“Historically, black women’s bodies have been utterly disrespected. We nurtured and fed other race’s children from our breasts. We were raped and bore children for slave masters. And yet, were made ashamed of our bodies, our curves, our blackness…-Adeea Rogers, The TrendySocialite-
In this blog post, I want to honor one of the strongest Black Female Artist of this generation. Say what you want about Beyonce, but even fellow female artist Adele, had to give respect where respect is due. During her Grammy Award acceptance speech, she stated: “…the way that you make me and my friends feel, the way you make my black friends feel, is empowering.” She (Adele) was talking about the Album “Lemonade”. I have to admit that, indeed that album was by far the best call to the world that Black Women are a force NOT to be reckoned with. With “Formation” she served notice to ALL that she loves her family exactly as they are… And herself, too. Radical. Self. LOVE.
With that said, Bey came under fire (again) about her Madonna-like image and the display of her very much pregnant body. So clearly they did not get the message in Lemonade.
Psalm 139:14 says: “I thank you because I am awesomely made, wonderfully; your works are wonders -I know this very well. (Complete Jewish Bible Version); the King James Version says “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.. Either way, Our Creator designed us as Black women so well, that other ethnic groups and race, go through changes to achieve what God gave us naturally.
“Historically, black women’s bodies have been utterly disrespected. We nurtured and fed other race’s children from our breasts. We were raped and bore children for slave masters. And yet, were made ashamed of our bodies, our curves, our blackness.
We were treated as concubines and receptacles for a man’s seed–and frankly, sometimes we still are. Other races are consistently celebrated and heralded for motherhood. Black women are not–definitely not consistently. Beyoncé’s performance was a declarative statement. Black women carry and give life beautifully. And that is NOTHING to be ashamed of.
I am a Christian. I am fearfully and wonderfully made–in God’s image. And that includes my blackness. And that includes my femininity. Psalm 139:14 can’t just apply to whom and when you want. I celebrate all the parts of who I am–not just the parts that feed others’ needs or makes them comfortable. *walks away*” –Adeea Rogers of TrendySocialite-
And I concur!
I think Confucius said it best:
As a child life is simple. We live free spirited with out a care in the world. As get older, we start to experience life, I guess. I believe that deep down inside, we all long to go back to that place when life was SIMPLE. At what point in our life experience did we begin to complicate the simple things?
I am trying to go back deep in my psyche when things were simple. I would get up on a Saturday morning, before my mom woke up, get my bowl of cereal, sit in my high chair (yes I sat in my high chair until I was 5) and watched my morning educational cartoons such as School House Rock. Simple…
So true. I could just simply write, but there are all these thoughts; which hinders my focus. when I first read this book and began this journey in 1198, I wrote that I personally do not over complicate things, and truth told I really don’t. I don’t stress as much over things as others do. Yet, I have an expectation of how things should be done, which when it does not happen, I start to overthink, over process, complicate. I get frustrated, annoyed and even angry…Over what? Oh Yeah, its real simple, either it is going to get done or its not. easier said then done.
I am working on it though. Being simple in everything. God simply created me: Genesis 1:27 says “So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” Simple. God simply loves me. Jesus simply died for me.
Affirmation:Today I understand the SIMPLE truth that my life does not need to be complicated. Today I accept the SIMPLE truth that SIMPLE faith, grounded in SIMPLE trust, grounded by SIMPLE prayer, will yield SIMPLY fantastic results! And for that knowledge of SIMPLE truth I am so grateful.- One Day My Soul Just Opened Up Day 9- Simplicity)
Stay on this Journey with me. I promise you it will be worth it!
Sometimes when on a journey, we become weary because when we look ahead, the end of said journey appears to be unattainable. I got to day 5 of “One Day my Soul Opened Up” and got stuck. On what exactly, I am not sure. But I am continuing this journey because I know what lies ahead and the voice that needs to be heard.
“Thy WILL be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven…” “Whatsoever you loose on Earth, will be loosed In Heaven, Whatsoever you bound on Earth will be bound in Heaven…” WILLINGNESS… The controlling and directive faculty of the mind that determines consciousness and character. (One Day My Soul Opened Up, Day 5 p. 51). in 2008 when God asked me to be transparent before His people, I flat out told God NO! My reason was that I was not willing to be vulnerable, to allow people behind my veil, to show a sign of weakness before people who thought I had it all together. God began to reveal to me my life in a way I had not seen it before. It was not until August of 2015, that I began to get a glimpse of what was holding me back from my purpose. I often think of Jesus, when He was in the Garden of Gethsemane and in a moment, He asked God the Father “Take this cup from me…Not my will but your will…” To be willing to do something takes courage. Jesus Christ was willing to endure all of that pain so that we may have life everlasting. At the time I was not courageous enough to tell people that I was broken person inside living under the shadows of my childhood. In one of my previous blogs “Broken Crayons Still Color” I was reminded that out of my brokenness, God had multiplied something… now I have something to be able to share with others, a truth, a testimony about what is now an empowerment movement, a Women’s Empowerment Movement called Tear the Veil Inc.
“That word is ‘willing.’ It’s an attitude and spirit of cooperation that should permeate our conversations. It’s like a palm tree by the ocean that endures the greatest winds because it knows how to gracefully bend.” -Stephen Kendrick
The invisible force behind all things seen. Ponder on that for a moment. In the beginning, God created the Heaven and the Earth… And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the water-Genesis 1:1-2. The Invisible Force behind all things seen. That is Creativity defined. Creativity comes from the inside and then comes out. It starts with a thought; going back to the Book of Genesis, when God created the Earth, He realized that the Earth He had just created was without form and void..And He moved upon the face of the waters and said ‘Let there be light…And guess what? There was light. If we are all created in the image of God, ad we have the likeness of God, then we are just as creative as God. But we fail to tape into that creativity at times because our thoughts are a reflection of our experiences. What does that mean? I was unwilling to be creative because I was in a broken space. I was not allowing my thoughts and word produce results, because I refused to act on it. Iyanly Vanzant says the creation process is: Thoughts + Word + Action= Results. Without those three, there is no result. Period.
What are you WILLING to CREATE Today?
Everyone is talking about Bey’s “Formation” Video. Good or Bad, people are talking. Whether you hater her or love her…you are still talking. It took me a minute to write this blog, because I wanted to see what was trending. What I I have yet to read, is the true content of the video. Or am I being too deep?
This is what I saw: Bey used her image to bring un-apologetically Black images and statements to a usually White forum. The video Exposed millions to the 50th Anniversary of the Black Panthers movement. (Did you miss that?) During the month, a month dedicated to Black History, she reminds us of the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, that left thousands of African-Americans homeless, displaced, disrespected and dead. Though it was an act of nature, the handling of the after math from our Government was appalling. It affected more Blacks than it it did Whites. Did you forget? Beyoncé’s “Formation” touches on many different topics including the #BlackLivesMatters connection. Her lyrics, clearly informs you that she is a powerful Black woman; she broke down her genealogy “My daddy Alabama, momma Louisiana, you mix that negro with that Creole makes a Texas-Bama…” She let the world know “I am here to #Slay”. “Formation” was a black woman’s call to arms. She deified the norm and dropped her single AND video without warning. Making history…BLACK HISTORY. Formation reminds us of the blood that runs through our veins and the hoods we grew up in. We’re holding all of those in our black communities who came before us up high.
What Beyonce is doing is creating #BlackGirlMagic, the best hashtag that was created to bring together black women all over the world. And the most beautiful thing to come out of #BlackGirlMagic is this appreciation for self, as black women. In a society that only recognizes our black features and culture, #BlackGirlMagic has encouraged us to own our culture. Black women are becoming even more empowered then they already were — but black women have been slaying for centuries. We simply have more platforms on which to slay. We’re taking up more space. #BlackHistory2016, we celebrate Harriet Tubman, Madam C.J. Walker, Rosa Parks, Zora Neale Hurston, just to name a few. We #Slay!
In the words of Bey: “Always stay gracious, best revenge is your paper.”