Me, my Black child, and the brilliance we share. I am unapologetic in my celebration of this brilliance. I know that it is a beautiful, natural thing, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
My Black child is strong, powerful, and beautiful. I love her for all that she is, and I am proud to celebrate her Blackness and her brillance. I could talk about her for days and still not capture the totality of amazingness that she represents. And I do talk about her ALOT! There is nothing to apologize for when it comes to my Black child and celebrating HER—She is perfect just the way she is.
Understanding What Unapologetic Means
When you see someone celebrating their Blackness and all that comes with it, some might say that person is “unapologetic.” But what does that mean, really?
Being unapologetic means being unafraid to be yourself. It means not feeling the need to apologize for who you are or for the way you look. It means embracing your culture, your heritage and your history.
For Black parents, it means being unafraid to love our children in all their brilliance. It means not hiding them away or making them feel ashamed of their African heritage. It means celebrating them every day and telling them they are beautiful, inside and out.
Nothing is more inspiring than watching a Black parent who is unapologetic in their love for their child. You can see the pride in their eyes, and you can feel the joy in their hearts.
The Empowerment in Celebrating and Encouraging My Black Kid
I have nothing to apologize for.
Her skin is beautiful. Her hair is amazing. Her eyes are exquisite. And her features are stunning.
She is powerful, brilliant and unique. She is are everything I could have dreamed of and more.
There is nothing wrong with being Black. There is nothing wrong with being proud of our Black heritage. In fact, there is everything right with it.
She should be proud of who she, and I will celebrate her every step of the way.
Showing the Importance of Representation
Her Blackness is beautiful, and I am unapologetic in celebrating it.
When I see you, I see the beauty and brilliance of Blackness. I see power and intelligence. I see a future leader. And I am not the only one.
Other people will see those things too, because she represents all that is good and right in our world. She represents possibility and hope. She represents the future.
And that is why I am unapologetic in celebrating the brilliance of my Black child.
Saying No to Self-Doubt and Limitations
I refuse to doubt my child’s brilliance and ability to achieve in life. I know their capacity is unlimited and I celebrate them unapologetically, regardless of what society or anyone else tells me.
My child’s intelligence, beauty and worth were not determined by any external factor, but by the divine energy that created them. As their mama, I am constantly reminding my child how powerful they are and encouraging them to reach for the stars.
I know too well the long and painful legacy of racism that attempts to limit my child’s potential, so it is my job to equip them with the tools necessary to overcome any obstacle they may face. My confidence in their greatness is unwavering and I will not apologize for loving and protecting them from anything or anyone who tries to bring them down or limit their potential.
How My Celebrations Are a Commitment to Upliftment
When I celebrate my child and their vibrant Blackness, I’m committing to upliftment in our community. You’re probably wondering what that means. It means being a vessel to provide resources, education, and mentorship initiatives that love, empower, and nurture members of the Black diaspora.
For example; celebrating the brilliance of Black children can mean getting involved in non-profits that focus on early childhood education and development or creating special scholarships or programs specifically for students of color. It could also mean organizing book club meetings with books by authors from the African diaspora or actively protesting racist policies within our government.
This is how I show my commitment for the upliftment of my community through celebrating the brilliance of my Black child., By investing time and energy in these initiatives, we can make sure that their gifts aren’t taken away from them due to systemic racism or prejudice. It’s an investment in our future that means more than words can express – for me and for those who come after us.
A Call to Action for Other Parents of Black Children
It’s time for parents of Black children to leave behind the concept of apologies and instead embrace the beauty and brilliance of our children. It’s time to talk about our Black children in glowing terms and boast proudly of their achievements. It’s time to embrace the potential that exists within each and every one of them, whatever they choose to do with it.
It’s time for us to invest in our communities so that the futures of all Black children are brighter. We must advocate for equitable access to education, resources, and opportunities for all of our youth. We must support Black businesses and organizations that are devoted to uplifting our communities. And we must take a stand against systemic racism whenever it rears its head.
It’s up to us as parents, family members, educators, mentors, advocates and allies to provide a positive narrative for Black children about who we are, where we come from, and what we can achieve if we just dream big enough and work hard enough. And it starts by celebrating their brilliance without apology or hesitation.
You should be unapologetic in your celebrations of your Black children because they deserve it. You should also celebrate the Black community and all the brilliance that comes with it. There is no need to be ashamed of your Blackness, and there is no need to hide the Black people in your life. Embrace your Blackness and celebrate your Black children.