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(#swipe) Just got back some film and this was among the photos. I was surprised at how emotional I got at first glance. The first thought that came to mind was how young they are and how eerily similar this looked to a criminal lineup. It shatters me to think of their innocence being snatched away from them due to the color of their skin. In modern day America I’m honestly scared for them. According to a data tracker by @washingtonpost there have been 78 people shot and killed by the police THIS YEAR (its still only January). 15 of those people are Black and 14 of those being Black males. I want them to grow up in a world that humanizes them instead of demonizing their total being. I believe their bodies are beautiful, and hell they may even grow up to change the world, who knows? But as their big sister I can’t help but wonder if one mistake could lead to their untimely demise. Cryptic I know, but I’ve realized that this is now our reality and I don’t see a reckoning coming anytime soon. Maybe it’s time for the talk?
Yes, it is. Throughout my years on Instagram I haven’t been completely honest. Social media has this way of being a cover up to who you truly are. We are constantly putting our best foot forward on here and sometimes that comes off like we are all living these beautiful, perfect lives. Well I’m not. I’m struggling. And if you’re struggling too, please know that the fact that you’re still here means you’re winning. Everyday living is a win. I’m learning to look at life more like that daily. Be safe, be kind to yourself, and don’t be afraid to reach out. I love you even when you think no one else does. ❤️#mentalhealth
2017 was definitely a year of rebirth for me. I learned so much about myself during the many ups and downs I had this year. I grew up, made some forever friends, traveled, protested, made 2 films, saw family, fell in and out of love, secured the best possible @ name for myself, worked with @instagram @washingtoncitypaper @teenvogue and @glamourmag . I’m so incredibly humbled. Look at this year and think about the things you could’ve done better but mostly at all the things you survived and succeeded at. Keep your friends close enough to examine to see what they have contributed to your growth. If you can’t see much. Let. Them. Go. Bind and rebuke all toxic, negative, and draining relationships. In 2018 The only love I’m looking for is within myself. Stay safe out there tonight! Let’s knock this New Years out of the park 😈
This past holiday season was rough to say the least but I did finally show my Poppy Mind and Me (my short film in my bio) I realized shortly after that there will once come a day when my grandparents will become my ancestors. I love them so. They are Black Business owners and they work harder than anyone else I know just to make Christmas Lit EVERY YEAR. I was born in Kentucky, raised in Hawaii, and as an Army brat I moved all around the country so I’ve never really thought much of a Home. But honestly Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas for me if I wasn’t in Murray, Kentucky so I guess that’s where Home is 🤷🏿♀️
I wish I had something to say but honestly I don’t. I’m ready to conclude this year and achieve my goals. This week is big for me!