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The Black Woman Revolution has begun.

We sing at the top of our lungs the song from “Let it Go’ from the movie Frozen, but when a Black woman chooses herself, the music stops.

What a week for Black Women, from Olympic disappointments to show cancellations to ischemic life-changing decisions. We have been on full display. But the most profound announcement was the decisions Nikole Hannah-Jones made to join the facility of Howard University.

When I saw her perched in a seat across from Gayle King, I could feel what I was hoping to hear. Dr. Jones methodically unveiled her decision process to join Howard University.

When the story broke that she was the first person not to receive tenure, the internet blew up. She overqualified for the job and was pursued. She was to become the Knight Chair which has in the past since the 1980s included tenure. But because a donor did not like the breath of her work that won her a Nobel Peace Prize, The 1619 Project, he intervened by having her position excused from the tenure vote. After going through the entire process, she received glowing recommendations from peers and the university staff.

I can not fathom how she would have the fortitude to work under those circumstances. It seemed like the scrutiny would be the foundation of her career at UNC. Once a vote finally happened, Dr. Jones decided to end her process and move and provide an HBCU with her talents and resources. Bravo!

I heard years ago to go where you are loved. And while having the support of the students and staff, dealing with the administration would have been futile. Her work would have been under a microscope. Who in the hell wants to deal with that.

But from the perspective of a Black Woman, I am in complete awe of her. Signals a paradigm shift as Nikole puts herself first.

We historically rarely put need in the front of the line. We take a back seat to our dreams daily. The stories are heard daily about how we are sanctified to bring the dreams of others to life. Not only is it our conditioning, but in our DNA.

Servant Syndrome is a term use. The only way to explain how we take on the burdens of society even though it is killing us.

Our mask cracks every time a Black Woman chooses herself. The myth of strong black women dissipates when we speak our truth.

The truth of the matter is our obligation to this nation must shift. It is time to discover the part of ourselves seeking liberation. We owe everyone nothing but the opportunity to love us fully. As we break through centuries standing in the background, we begin to straighten our crown and create our worlds centering ourselves.

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FYI Eva Longoria

As Black Women, we come from a long historical relationship with the Democratic Party. We also have a long history with Joe Biden. When I heard the statements from Eva Longoria, I found them to be dismissive, reductive, and disrespectful. She expressed her kitchen table talk publicly. I found her response more of an explanation than an apology. One that we hear time and time again from the white community.

I get that there is an internal anti blackness challenge within the Latin community, but this ain’t that. She specifically named a black woman and the black community in Georgia. And specifically said that Latina women were the ‘real’ heroines of this election.

Say what now? Eva and her comrades started an organization 2 or so months ago called She Se Puede to get out the Latina vote in this election. I think it is wonderful. I was extremely excited to see Latin women join the cause of supporting the Democratic Party so boldly.

I would listen to their Instagram lives listening to their issues and deep desire to see the current occupant out is office. The issues are valid but seemed distinctly different from that of black Americans. I didn’t hear talk of police brutality or systemic oppression or racism.

I know that within the Latino community there is a deep presence of anti blackness and it’s a deep seeded issue. Colonization had done a number on folks for generations. But there comes a point when people have to take a look inside and dismantle the white supremacy within. People do not understand its impact of communities of color against each other. That is its grand design to separate us and keep us divided.

The division is incredibly amplified with the statements Eva made during her interview. It was really so unnecessary and hurtful. Several people have come to her defense after she issued an explanation of her statement. I get it, my girls would defend me too. But to ask black women to move on without a full understanding of why this occurred, it just isn’t possible.

Black Women are not here to make to others feel comfortable in the name of unity. We have the innate ability to occupy more that one space at a time. We are used to dealing with racist, reductive and racists statements while winning. There is nothing more evident than a big win for Joe Biden.

Joe said he would pick a women vice president and Black Women across the country demanded it be a black women specifically. Several great candidates were on the short list and ultimately Kamala Harris was the choice. Once the choice was made black women from every coalition across America got busy. Working hours upon hours in what every lane they were in. From posting information to showing up at everything possible to register people and get out the vote. We are not new to this. Organizing is what we do. Stacey Abrams is the icing on the cake but she is part of a mighty oak tree that ignited to push Joe across the finish line.

Everyone kicked in from celebrities to grass roots. It was a broad coalition but at the heart of it was black women. People are seemed to be primed and ready to belittle little what we do and how we do it. But at the heart of it, most do not understand it. You do not have to but one must respect it. Saying that Latina women are the ‘REAL’ heroines of this election was a kick in the gut of inclusion.

It is not enough to put out an explanation but on must do a deep dive into their own mind to understand why you even said it. I mean really? Ouch! We cannot move forward in unity until the remnants of white supremacy are up rooted and examined. And we cannot have people asking black women to move on from a conversion we did not start. And , Afro Latina women cannot accept apologies for Black Women. This is not about the internal division within the latin culture. This is about that chasm between Black American Women and Latin Women.

The only moving on we can do to bring true unity is moving on to an honest conversion about why this even occurred. Unity cannot happen with the wounds of colonization festering beneath the surface. And I understand because for years Black Women have said what about us and we are finally getting recognition for our work. This can be intimidating but it’s only coming after a long legacy of activism and action that has been in play long before this election. We didn’t just start singing We Shall Overcome a couple of months ago.

Even during the civil rights days the accomplishments of Black Women were pushed to the back of the bus. Now we drive the bus and own the company. This is something folks will have to get use to because we will no longer be the mules of society, as bell hooks describes us. We are the leaders we have always been, now you just have to get used to seeing it.

Put some respect on our name B L A C K W O M A N !

Monica Wisdom,
Founder, Black Women Amplified

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