Rise Women Rise: Leona

Guest Story by Leona

My story is pretty much like most Dark Skinned women, I was made fun of, talked about with black jokes, “you so black, you went to night school and was marked absent every night”; but I’m not here to talk about how I cried, how bad is was being Black because that’s what we hear all the time; that’s why we remain is this category of slavery mantality, because we continue to re-hash all of it on a constant basis and haven’t gotten anywhere.

There was a study done in 1947 with a Black doll and White doll about which was the prettiest and smartest and it was the White doll, that same study was done a few years ago with the same results – nothing has changed.

I’m a Psychotherapist and have always wanted to help Black women, with their self-esteem issue that came from slavery. We should all be sick of seeing Black women crying, calling “Oh Lord”. A fool is a person who constantly does the same thing expecting a different result. I would love to give you some of my idea’s for a movie, something that can bring about effective results other than more agony about the pain of being black.

Recently Chris Rock hit the issue of good hair, there was a lot of controversy about the Psychologist who had written about how Black Women are less attractive in Psychology Today and all it has done is continue to dig in the wound of being dark skinned with nappy hair. I’m ready to do a little bit of role reversal, we don’t need another sad story but and inspiring story one that will go to the heart and show the beauty of dark skinned women.


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