Big congratulations to Viola Davis for taking home the SAG award for winning Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series for ‘How to Get Away With Murder”. She’s also a winner for wearing her natural hair on Hollywood’s red carpet. Surrounded by other “Beautiful” people of Hollywood, she stood out. Wearing a formal white gown, her ebony skin glowing, and rockin’ a fro. Unapologetically. Black. In her acceptance speech, Davis let the world know that she is comfortable in her skin. I so appreciate her for that, and I am sure I’m not alone. With her speech and wrapped in all of her natural beauty; Davis serves as inspiration to Black girls everywhere. Her message: They are beautiful just as God made them. The same thing Davis thanked her fans for, is returned to her.
Hopefully, this inspiration will encourage black girls to reach farther and fly higher, uninhibited about the kink in their hair and the tone of their skin. Claiming our whole selves and claiming our beauty and strength, allows little girls to build the confidence needed in a still very racist world.
Don’t get it twisted, there are still far too many Black girls wishing for blonde hair that blows in the wind and skin that isn’t so dark. That needs to end. We lift them up by telling them they are beautiful and can achieve whatever it is they want in life. It helps better, if we lead by example by helping them to emulate the mothers, aunties, and other women who inform their lives.. My hope is that more moms will step away from the chemical treatments, and “show instead of tell” that there is nothing wrong with natural hair and loving the skin we’re born in.