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Black Identity

Updated: Nov 1, 2018

Dancehall Artist Spice really made the black community look at itself and its "Black Hypocrisy", which is the title of her single that brought about the whitening publicity stunt by the way. As a dark woman she was deemed not pretty enough but as a light woman she was criticized for not loving her blackness. So which one is it kin?

Seeing yourself as worthy when you are bombarded with messaging saying your not, is one of the most daunting things black people go through regularly. In Imani Perry's book there is a great description of race in Chapter Two. "Race, like Sexuality, is a place where power masks itself as nature" - Anthony Farley

To be black is not just the color of one’s skin, add the layers of a language (the head nod), culture (dances and hip-hop, soca, afro-beats), struggle (slavery and abuse), history (slavery and abuse), herstory (slavery and abuse) and united movement (civil rights, black panthers, BLM etc); you get something so much more profound, spiritual and potent then just skin color. You truly witness what God has describe in every doctrine of every religion. Jesse Williams said it best when he won his 2016 BET Humanitarian Award, "Just because we're Magic, doesn't mean we're not real". I truly believe as a collective we have built up so much Prana (life-giving force) that we have become one interconnected energy that can't be ignored.

Some Books to consider reading are below.

- More Beautiful and More Terrible: The Embrace and Transcendence of Racial Inequality in the United States by Imani Perry

- Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America's Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing by Dr. Joy Degruy

- Our Kind of People: Inside America's Black Upper Class by Lawrence Otis Graham