Sunday, October 7, 2012

My Ideal Black Woman

If I were given the opportunity to create my ideal black woman she would be something like this....

She would be Phylicia Rashad "back in the day" FINE!!!! We all know Mrs. Clair Huxtuable was a badass back in the day. She still looks good today, but old school Phylicia Rashad still has the ability to make my heart skip a beat. 


She would have a MIND as sharp and intelligent as Ms. Fredi Washington. I love and admire this woman with a burning passion. Though she looked like a white woman, Fredi Washington was a proud BLACK woman. 

I would have loved to meet her but she died when I was just a little girl. This woman is hands down the most intelligent black woman I have ever encountered. There hasn't been much written about her life, but Fredi was an outspoken Civil Rights Activist long before there was such thing as a Civil Rights Movement. 

I first came in contact with Fredi Washington while reading the book Bright Boulevards, Bold Dreams: The Story of Black Hollywood By Donald Bogle. 

Ms. Washington must have known future generations of African Americans like myself might want to know more about her because she had her papers archived and placed on microfilm. I spent an entire day reading about this fasinating woman at Emory University here in Atlanta. I've been in love with Fredi Washington ever since. 

I wrote half of her wikipedia page. When I tell you this woman's mind was SHARP I mean it was SHARP. A quote from Fredi Washington: 

"You see I'm a mighty proud gal and I can't for the life of me, find any valid reason why anyone should lie about their origin or anything else for that matter. Frankly, I do not ascribe to the stupid theory of white supremacy and to try to hide the fact that I am a Negro for economic or any other reasons, if I do I would be agreeing to be a Negro makes me inferior and that I have swallowed whole hog all of the propaganda dished out by our fascist-minded white citizens.

I am an American citizen and by God, we all have inalienable rights and wherever those rights are tampered with, there is nothing left to do but fight...and I fight. How many people do you think there are in this country who do not have mixed blood, there's very few if any, what makes us who we are, are our culture and experience. No matter how white I look, on the inside I feel black. There are many whites who are mixed blood, but still go by white, why such a big deal if I go as Negro, because people can't believe that I am proud to be a Negro and not white. To prove I don't buy white superiority I chose to be a Negro." - EARL CONRAD, "Pass Or Not To Pass?", The Chicago Defender (1921-1967). Chicago, Ill.: Jun 16, 1945

These two women put together would be my ideal black woman!

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