Right now, there’s an influx of monetary abundance towards me because I am black, I’m VERY grateful, but I want MORE than abundance in money. I want abundance in worldwide support, love, self love, self care, and CHANGE. These are my words. I made this in 2019 during Black History Month for M*nyVids (not sure if I’ll get flagged for mentioning them so it’s censored) and it still keeps me going today. During that month, I wanted to die. Because I was going through a transformation. I left behind a life where I was surrounded by people who only cared about blackness if it was quiet.
My white ex-gf only supported blackness if it was quiet. She tried to silence me and she’s history (amongst other awful things). My white mother (I’m adopted) nearly got cut off until she finally changed and grew to try and understand blackness. So many white “friends” back in 2016 supporting Tr*mp deleted. I was surrounded by white moderates and although I’m still not done severing ties with all of them (only because SOME of them I need a court order to do so and I don’t have the money rn) I know I am done. SO done.
I wasn’t going to say ANYTHING. I was going to just try and sit alone in meditation and try and stay calm because I know that I’m triggered rn. But then I realized how far I’ve come. How many triggers I’ve faced HEAD ON over the past few years. Being brave enough to face my fears. To go into my trauma and integrate fragments of my soul back into myself. To go inward and love my inner child. I’m healed enough to speak out without falling apart and I’m doing it NOW.
Every. single. black. life. MATTERS. Every single one.
Black sex workers, queer LGTB black people, disabled black people, black parents, black families, black babies, black non-binary people, black women, black men, fat black people, skinny black people, unconventionally attractive black people, conventionally attractive black people, EVERY BLACK LIFE MATTERS. Support each and EVERY black life.
All I want is this message shared and for you ALL to face your inner traumas. To love yourselves (even your OLD selves, if you were problematic before that self IS important because it taught you valuable lessons) deeply and completely.
Support black sex workers ALL THE TIME. Support ALL black owned businesses ALL the time. Support black healing ALL the time. Support us ALL the time. Not just when one of us are slain yet again.
“people will stop understanding you at certain phases of your life. growth comes in different forms so sometimes it’s harder to recognize. but you can never take it personally if you’ve outgrown their comfort level of you. you are a version of themselves they are yet to meet yet.”
WHAT DID THEY DO TO MY GIRL AND BOY, They AUNT VIVIAN’ED HER!!
and boy did it-
Like Pharrell Said: The Truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off. (Pharrell Williamns - Lemon Ft Rihanna.)
Since we on the topic of RiRi….
Here is a cursed picture of a white washed version of her and Beyonce, look a double–
1. lack of representation of Black Women in Hollywood, Media, Art Community, Gaming Communities. (or just ignorance in general.)
*It’s off topic about art but…it’s still historial and informative. Take a Look at Beyonce, She was the first black woman to ever perform in 2018, We are very much behind when it comes to equality in anything really.*
White Washing is a problem because of lack their of Black Female Characters in the art community/Anime/Comic/Cartoon Industry. There is many versions of the same (pale)(Light) skin toned, of every character imaginable, and never really any dark-skinned obviously very VERY much BLACK characters.
Black Washing: People wanting to see their favorite characters if they were from another nationality, African, Haitian, etc. What would they look like? Darker yes but with fuller lips? Pointer cheeks? who knows? it’s u to the artist.
Reason for this: Lack of Equality, Education, Respect, Motivation, and acknowledgment. The Lack of people imagining how or knowing how Black women look, act, speak, talk (other than Ghetto or Angry).
When they make a black woman, it’s always, stereotypical or wishy-washy simpled down, Afro or Straight hair.
It’s out of frustration of not seeing ourselves, the fact that many people choose not to acknowledge it on purpose, is the reason they changed the tones of many other characters.
We Yearn to see ourselves, especially in Romance Visual Novels.
By saying they can’t see or understand the problem, even with intensive research, an explanation from said Black Women, Girls, etc.
What’s even sadder is our counterparts, Black Men Have all of the love and attention, but are draw overly Sexual Bodies(and Angry/ Overly Hyper Stereoscopic Gangster Persona); most of the time.
Lately, it’s been dying down, since we have characters like EKKO in League of Legends and Lucian, Rock Lock, and Not as mainstream anime Michiko to Hatchin’s Satoshi Batista and even Light Skinned Black men are getting in on the attention. (Note:
Rock Lock Is Definitely Afro-Japanese, His name is Ken Takagi (My Hero Academia))
Ekko: My Favorite Boy
We rarely see ourselves to the point we don’t even know how to start, drawing ourselves once we do learn to draw, especially me.
I know how to draw straight hair, but not natural African/Black curly hairstyles, at all.
I’m just as tired of seeing black women not portrayed in anime, don’t even get me started on the lack of Muslim representation- or even Eastern Indian, and Natives being drawn and portrayed Stereotypical; *sigh*.
Also miss me with the bullshit about how Japan is Japanese and all Characters are Japanese when I’m sure There is Foreigners who live in JAPAN and they exist, as well as in Anime too, especially the White girls with BLONDE HAIR and BLUE EYES.
I’m also very happy to see more Black characters being portrayed, with natural looks, not overly exaggerated characters of racist depictions of us.
Sorry I ranted On I needed to blow off steam with the countless racist white people (in the anime community) who’ve told me that “force diversity is shit.” or “You complain to much.” or “Then you draw it.” like we arealy don’t and it’s rejected for funding because it’s not enough white people in our art, or it’s too black.
Gif Above: Normani Kordei
MIchiko To Hatchin: MIchiko Malandro: who was arguably the most arguable when the anime first came out. “Is she Black, Is She Japanese?” No and No, She is Brazilian Black, Afro-Latina. Her Character Design is referenced off of the R&B Singer, Aaliyah Haughton:
But here is a list of Black Female characters with Dark skin who are indeed African/Japanese, African/Black/ etc; with dark or brown skin: The list is very short.
If you have any, list it below:
Atsuko Jackson (Rival to Michiko; but low-key cares for bestfriend.)
I recommend this Anime to EVERYONE <3
Michik e Hatchin
Hunter x Hunter: Canary! (she’s so cute awwwlrjoej)
Get it Mamass!!!
and my new obsession is this gorgeous cartoon that needs so much love (It’s on NETFLIX)
Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts:
If there are anymore Brown-Dark Skinned Character list them below: I will update the list.
Black Girl Magic isn’t just for black women with college degrees, big houses, fancy cars, and/or own businesses. Black Girl Magic implies to all black women and girls. Black women and girls who grew up poor have magic. The ones with high school diplomas have magic. The ones who dropped out of school for whatever reason have magic. Magic shouldn’t be exclusively preserved for the rich and famous. Struggling black women and girls deserve recognition, respect, and love too.