1. Essay Lil’ Kim: Diary of a Mirror [ Ebony]
“…Black beauty is more than facial features; it is a complicated, precious, powerful living history that includes intimate connections with violence—and is tangled with stories of rejection, privilege, love and lack, favor and hatred.
We’re not supposed to talk about the reasons why we bleach our skin and change our features. We’re not supposed to articulate jealousy, envy, or hurt due to what we believe we have or don’t have in the looks department. We’re not supposed to own those feelings, so we hide sometimes under the guise of self love, in narratives that glorify our African features, while quietly envying the chick who has the ‘other’ ones.”
2. Why Virginity Is Not The Gospel [Huffington Post]
“Christianity is not confined simply to premarital virginity. On the one hand, any single Christian who commits to sexual purity in obedience to Christ should be esteemed. On the other hand, the so-called “virginity movement,” helpful as it may be, is not nor should it be equated with Christianity. To do so sells the Gospel short and leads to all sorts of false notions of where young women find their true worth and what young Christian men should prize in them.
The Gospel message for women and girls is bigger than moral purity. It is a life-changing message that secures every young woman’s place in God’s Story and leaves no woman or girl behind. Against the changing winds of culture and the other voices that beckon to her, this message secures her identity as a woman as well as her purpose and meaning for the road ahead, no matter what she sees when she looks in the rearview mirror.”
3. Don’t Hate Lolo Because She’s Beautiful [ The Root]
“But Jones wasn’t just upset about failing to medal in an event that she’d trained for most of her life. What made Jones angry was having to defend herself against the devastating New York Times article that said — and I’m paraphrasing here — she was a very pretty loser who has used her good looks to get more attention than she deserves.
The bottom line is, Jones can’t help how she looks. Her parents are to blame for that. And she certainly can’t help that advertisers are willing to throw endorsement dollars her way based on those looks. We as a society bear much of the blame for holding a narrow standard of beauty in such high regard. Jones just used her God-given abilities to reap the benefits of a system she neither created nor controls.”