An eloquently written and amazing piece that truly hits the nail on the head. I urge everyone to read this!
As a black female (no, I’m not pulling the race or gender card), I face so many frustrations and micro-aggression’s on the daily and yet feel that I am unable to express any of these without being unfairly labeled as bitter or receiving an eye-roll or two.
I enjoy popular culture so much, and I won’t ever cease to consume it in all its glory, despite the under-representation of people that I can truly identify myself with. I don’t hold a grudge against anyone that works in the industry, because despite perhaps being given a little more opportunity, they have worked their butts off to get where they are and are so very talented.
I do tend to become a little disheartened and upset every once in a while however, when I catch myself doubting the possibility of my own success simply because I am black and also a female. Thanks for that, genetics!
But, as Drake and Future have repeated so eloquently: “what a time to be alive”. I honestly believe that we are on the cusp of change in the world of media and entertainment – Viola Davis, Regina King and Uzo Aduba being a prime example as of this week – and optimistically hope and think that we are on the brink of more opportunity for everyone.
“The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else, is opportunity. You cannot win an Emmy, for roles that are simply not there. So here’s to the writers, to the awesome [people] who have redefined what it means to be beautiful, to be sexy, to be a leading woman, to be black.” – Viola Davis