Monday, 27 June 2016

Jesse Williams Dedicates His Award To Black Women!


Why am I just finding out about this man.... Jesse Williams.... My goodness!!!

Okay, so we all know that I am not the most current person, but even I am shocked at my seriously bad level of 'cluelessness' when it comes to this human being! I mean WHO IS THIS MAN? 

So this morning, on doing my daily 'news briefing', I am met by a post on FB (noooo not stalking... FB is great for news too people, especially news not necessarily/promptly reported by mainstream media aka 'Black' related news) linking me to an acceptance speech (humanitarian award) by the man you see above - Jesse Williams. 

I confess, before actually knowing what I was about to see/hear, shallow me probably decided to watch the video because this man is 'hot as hell'... I mean... Good Morning! Come on now... you know... but how glad I am that I did. A few seconds after I hit play (and some brain returned), his 'hotness' took seat to his profound words on the issue of Black Lives Matter! A matter that affects all black people whether we want to acknowledge it or not! His special acknowledgement of black women is something many black woman would appreciate hearing. His speech was eloquent, articulate, inspiring, honest, and powerful! Bravo Jesse Williams!


So, Jesse Williams, former teacher, current actor, model and activist, best known for his role as Dr. Jackson Avery on the ABC Television series Grey's Anatomy. 

Now, I think it is safe to say that Jesse's Sunday night BET Awards acceptance speech has pretty much gone viral, and there is just SO much that can be said about his powerful speech against racism (read speech here), just check out some of the comments on various websites.

However, for the purposes of BlackCleopatra, apart from the fact that it is sexy as hell to see a black man stand up and speak so authoritatively, impassionately and articulately about a serious cause (ie. not Arsenal vs Man U or the latest JayZ track - sorry guys!), it is what this man had to say to black women that really made my day!

"This award is not for me; this is... in particular for the black women who have spent their lifetimes dedicated to nurturing everyone before themselves. We can and will do better for you."

If you are a black woman who fits this description (and all my ladies said.. Amen), my guess is that you already know the struggle. However, it is reassuring to know that there are some brothers out there who recognise it, appreciate it and are trying to do better by us.

I appreciate you Jesse... Congratulations on your award and thank you!


Thanks for reading.

Anthonia

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