The color isn't the new black - the race is. Being black is wonderful. Recently fashion artists, music artists, and some community leaders are bringing national attention to our struggles and our magnitude. Black people are trendsetters, creative souls, intelligent, talented, and resilient. Although it has taken a while for some of us to understand just how beautiful and powerful we are as a people, it seems to be finally catching on.
We have amazing ancestors who have paved the way for us. We should not only honor them during Black History Month, but we should pay homage to them everyday by hustling harder, treating ourselves with more respect and by becoming more united as a culture.
When I read quotes from leaders like Angela Davis or reflect on the accomplishments of Harriet Tubman, I get an urge to be great. Their struggles and achievements inspire me to be unapologetic, authentic, and to inspire others to do the same. My message to my people is let's continue to cultivate and embrace our roots. Let's grow mentally, spiritually and financially and give our children the appropriate resources to do the same. I truly believe what rapper Kendrick Lamar chants in his one of his songs on his recent album (which is actually my favorite song of 2015), "We gone be alright!"
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- Samjah Iman