A Magnificence Director’s Ode to Black Magnificence

I keep in mind the primary time I understood Black magnificence. It was a scorching sizzling afternoon in June and my mom simply completed braiding my hair. After I glanced on the toilet mirror, I felt—for the primary time—like a fantastic brown woman. I used to be solely 5 years outdated, however the reminiscence of my mother saying, “take a look at my lovely brown child” is perpetually etched into my mind. It was then I noticed Black magnificence is an emblem of energy. 

I ought to’ve welcomed Black magnificence into my life, however I did not. In my pre-teen years I believed the rumors society positioned on magnificence. I used to be satisfied it was solely a pal to light-skinned ladies with lengthy, straight hair. I mistakenly thought true magnificence solely existed within the lives of my white associates with blue eyes and pale pores and skin. 

Boy, was I unsuitable.