Gabby Douglas is our first African American all-around Olympic gold medal winner. And what did the well-raised, processed, hair weave African American debs notice? Her hair. Twitter, Facebook, and other social media was flooded with guffaws from mostly African American women, pitifully. Gold medal or no, Gabby Douglas was reduced to a jar of Ultra Sheen and a flat iron. Put that wagging finger to good use and the world will listen.
Jada Pinkett-Smith has decided to move against the tide of yo momma. She allows her daughter to explore the woman-to-be in music and personal performance. Willow’s mistakes will be HER markers for improvement. Can we put such trust in our young woman? And why not?
More young mother’s are adopting this style of child rearing, especially when it comes to their daughters. Our young women may not look the part of our dream life, (I really mean ‘DREAM LIFE’) but we are seeing more empowered young woman than ever before. We do not need to agree. Willow leaves room for us to find our own womanhood, achieve greatness, and stop blocking the vision. Rhianna … heads up! Love you, girl.
Black parents are notoriously strict. Whenever the topic of the way “we” raise our kids arises, Black folks eagerly trade discipline tales like war stories. And no matter how traumatic the ending, the sharer will often note that they’re thankful for their parents’ MO because without it they would either be dead or in jail. As much as that may be true, I do wonder how our communities might be improved by allowing children more opportunities to push boundaries and ask questions.