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A woman in the Black Power movement was considered, at best, irrelevant. A woman asserting herself was a pariah. If a black woman assumed a role of leadership, she was said to be eroding black manhood, to be hindering the progress of the black race.
—  Elaine Brown (Black Panther Party: A Taste Of Power) 


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anonymous asked:

I was reading a post u made about anhk art...Im an (black) artist and I agree w/ u...lol. sometimes some of the stuff u see is over the top, like cringe worthy #TooMuch, but I draw black women as goddesses too (guilty...lol) but I try 2 be as tasteful as possible. l but I do this because I hate seeing women that look like us always portrayed as something lesser than or degrading art wise. Plus 2 me black women are the truth #ImJustSayin But what do u think if the art is done tastefully? #Peace

you just gotta be realistic when it comes with black women. not every black woman gonna look like beyonce with a large afro. a lot of black women are dark skinned, have wider noses, are fat, are physically disabled, mentally disabled, mentally ill, etc etc. 

if you telling me you want to portray black women as beautiful goddesses but only draw them as light skinned with an hourglass shape, only a large afro or long dreads, naked for no damn reason, then you are really just like every other black artist who draw the black women the same damn way every time.

and no, just adding a tattoo isn’t thinking ‘out of the box’. 

have you ever drawn a black woman in a wheelchair? with one less limb? ever made art of a black woman with a short ass afro? one who has more of an apple shape than a pear shape? hell, have you at least put clothes on the women!!! 

at this point its not even being creative!! its about looking around you and seeing the black women all around you and drawing them as they ARE and not what your idealized version of a black woman is. 

idk what the hell you mean by ‘tasteful’, but this is what i am looking for. 

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