“The Black woman is the most unprotected, unloved woman on earth…she is the only flower on earth…that grows unwatered.”
Kola Boof, Egyptian-Sudanese-American novelist and poet (viachelebelleslair)
“If racial profiling, prejudice, discrimination and racism ended today…I’ll still yell at the top of my lungs I LOVE BEING BLACK!”
-Lady A.C *Yea I said that*
This has to be one of the sexiest pic of #blacklove I’ve ever seen
Destiny’s child said “cater to u” but what about catering to me?
I use to be able to easily say that I identified with being African more than I could to being black in America. But how could I identify with Congo more than America when I only lived in the country just four years? I argued, well because I ate the food, I spoke the language and my ndombolo was on point.
Then there was a period of time where I got criticized by other Africans for, “acting too black and American” and from other Congolese on my “American accent.” So then at that time I would have said that I identified with being Black-American more. Again, I argued, I could cuss like them; sing the black national anthem and crip walk down my middle school hallway.
My home experience was a whirlwind of trying to maintain Congolese customs and trying to assimilate to whatever the American culture was—which changed when I was with other brown people and then again when I was with vanilla people. Either I was Black-American or I was an African immigrant in America. But for some reason I always felt like I couldn’t be both simultaneously. I always felt like I had to choose for some reason—thinking that we were so different that I had to be one or the other. As silly as it seems, I thought I either had to like french fries or fufu; Teddy Pendergrass or Koffi Olomide; Chinese fried rice or jollof rice. It was always a coin toss in my mind and it use to drive me crazy. I was jumping back and forth depending on the crowd because I didn’t want to feel like I was denying one side.
Kanye West calls his album “Yeezus” and white folks flip out about what an egotistical asshole he is. Meanwhile, John Lennon is still considered the biggest badass on the planet for saying The Beatles were bigger than Jesus.