Sunday, October 24, 2010

Why Willow is important?

We can argue all day long about her talent. We can even agree that she has access that the average person doesn't have [but its not her fault that her parents are who they are]. And we need to see the importance of a little girl who tells her mother, "I want to be free".  At nine, Willow embodies confidence that women my age are in therapy to obtain and yet its adults that talk about her ears, her hair, and her clothes.

This little girls loves herself and wants to celebrate it. I love it. I love seeing a little black girl saying she's cool in her skin. Its a very important message of empowerment for girls everywhere.

As written on the board in the "Whip Ya Hair" video - 

I pledge to be brave
I pledge to always give my best
I pledge to respect myself and all those around me
I pledge to be willing to learn and experience new things
I pledge to not be afraid to dream big and go for it

I'd rather for my daughter to whip her hair around and build her confidence than to mimic a Minaj or a Kardashian. But what we see is adults being upset because a 9 year old has access. We see adults being upset because a 9 year old has a mohawk.  We somehow assume that Jada and Will are bad parents because they are giving their children some of their wants whatever that maybe. We forget about Trey who is a football star and that they support him in the same manner. We put our children in dance class, football, soccer, pageants, etc. because we have access and we believe our children are capable.  I trust that Will and Jada will do no harm to their children as I do with any parent.

I've embraced her message for young girls wholeheartedly. I say continue to love yourself Willow and leave the naysayers to their own self-hate.

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