I was talking to a male friend last night who had the most terrible view of black girls. He told me that most of the black girls that he has encountered are “ghetto”. They roll their eyes, clap their hands when they talk, enjoy ratchet things and are obsessive about their hair. I became sooo offended by this because I know that there is so much more to black women than that. What’s so crazy about his views of black women is that he is not the only person who feels this way. Many people of different races feel that this is what being a black women is all about. Many people think that all we are capable of is popping out babies, chasing men and getting public assistance. Many people think we are classless, confrontational and incapable of achieving success, and television and black females in entertainment don’t prove those stereotypes wrong. Well, during this conversation I had to remind this friend (who shall remain nameless) the strength and courage that black women have had since the beginning of time. What other race of woman had to endure slavery and do the work of a man? How is it that most of our single mothers who are taking care of multiple children, working (sometimes multiple jobs) and in school mostly are black women. There is so much more to us than what society tries to portray.
This conversation also reminded me of the Y.B.W that I know that I feel are TAKING OVER! Most of the young women that I know and are connected to are college graduates and are striving to establish careers for themselves. For instance, my cousin Jaz graduated college with a B.S in Biology and is now working for a pharmaceutical company. Not only that but she is preparing to take her MCATs to go to medical school. My big cousin Tiffany, graduated law school and has her own law firm. Not only that but she just gained the opportunity to work with the Feds (Wow, impressive!). My home girl Nyeesha, created a natural hair Vlog, which has over 3 million viewers to date. Not only that but she has established her own hosting business and was invited to host the Jesus Girl Summit in 2013!! So many young women that I have gone to school with are now in medical school, pharmacy school and law school. There is so much more where that came from, but I just used those few examples to show that there are more to black girls than society gives us credit for. We are making a difference, making something of ourselves and taking over. Shout out to all the Y.B.W out there who are proving stereotypes wrong. And to all the women who are proving these stereotypes right, get aligned with your purpose and show the world all the potential that lies within you. It’s time for us to prove the stereotypes wrong and TAKE ACTION!
P.S- Beginning in October PurposefullyPretty will have the Black Girl Taking Action of the month. I would like to highlight the achievements of other black women in our community and hope that it will inspire other young black women to strive for greatness! Be Inspired Y.B.W!!!