Happy February! Happy Black History Month! February is one of my favorite months of the year. It’s my birth month, there’s Valentine’s Day, and my favorite Black History Month! As a Nigerian-American woman, I am so proud of my heritage. I am proud of all the wonderful things black people have done in society and in this world.
I am not discrediting other races. I am simply celebrating my own. I want to share with you 4 reasons (I could do more) why I love being black.
Let’s get to it.
1.Black Is Beautiful:
I’m blessed to have a mother who encouraged the notion that “black is beautiful.” She would always tell my sister and I that our skin tone is unique, special and beautiful. Now as an adult, I’m appreciating my melanated skin more than ever.
Having dark skin and seeing the beauty of #BlackGirlMagic is something I constantly surround myself with. I love that our skin tone almost defies the sun. And sis, have you seen a dark person wearing bright colors? The phenomenon is astounding. Plus, it is practically a proven fact that “black don’t crack”, meaning that black people tend to age slower than other races.
But our beauty is more than skin deep. Black people have beautiful spirits, personalities, dimensions, auras, strength, and wisdom that is captivating.
2. Black People Influence Culture And Society
Black people have been slaying the game since the days of ancient kingdoms and empires. Historically, we have made significant contributions to society from peanut butter, to pace makers.
However, speaking about modern times, I have noticed that black people often set the tone for pop culture. Think about it, almost every dance trend, social media hashtag, or “cool” hairstyle, has started from a black person.
This is why in recent times, there has been so much cultural appropriation of black people. While I’m flattered that people really appreciate black culture, it’s devastating to see that we often don’t get the credit for our contributions.
I won’t get too deep into it. I can speak on this topic for a while. However, K.Michelle has a song called “Kim K” that deals with how the Kardashian’s are praised for concepts and ideas that have been started by black people.
Although that irks me, they do say that imitation is the best form of flattery.
3. Being Black Is Fun
From our comedies, to our cookouts, being black is such a good time. I love our fun spirits and how almost all of us can pull off an effortlessly cool aura. While not every black person has rhythm, a good majority of us do.
There have been so many times where I’m taking a dance class or in a place where there are dancing, and someone asks me to show them how to dance. It’s the African rhythm that flows from our blood.
Also, being black is like a VIP pass to inside jokes, certain slang, certain perspectives, and a sense of familiarity with other people. For example, when I see another black person, I can almost immediately relate to them in at least one aspect of my life. I have a sense of comfort that they have gone through similar experiences as me.
4. Being Black Is Unique
In our Westernized society, black people and black experiences, make us minorities. Unless you go to certain regions, in “mainstream” society, black people are hard to come by. I take that as a badge of honor. We are like rare flowers that bloom in adversity. (Stole that from Mulan)
The black experience is multidimensional and cannot be experienced by anyone other than a black person.
Our hair textures are unlike any other race. Our styles and personalities vary tremendously. Our skin tone range is immense.
I genuinely feel so blessed to be chosen by God to be black.
While I have so many more reasons why I love being black, I don’t want this post to be super long. I will be doing more black history related posts throughout the month. Stay tuned. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please leave them through the contact section. I would love to hear reasons why you love being black.
Have a wonderful day.