(Shot by Manny Jefferson)
V-NECK T-SHIRT: Primark
SHORTS: American Apparel
SANDALS: La Moda
GLASSES: American Apparel
I love my tight, 'nappy' hair. I love my dark upper lip. I love my blackness. But sadly, this world doesn't want me to adore me. This world wants me to hate me because insecure people are the easiest to control. And the easiest way to make someone insecure is to convince them that they are not and will not ever be 'enough'. As a result of this, we, as people of colour end up chasing the unattainable validation of our equally insecure oppressors who use the bullying of majestic, beautiful people as a coping mechanism for their own self-inflicted insecurities.
The reason I am saying all this is because we need for us black people as potential-filled individuals, to really go hard and love our individual selves. If we want to rebuild our communities, it has to start at home...with self. One cannot share an empty cup. But when you cup is full of love, you can pass some love onto someone else who is struggling a little harder than you; and slowly, we can support and love each other back onto our feet. With tightly-knitted families, come well-bonded communities, which form stable, love-filled nations.
As a start, we need to really support our friends. If you can't afford to buy their products (sometimes payday is way too far away...I feel you), please remind them of the importance of never giving up on your vision. Please help push their content and spread the word! This is often worth a lot more than financial support because faith can take you way further than funds can.
Ever since I started my self-love journey at the beginning of this year, I made a vow to myself that I will dedicate myself to not only loving my being, but helping other beautiful people recognise their value, potential and importance in this universe. We really need to have each other's backs, man!