Was just thinking about the conversation I had with @laylafsaad
a few weeks ago about how and why we love @erykahbadu
- For me it’s about how she has always been a #carefreeblackgirl
. How sometimes when I’m picking my body apart in the mirror I legit think, “Erykah Badu would not be standing in the mirror tearing herself apart like this.” And maybe she does have those moments - but something in the way she seems to have always been on a journey (even in the spaces where we do not agree) makes me believe that she’s more Team You👏🏾Gone👏🏾Get👏🏾These👏🏾Love👏🏾Handles than Team (wallowing in a cold play song). I appreciate that.
Then of course there is the fact that Erykah Badu’s #WindowSeat
video healed something in me. The first time I ever saw a naked body shaped like mine on tv for any other purpose than for sex. Black women with bodies like mine don’t ever get to be “beautiful”... we can be “sexy...” but not beautiful. And there’s nothing wrong with sexy (Owwwww 😜) but that ain’t alllll we wanna be. Thickness is not “beautiful” on black women the way these aesthetics that have historically belonged to us are beautiful on “other” women, especially when it was bought for that purpose. 😬 || And then Erykah is walking down the street stripping naked, in charge of her body, and beautiful... and I was released from something. A lifelong hold. Permission to kill that story that my thighs were for anything other than what I say they’re for. That is a Psalm. Here’s where you say, “Amen.”
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