Rise Women Rise: Cynthia

Guest Story by Cynthia

From the moment this historical event entered my world, I have been thinking about what the impact of this means me and how it will continue to affect my life. You see, I am not only a Beautifully Dark skinned sista, I am also a Beautifully Dark skinned Amputeed sista. I have been a Below the Knee amputee all of my life and the greatest of challenges for me was overcoming the stigma of “I am not capable enough to take care of myself or am smart enough to do so.” On top of being told without being told that I am nothing to be valued. I am truly excited and waiting with bated breathe for the opening of this Documentary. I was so moved by the vision of this, I created a poem in honor. Hoping you enjoy and find hope and strength from it.

By Cynthia Jacob-Brown

Here’s to the Blackness, The Essence of…The Heartbeat of She…The Eclipse that covers the moon. The WHOLE that takes all light in the universe and swallows it.

I understand now…My dark intimidates you. My dark frightens you. My dark beckons you to “LOOK AND SEE ME”

Don’t get it twisted!!!…ya don’t scare…ya don’t shrink…ya don’t hide me away to keep me from being seen. Honey Child!!!… even the shadow will show itself and you cannot get away that easily.

Huh!!!…won’t be denied my rightful place in the sun. All who have seen my beautiful darkness, my strong blackness have bowed down to my tone and have strived to EMULATE me and my god given natural beauty.

Didn’t have to purchase products to get the tonal color desired. I just am, I just am, I JUST AM THE BEAUTIFUL…THE POWERFUL…THE COVER OF STRENGH PERSONIFIED.




The Dark Girls Movie- Rise  Women Rise Campaign seeks to share their stories of healing, empowerment, and triumph. We know this issue goes beyond the United States and Black people. This is for ALL women from around the world. If you have a written story or video, please submit here.

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2 Responses to Rise Women Rise: Cynthia

  1. Keith Thomas says:

    I’m the host of Tha Break Down Show an I went to the premiere at the Historic Apollo threader. I was blown a way by what I learned and I’m a dark skin guy. The movie explored the unspoken feelings of a dark skin woman. I enjoy the movie an being around so many beautiful black people. Go support Dark Black its a positive move it will make you feel good to be a back person an if your not black still go it’s good. I’ve talked to people of a different race a its seem like if you dark you will relate to this move.

  2. Robin says:

    I wish we would acknowledge our ancesters as “Africans who were enslaved”, rather than as “slaves”, a demeaning term that omits our origin as a people stolen from African and brought to America against our will and used as free labor for centuries. I think our empowerment could start there.

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