Voila Davis expresses, "The only thing that separates women of color from anything else is opportunity" as she accepts her award for Drama Series Lead Actress at the 67th Emmy's. Chills rolled down my spine as she referenced a quote by Harriet Tubman that directly paralleled to the plight of African American women in the entertainment industry.
She spoke of gaining the opportunity to redefine "what it means to be beautiful…sexy…BLACK" in a society that bases beauty from a European or "Exotic" standpoint. I never understood the obsession with an "exotic" look. I also never understood how the African American woman with skin engulfed in melanin and hair like cashmere did not qualify as "exotic" or only stood at the forefront of beauty when we win awards for exemplary acting.
Today, we will show appreciation and love to our black sister not only for our plethora of accomplishments and unstoppable drive, but also for our beauty that has been undermined, ridiculed and shamed for decades. Thank you Voila Davis for being such a great example to all the little chocolate girls growing up surrounded by people who try so hard to prove they're unworthy. Thank you Lupita, Grace, Alek Wek, Roshumba, Uzo, and Lauryn for broadcasting that my black is beautiful!
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