#WCW – Made in Beauty

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#WCW – Made in Beauty

 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well – Psalm 139:14

Brace yourself! I’m about to break a social media rule. I’m posting a #WCW on a #TBT. My schedule has been pretty hectic this week and I’m just getting a chance to sit down and collect my thoughts well enough to write. Anyhoo, let me get on with it.

A few nights ago, I did something I rarely do. I watched the entire 2014 BET Awards. In previous years, due to its lack luster and over saturation in the hip-hop department,  I stayed from watching it. However, this year, curiosity got the best of me. Not being a fan of today’s hip-hop and R & B, I have no clue of who’s hot and who’s not. Consequently, almost four hours of music performances and acceptance speeches it was.

The show went back and forth between rap performances, R & B performances and collaborations. I was forced to hit the mute button on quite a few performances due to profanity and lustful content. Swearing over a great beat is not something I’m a fan of either. With the exception of a terrific blast from the past from some great musical artists from the 90’s and a memorable black history moment, I’d give the show a C. Normally I’d care less about a show like this after it has concluded, but I can’t seem to keep my mind off of the performance and depiction of black women on the stage. Almost every single female African-American dancer or performer who hit the stage were adorned in very little attire and  performed what’s now considered the universal mating dance, THE TWERK. In case you aren’t familiar with twerking, it’s a dance sequence in which a woman and now some men, squat down low and in a very sexually aggressive fashion, makes their nether regions jiggle and dangle. It is the most annoying dance alive to date. And it refuses to die. I’ve seen it a million times on social media. However, It disturbed me a tad more than usual watching it on the awards.

Here you have African-Americans who have earned the opportunity to be broadcasted worldwide to showcase their artistry, and the only thing the majority of black women on stage presented was their flopping booties in poom-poom shorts. Really? I looked at my husband and I said, “this cannot be the employment state of black women.” We have got to get better jobs than this. We’re more than allowing male music artists to make millions off of degrading us verbally and visually. I hate sounding so critical, but little girls see foolishness like this as acceptable and IT IS NOT!

Ironically, the next day, a Facebook friend sent me a challenge called the grown and sexy beautiful girl challenge. I accepted the offer but twisted the results. Instead posting sexy pictures of myself. I honestly don’t have any. I posted a collage of all the reasons that make me beautiful. It included my husband, my children and some photos from moments that stood for something life-altering in my life. It got me to thinking. Do we really know our worth? Better yet, do we really understand we are worthy of the best? The scripture that came to mind was Psalm 139:14. It speaks simply of being gracious to the fact that we are fearfully and wonderfully made. Everything about who we are was thought up in beauty. Encouragement was weighing heavy on my heart. So, the next day, I issued a challenge centered around the idea of inspiring our followers on social media for the day. A few of my friends answered. Some of them didn’t bother to respond. All is well. No one was designated to go to heaven or hell whether they responded or not. It was my way of taking our minds off of vanity and situating them on real beauty; inspiration.

At any rate, I was challenged back and got a chance to relay what I’m going to share right now. Every woman of every color needs to recognize and understand that everything about them was fearfully and wonderfully made. If it weren’t so, the bible wouldn’t have lovingly reminded us. So, stop walking around and accepting less like your not worthy of God’s best. Grace has already blueprinted the best that’s yet to come in your life. Believe in every possibility God has set before your eyes and move forward.


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Naomi C. Kellogg

Naomi is an emerging screenwriter and novelist who writes fiction, nonfiction, and dramas. She’s written for a national magazine, run a blog, and headed the communications department for a 501c3 corporation. Naomi is actively completing a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts and is a member of the Nation Council of Negro Women (NCNW), St. Petersburg Chapter, where she hopes to inspire young African-American women who aspire to write.

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