Good day all! Last night as I was cruising Tumblr I came across someones post about wearing black on February 21st in honor of Malcolm X. So being the aspiring journalist that I am I went looking for reasons why. And Today marks the 47th anniversary of the death Malcolm X Shabazz. (I hope you allow me to preach for a second)
Yeah I know we all heard about him in school and granted it is black history month. Many people saw him (and still see him as) the opposite of what MLK stood for. But in reality Malcolm X wasn’t and advocater of hate, more rather an advocater for self love, self respect, not allowing ourselves to be torn down, beat down, disrespected, and everything in between.
I think late in his life he really learned what it meant to see beyond someones skin color, to see that love does not have a color, and that in order to really and truly find that happiness, find that feeling of acceptance, we have to tear down and remove the those walls that keep us divided. Don’t be afraid to befriend some who is of a different race. I speak from experience. My best friend since i was 10 years old is white, and I couldn’t imagine my life without her. It’s ok to open your mouth and speak to people who are different. It’s ok to embrace someone beyond their stereotypical societal strengths placed on them.
Ladies it’s ok to to embrace your body and be different. We curvy women, in the eyes of the fashion world are considered different, we don’t fit the norm and that worries people, but that is okay because Malcolm X from the time he was born didn’t fit the norm. As one of the strongest, most influential African American men to ever walk this earth he stood against the grain. Whether it was against the “white man” or those in his community that were trying to take him down. He stood against it all!
SO on today I wear all black to honor a man who taught us not to fear anyone. Who made a decision and stood by it. He was gunned down in the Audubon Ballroom in Harlem on this day in 1965
Top: Fashion to Figure
skirt: Forever 21
blazer: Lord & Taylor
fishnets: Lane Bryant