If you wait on people to accept who and what you are, you’ll be waiting a life time to get it.
And I you manage to get it, you’ll son realize it wasn’t worth the wait to begin with.
I have always made it a point extend an olive branch to other women of all shapes and sizes and colors
so that I wouldn’t be classified as bitter or insecure over other women.
But the conclusion I’ve reached is that it doesn’t matter if you say hello first,
if you give first,
if you offer friendship or understanding first, all people see is COLOR.
As A black woman, that’s all I’ve been all my life: BLACK
My talents, my wisdom or anything else I had of value always took a back seat to how I looked.
Even in the art world, there are private discussions about what “type” of work sells and WHO can sell it,
and I was advised on several occasions not to do the “Black Girl” thing cause it’s not what black people want to see.
Some hard conclusion arose though.
And it wasn’t that black girls don’t sell, its that black girls created by black girls don’t move as fast.
I’ve seen white artists paint black girls, pitch black girls in folk art style on old doors and other eclectic stuff,
some of which can be misconstrued as “Coonery” and BLACK PEOPLE bought their art.
I’ve seen white women do paintings exclusively of black women who decide to keep themselves inconspicuous
and BLACK PEOPLE BUY THEIR WORK too!
And here I am, and actual black woman
And here I am, and actual black woman concerned about the politics of painting dark skin women because
I didn’t want to be misconstrued as a “hater”….
Telling my story and worried about acceptance when everybody else can enjoy
( without scrutiny) what they prefer to paint for whatever reason they choose to paint it.
Everybody Can DO What They Want to Do Except Me??
Everyone else gets to enjoy the novelty of it all, but I need sensible reasons for why I do what I do?
It’s a New Day..
And Im here to tell OUR STORY through the faces of Dark skin women.
I won’t say that I’ll never paint another complexion again because I will,
but the FOCUS now is on Black Girl Magic.
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