Saturday, April 30, 2016

In honor of little black girls

From Mary Hoffman's book Amazing Grace

"That nappy hair."

"That dark skin."

"That big nose."

"Those big lips."

If you are a black kid, you've probably heard hurtful words like these.

I remember being 10 years old. It was an odd time. I was still a kid, but I was in the double digit years for the first time. I was the plump, too-tall-to-be-10 kid. I loved reading and excelled in school, but I didn't feel like I really fit in. I wanted to be a Latina with dark, straight hair. Why a Latina? Well, I couldn't be white and didn't want to be white. Mind you, I didn't know any Latinos, but I was in Spanish club in about 3rd grade, and I had a Cabbage Patch doll that I thought was black due to her caramel-colored skin that matched mine...but when I popped in the CD-rom to register my doll, I found out she was a Latina. Welppp, that's what I wanted to be, too, because I wanted to experience what it would be like to not be black.

As a concerned auntie, I've been thinking about how to encourage my oldest niece and promote healthy self-esteem. For Harriet compiled an amazing list of 25 Empowering Books for Little Black Girls. While she is 10 years old and in this "tween" stage, I still think that several of these books will be helpful in opening her eyes to see herself as a person with a rich heritage and limitless possibilities.

As I got older, I began to understand that God created me and that everything that He created in the first 6 days of Earth, He declared "good". I understood that God loves me so much, that He wants me to not have to be separated from Him. He took measures to ensure that I have an opportunity to experience and know Him and His love, abundance, hope, mercy, forgiveness, and grace. What a good God! I want my niece to understand these things now, in her younger years, so that she can spread God's story to others so that they, and she, might experience the same. And change the narrative to...

"That lovely tightly coiled hair. Look at bounce!"

"That beautiful mocha colored skin. Sweet!"

"That strong nose."

"Those delightful lips that only people from a rich continent and history of being survivors."

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Why I love the Rachel Dolezal story

She seems to have more black pride than some black people! I just get up everyday and know that I'm black and keep it moving. She proved that she "is" black.

And I must say that I loved the #askRachel nonsense on social media. Got my laughs in! With all that being said, pray for Rachel! We all need prayer. Don't point fingers at her.

Alright, one for the road though...

Happy Black History Month!

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Happy Black History Month!

I would be wrong if I didn't give a shout out to Black History Month! I'm really excited about it this year. I don't know why but it just seems like this year I'm really proud of who I am and where I come from.

My Southern history is filled with ugly, horrendous stories of mistreatment and injustice. Thanks be to God that things have changed soooo much!!!

There is also a lot of beauty and wonder in black history. One of my favorite black facts is about Rosa Parks. Did you know she wasn't the first black woman not to give up her seat in order to fight for change? Before Rosa Parks there was Claudette Colvin. Ms. Parks was a part of a well organized plan that forever changed history. She was well-known and well-respected. Check out Ms. Colvin's story!

Friday, February 5, 2016

Ready for summer

A rabbi, a Black baptist minister, and a
priest walk into the room...sounds like the beginning of a good joke right?

Well, I'll tell you what's no joke. I am ready for summer! For the beach and feeling the sand between my toes. Whew! Thank God for creating all that ocean for me to stare at and "get lost" in.

God's creation is really beautiful, isn't it? And to think He made all of this in 6 days (read the book of Genesis). On the 7th day, He rested! That's what I'm tryna do this summer! I'm not God so I'll be taking more than "one day" off!

I'm looking forward to taking long walks in the evenings, cookouts, lounging by the pool with my feet in the water, eating fresh watermelon, going to the outdoor Farmer's market, and drawing on the sidewalk with the kids. What are you most looking forward to this summer?
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