Yesterday, I took a field trip to the Newark Museum. Their latest exhibit, Posing Beauty: African American Images From the 1890s to the Present, “explores the ways in which African American beauty has been represented in the media in both historical and contemporary contexts.”

The photographs were fantastic. I walked away from the museum (which is a really lovely space, by the way) with the confirmation that African American culture is beautiful, vibrant, stylish, and diverse. Our skills are vast, and our strength cannot be contained. Even when we’re fighting in the trenches, we do so with dignity and style. Today I celebrate the richness of my culture, from the colorful country girls, to the slicked-back northerners. From the buttoned-up ladies in the early 20th century, to the modern mamas who aren’t afraid to let it all hang out.

The images tell a story of pride and self-acceptance–no matter what you look like, and no matter where you are. Let your individuality hang loose. Be sharp. Be bold. Be fearless. Be you. Strut your stuff. Show off your beauty and let it strike whichever pose it damn-well pleases. Posing Beauty.

 

On a side note, I tried to snap a photo of a really cool collection of Jet Beauties, but the sound of my┬ácamera alerted a security guard who practically ran over to slap my wrist. This image was all I got…