a brighter future.

Ninh Binh, Vietnam