We are here. We are not fighting for acknowledgement anymore. We are here.
We are more powerful than ever and no one can deny it.
It is time for the black womxn to take her rightful place.
In a world where a black womxn embodies self-hatred and weakness it is refreshing to see an army of Queens who aim to redefine the perception of a black womxn in society. I have spent the last few weeks of my life surrounded by womxn who have such an overwhelming sense of self-love that their love overflows into the heart of every sista with whom they interact. Love is the essence of a black womxn.
Healing is when a sista says to another: “You are beautiful” and she means it and the other sista receives it- love. Truth is when one Queen recognises and acknowledges another Queen by humbly admiring her spirit without feeling like she has taken away from her own beauty because she sees her spirit in all Queens- unity. Peace is entering a space full of sistas that allow and comfort pain because they understand- safety. Joy is the untamed voice of a Queen’s spirit freely expressing her Self- art.
The latest projects I have been involved in, DIRTY LAUNDRY and The Foxy Five (both directed by one of the most humble Queens I’ve ever met, Jabulile Newman), have been a source of healing for me as a black womxn. The love that I received from the cast has been enough to heal the wounds that had been caused by so many struggles in my short life. It is hard leading an admirable life with a broken spirit; every black womxn has done it at some point of her life and there is still a black womxn out there doing it now…for the sake of the kids or because some ignorant black brotha needs her (the care of a sista is invaluable). That is why it is important for us to rise, shine and reign. It is so much more than showing men what we are capable of; we have to support each other.
The Foxy Five, “5 womxn from South Africa – Cape Town – trying to fight the daily struggle of racism, colonisation, patriarchy, inequality, sexuality, capitalism AND THE MAN/SYSTEM,” as Jabu describes the series, is the life of a modern black womxn turned into art for healing purposes.
This is the medicine that you should be keeping in your heart- black girl magic.
I’d like to thank the following black Queens for their love. I appreciate you.