“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” – Harriet Tubman
It’s officially February which as we know marks the start of Black History Month.
Black History Month 2021, “THE ONLY WAY FORWARD IS THROUGH, TOGETHER!”
Incredibly elated by the 2021 theme because for years, I’ve always wondered, “oh, what we can do/accomplish/be if we only moved forward together.” As I witness black Americans stand at the crossroads of racism and the systems of oppression that perpetuate it, I think moving forward in faith and strategy are a few of the ingredients we’ve been missing. In simple terms, this theme is right on time!
In reflecting on last year, 2020 throughly woke me up as a black American. For years I was slightly ignorant and truly thought, ALL LIVES MATTERED! My attempts to adapt the “Christlike” thing to do in all things couldn’t get me to shift in being pro this or that. I loved/love everyone and have never honed in on the color skin. Black, white, brown, pink, blue, or purple – regardless of what color you were, I thought of you as my fellow brother or sister. Well, my perspective shifted significantly and I became hella WOKE last year.
The year commenced with COVID-19 that reportedly hit US harder than most ethnic group of Americans. WE were among MOST essential workers who risked their lives to serve others, but WE were among the first to lose OUR jobs after stay-at-home orders shuttered businesses in every state. Let’s not forget about the police-involved killings of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd that sent US into the streets with OUR masks on to protect a law enforcement system that doesn’t appear to protect US. And finally, the salt to OUR was the racist rhetoric supported in the nation’s highest places pitted white Americans against Black Americans at a time when we all needed so badly to work together.
History and facts aren’t my lane, so I’ll get right on back to fashion lol, but I am super incredibly proud to be a black woman. I recognize the importance of our movement and am proud to support it, this month and every month. I couldn’t be more grateful to all of those who’ve paid the way, created amazing inventions, and innovated and pioneered life before me.
Harriet Tubman’s dreamer quote stood out most to me as I surveyed quotes that resonated with me Black History. I constantly acknowledge how far we have come, but I also recognize how much further we have to go as well. Times have significantly changed and since we’ve been afforded more opportunities, Tubman’s quote is relative to us presently. The Wright brothers wanted to fly. Martin Luther King Jr. wanted to see everyone treated based on their character, not their skin color. Every great dream begins with a dreamer, and no matter who you are, you have a dream of some sort!
When I think about black people, I am so proud because our potential is limitless. We make a difference in the world and because we are a group of resilient individuals, our strength to move great obstacles and weather storms, our patience to continue to work towards our dreams when others give up, and our passion to inspire others to join us is unmatched. Bottomline, we just have “IT” – the sugar, spice and everything else in between to life.
Today just felt like a make your statement in black and white kind of day. I sorta feel like I pulled of feminist streetwear vibes, or perhaps it’s just the hat, LOL. Nonetheless, this has been my favorite uniform lately. Blazer, turtleneck, jeans, and some comfortable tennis shoes. Not sure what provoked me to pop this look with this fancy bag, but I love the way it complimented this casual look. This is one way dressing up casual can be achieved, but simply adding that one accessory that speaks for itself…..
Peace and Forever Blessings,