“Growing up I never saw multidimensional examples of Blackness that went beyond stereotypes and fitting in was always hard for me. Although I was liked by many, I could never commit to being part of just one group of friends or living my life according to one set of behaviors. I often found myself on the outside looking in. For many years I felt as though I had to choose between parts of my identity. In the company of my Black friends, I felt like I had to hide my intelligence because I didn’t want to get called an “Oreo.” I felt as though my Blackness was somehow compromised by my desire for knowledge and that the two could not exist harmoniously.
In the company of my white friends I felt like I had to hide my poorness and my Blackness because they wouldn’t understand my struggle, but with them I was free to explore other interests of mine like science and travel. With them I also found myself exploring different genres of music...I was able to gain understanding and discover pieces of myself that I would not have known otherwise.” -Ebonee Davis (@essence)
When you are living in your truth, it gives others room to embrace theirs as well. Thank you @eboneedavis for being a voice for girls like me. 💛 #AFROPUNK2018 #tytakesphotos