I’m down with a legion of bad ass black chicks. We live in a world where the voices of black women are constantly being stifled and if any sister has an opinion other than the status quo, she is ostracized. It appears that calling out racism, sexism or any other “ism” that we endure is met with cynicism, sarcasm and just blatant disregard/ disrespect. I like to think that I align myself with brilliant sisters that kick ass and take names for a living. We are activists, mamis, lovers, amigas, sisters and daughters. We, each, speak with a distinct fire. We select different words to express our sentiment. We speak for the sisters that are afraid of the power of their own voices.
Our parents influenced my sister and I to be thinking conscious children. I was that little girl who always wanted to be around the grown folks because kiddie shit bored me to tears. I was smarter than most of the kids in my age group and I wanted to talk about things that mattered to black folks. From an early age, I walked to the beat of a different drum. Being the opinionated, smart kid intrigued people especially because I, rarely if ever, back pedaled when I took a stance and I became well-versed in the art of communicating “fuck you” in various forms. I like to classify myself as a “thinker” although my passion for justice and love of black diasporans catches me wearing my heart on my sleeves frequently. Shout out to my quick-witted, ornery ass parents for making me brilliant. I have spent the past few years writing as a guest contributor and decided this past April that I needed to start my own blog as this voice is just too fierce to not be heard.
As the founder of She Slays, Just Be Inc. and Forty is the New 40, Tarana Burke is the sister who lays it all on the line for young brown girls everywhere. She helps young sisters recognize their value through love (sometimes tough love), tenderness and life lessons all while raising her “Baby Giant” on her own. Don’t get it twisted though. She does recognize her collective village. She, intelligently, shuts all bullshit down while fashionably laying to rest any misconceptions that she is for any games. She is an incredible woman and is not afraid to express her vulnerability. Mi hermana stays cool as a cucumber while offering fresh perspectives to taboo subjects. Hell, I envy that and I love her for it. She is never afraid to initiate engaging dialogue between the sexes or just sister to sister conversations.
Another sister in my legion of bad ass black chicks is Sili Recio – founder of My Mamihood and voted Latina Magazine’s top Blogger to Know in 2014. The founder of Mamihood Media is an outspoken activist mami to the “Frog Princess”. Esta negrita es la reina of nice/nasty. She lends her bilingual voice to the struggles of women as an organizer at Momsrising.org. This passionate mami spearheads movements involving us especially like “Black Breastfeeding Week”-a cause that is extremely close to her heart. Sili is a force with whom to be reckoned when it comes to speaking out and acting on issues that affect us. She takes no shorts.
Last but not least is the youngest of the sisters with voices posse- Dorothy Bell Ferrer a.k.a Insurgent Prieta. It is a beautiful thing to be young, insightful and fearless. She reminds me a lot of myself. As a writer for La Respuesta Magazine, she is the voice for the next generation of young blacktivists. Mi prietita isn’t afraid to have the conversations that make us uncomfortable. She says the shit that needs to be said y ya! She jumps leaps and bounds to take the steps to make our world better. She had the balls to leave the comfort of the mainland to go back to Puerto Rico to make a difference.
We are judged by the words that we speak, the messages that we convey and the causes for which we fight. It’s not easy to open up your soul to the world but somebody has to do it. We aren’t the only ones. There are numerous legions of bad ass black chicks fighting to ensure that each and every one of us is heard loud and clear. Even if you haven’t found your voice just know that there is a sister that will speak for you until you do.