I stan for my natural hair. Once an avid relaxer fangirl, I now shout “YASSSSSSSSSSSS” really loudly any time I see a natural proudly rocking her kinks. I’ve also received so many compliments on my extremely nappy and puffy hair that I have no darns to give about folks who feel natural hair is inappropriate for school, work, church, Big Mama’s dinner table, whatever. If you don’t believe black women should be “running round here nappy-headed” well you know avoid me at all costs because I’m basically the nappiest-headed of them all.
Here’s a list of other things that you should be prepared to deal with when dealing with me. Otherwise you can politely exit, stage left.
My Love of Makeup and My Passion for Feminism
“If you love yourself so much why do you pile all that makeup on your face?” “Aren’t you a feminist? Feminist hate men right? If you’re not putting your makeup on for men, who are you putting it on for?”
I’ve never been asked these things directly, but I know people who have. I’ve also seen several comments on the interwebs regarding women who have a feminist politic and choose to powder their nose. Yes, there are feminists who don’t wear makeup or paint their nails or wear high heels. Good for those women. Guess whose not one of those women? You guessed it. So why do you think you’re gonna dismantle over a year of feminist learnings and beliefs by pointing out that I wear makeup? Are your beliefs so easily swayed? Didn’t think so. Stop attempting to destroy the things I, or any other person, align myself with. Is my makeup affecting your feminism? Is my makeup attacking your attachment to patriarchy?
Well we ain’t got a thing to discuss.
My Deconstruction of Whatever Foolery you Tryna Propagate
If you walk into a room and yell something like “I don’t understand why all you angry black women are hating on Miley. Why you can’t let her, Iggy Azaelea, Justin Timberlake, and Robin Thicke do what y’all do without any social repercussion and be happy for them?”
I’m going to first hit you with this:
Then I’m going to hit you with this:
Lastly, I’m going to read you for filth. Not only will I give you a quick history of appropriation in the western world. I’m also going to drag you for knowingly saying something so ignorant. There are several articles on the internet that will inform you on any social issues. So many that there is absolutely no reason for you to be walking around stirring the pot. If you don’t like being called out on your foolishness when you know darn well that it is 100% Grade-A nonsense well you need to never cross my path.
I have more than one side
Somedays I want to talk about the wonders of Breaking Bad and the intricacies of the state of healthcare in the United States. Other days I want to revel in the goodness of Janelle Monae and Nicki Minaj and some days I want to listen to “O.G. Bobby Johnson” six times in a row. I’m a diverse human being, like most people, and I can’t promise that I’m going to be who you want me to be any given day. All I can be is Brianne and if you were looking for philosophical Bri and got ‘Started from the Bottom’ Bri instead….
I Wasn’t Put on this Earth to Make You Comfortable
This one sounds self-explanatory. Yet, people still have the tendency to get all up in their feelings when someone speaks their truth. This is not to say that you shouldn’t be understanding and conscientious of your words, but don’t let some one’s feelings get in the way of you sharing your reality to the world.
Hope summer is treating you right and you ain’t been left outchea,
“So I tell you, when you pray for something, believe that you have already received it. then it will be yours. And when you stand praying, forgive anyone you have anything against. Then your Father in heaven will forgive your sins.”- Mark 11:24-26