On Saturday I was checking my twitter time line and read the unfortunate tweet from Stacey McBride-Irby and the sad news of the death of Karyn Washington, creator of the website ForBrownGirls.com. A website for women of darker complexion could go and be inspired, feel beautiful and love their beautiful skin. Her life over at age 22, here is the link.
Demons? According to one of the dictionary description the word means a person, habit, obsessions, etc., thought of as evil, cruel, or persistently tormenting. Was it a stigma? A mark of disgrace or infamy; a stain or reproach, as on one's reputation. A blot, blemish, stain? Only she knows why she ended her life by suicide, only her God knows.
I don't know if it is just me or if I was fortunate to be surrounded by positive influences throughout my life. I have always loved everything about me and who I am. NO ONE could ever tell me something that would break my spirits down or make me not love the woman in the mirror. After all we are the descendants of the Queens of Africa and they were beautiful, smart, intelligent, stop you in your tracks gorgeous! If they can command legion of armies, handle the Roman and Greeks, how can you not want to aspire to be great?
Miss. Washington was beautiful and smart. She was a doll, she was a queen. Her only flaw was mental illness. Defined in the medical dictionary as various disorders characterized chiefly by abnormal behavior or an inability to function socially, including diseases of the mind and personality and certain diseases of the brain. Also called mental disease , mental disorder.
Our children, especially our little brown girls can not and should not grow up thinking they are not beautiful because of the color of their skin. This is not only heartbreaking but a slap in the face for all those women who kicked in and knocked the doors down in showcasing the diversity our skin tones comes in. They need to taught they are beautiful. They need to learn what their individual beauty is their blessing. They need to be expose to positive images all the times.
I know you are beautiful just like your mother, grandmother, nieces and goddaughters. I know when they look in the mirror they know they are beautiful. I'm just as beautiful too. Yes, I'm vain, I do love myself!
Have a Great Week Everyone.