On Sunday, I watched the Golden Globes, now usually I’m only here for the red carpet but this time I watched almost all of it. I was excited about This Is Us and Sterling K Brown. I also wanted to see how Issa Rae did with her nomination and a few others. In true fashion, Auntie Oprah took the stage and set my whole entire soul on fire. I’m all about being intentional.
I don’t know why I decided to watch all the Golden Globes this year but it was clearly by design. I need to hear a word and Auntie Oprah would be the vessel. Oprah was given the Cecil B. DeMille Award; an honorary Golden Globe Award is given by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for “outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment. We all know Oprah is worth of such an award.
In Oprah’s speech, she mentioned Recy Taylor, she was a woman who was kidnapped, blindfolded and brutally gang-raped at gunpoint by six white men while walking home from church. One of the men admitted to the rape and named the other attackers, yet no charges were ever brought against them. After Recy spoke out against her attackers, the lawyers representing the white men offered to pay her off if she would “forget” the rape. The men were tried by an all-white jury and they got off. Recy’s story is said to be a jump start for the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960’s.
Then Oprah said this…
“What I know for sure is that speaking YOUR TRUTH is the most powerful tool we have.”
The next day I wrote part of Oprah’s message on the sleeve of my tea cup. I needed the visual reminder. I was ready to get my life in order, I had my super cute planner out writing my dreams down. Along with my dope 2018 Calendar by Nubian Rock Chick.
Did you hear that? Speaking YOUR TRUTH is the most powerful tool we have. I hear that and I get that but I don’t think I’m living that. I will be intentional about that going forward. Sometimes we need people to give us permission to do what we know we should be doing. Doing so won’t be easy and everyone won’t agree but your truth is your truth. I didn’t know Recy Taylor’s story until Oprah mentioned it on Sunday.
For Christmas, I purchased the Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History book for LittleCuteLips. It is a book by Vashti Harrison filled with the stories of 40 black women. Some of the stories we know but there are so many unsung women that we don’t hear much about like Recy Taylor. After the book arrived I loved it so much I purchased additional copies to give to other little girls I know.
LittleCuteLips and I started reading her book, and every day we will read a new story until we finish the book. We discuss each story and talk about the person and the details of the story.
Some of the women I hadn’t heard about so we were learning together.
The truth is growing up I didn’t have books to read with brown girls in them that looked like me. Yes, I enjoyed Judy Blume and the Babysitters club but none of those girls looked like me. The world isn’t all one thing, so it is essential to have books, movies, and dolls that look like us. For me that is brown for you that could be red hair or whatever. Representation is important. I am proud that this won’t be my daughters story. While we laugh and love her Amelia Bedelia books she also has books like Little Leaders Bold Women in Black History to read as well. I want her to know that speaking HER truth is the most powerful tool she has.
Also note, because she/we/me/us speak OUR truth it has nothing to do with you and YOUR truth. If MY truth makes YOU uncomfortable please know that, that reflects on YOU and NOT me! I won’t hide MY truth to make you feel comfortable and you shouldn’t have to do that either.