Black is color. Black is a culture. Black is a people. Still recovering from the devastation that is “white” supremacy, blackness, that is African-ness remains prominent. We wade in the next wave of a Black Movement. All over the world the stains of colonialism are being vehemently scrubbed away.
The rebirth of the afro sported as the “natural hair movement” surely fills this writer with pride and relief. This is the reclaiming of self and the beauty of self. All too often and for far too long, black women forced themselves into European beauty standards just to be “presentable” and “professional” for a job interviews. Even to look good to a man, required the suppression of natural blackness. It is good to see this societal shackle thrown off, leaving the black hair salon cut off. In order to maintain this acceptance of ourselves, we need more and better hair care products and services that cater to natural black hair in all of its textures.
Thanks to activists like writer, Michelle Alexander and the Black Lives Matter Movement, strides in social justice reform are steady. The awareness now being brought forward of planned and intentional racial profiling within police departments, clandestine and illegal quota systems being spotlighted, less black bodies are garnering federal monies wasting away in jail and prison cells. The passive and aggressive crimes of racists and bigots are uploaded for the world to see and hear the hypocrisy of post-racialism.
The great beacon of colonialist karma is the present state of South African political reform. The people of the land rise up to reclaim their birth rite; a thing so beautiful its poetic and sublime.
In the next thirty years, Nigeria will surpass the United States as the bronze medal holder for most populous nation. Trinidad & Tobago also hold the bronze as the richest country in the Americas by GDP per capita.
Advances in genetic testing and the rise of DNA kits have many able en mass, for the first time to at least pinpoint a region and tribe of African ancestry, planting seeds of repatriation.