While the majority of the Black community wants us to embrace gender equality, there is a struggle in the community about gender identity and sexuality. But the constructs of gender and sexuality, as we currently know it, are used to oppress us.
As Europeans began their assault on Africa, they forced their ideas of gender and sexuality onto Africans, who had for centuries acknowledged a spectrum of identities. Today, even with division in the community, we're beginning to return to those roots.
As these celebrities lead the charge, they show that reclaiming our bodies is a powerful step towards dismantling the anti-Black ideals that have long shaped our standards around beauty, worth, and identity.
It is a radical act of self-love and self-empowerment that allows us to embrace the diverse range of bodies, features, and experiences within the Black community. This reclamation involves unlearning deeply ingrained biases and prejudices about what constitutes valid beauty standards. How does our beauty inspire you?