I am so over being called Afrocentric. What the f*ck does that even mean?
I've become so acquainted with this label that I'm not even sure if I labeled myself to be "afrocentric" or if it was a label given to me that I just proudly, prematurely, and foolishly accepted. A term I don't even understand.
Yes, I am proud to be black. Yes, my melanin is popping. Yes, I am natural hair obsessed. Yes, black women are lit and I rep black girl magic like it is running through my veins, because it is. Yes, I wear head wraps and date chocolate men and listen to "conscious rap" and so on and so on. You know why? Because I'm BLACK! And I am apart of black culture.
Why do I have to be labeled some other term as if being black isn't enough.
When white women rock their natural hair they aren't called "Caucasian-centric" or "european-centric". For some reason when other races are natural they are just being their normal selves but when black people do it we are something abnormal. As if being our natural selves isn't looked at as normal.
All of a sudden I walk out the house in an Afro and I'm a part of some movement. I just don't get why being myself has to be labeled something different than what it is.
I don't need extra labels to define who I am, how I think, or what I believe. I don't need to be lumped into some kind of sub group to feel I belong. When I walk out of my door each day I am not trying to be anything other than exactly who and what I am.
If you consider your self Afrocentric there's absolutely nothing wrong with that. Everyone should be whatever the hell they want to be on any given day.
But no one should assume that every black woman with natural hair, attending the Odunde festival wants to be labeled the same. (If you're from Philly, you know what that is)
I rock kinky ass hair because God blessed me with it.
I love my melanin because it is beautiful, golden, and magical.
I surround myself with people who look and think like me because we have more in common.
I celebrate myself..... because I am BLACK.