I first realized I was black - well, maybe the first time I remember 'being black' was in fifth grade. And since then, I've had a series of events that have added to this definitive. Starting out, I played into the not-loving-the-black-parts-of-me. But then at some point, I started loving me. I loved everything I previously despised. My eyes, my lips, my overall more prominent features.
You know what's interesting, all the things I struggled with back then, Curtis LOVES and voices it freely. Each time, I'm in awe. It just amazes me that God would bring me someone who would love all the parts I despised. CRAZY! I'm thankful though!
When I got a hold of this self-love, I also connected with my true calling, which is, changing the way people see us as black people. There are so many stereotypes about us. Some of which are true..for some, and none are true for us all. So it's kinda pointless, ya know? Whatever, however, I want to do the work of internal changing required to make more global changes. This is my lifelong work. The first step is self-mastery.
I'm getting closer to this desire by reaching for awareness + excellence, by practicing meditation. This is helping me to build my mind, strengthen my mentality. I'm taking the primal and most crucial steps to leave an intentional legacy, write my own story.
Let's take charge, write our own stories. Let's take responsibility for the history that's passed on. We may not be proud of all the aspects of our history to-date. But eh, slavery being written wasn't necessarily in our control. Isn't it a beautiful thing that we can change the direction? That we can do something different?
This month, with the Golden: Black Excellence Series, We'll be sharing our individual black stories in an effort to imprint self-told stories. Want to share your story with our audience?, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let's get your story told - from your perspective.