Title: Royal Queens
Name: Donnell Hicks
African-American women are precious gems. They are royal Egyptian queens, fierce battle warriors, and beautiful all around. Egyptian Queens have been considered the most influential women amongst other women.
Four thousand years later, the evolution of black women has constantly changed overtime. During the slavery era, some black women stood with valor while taking care of their children and themselves; especially in Hollywood films when black women weren’t even considered actresses.
A few black women starred in Hollywood films alongside Hollywood’s heavyweight actors. One prime example is Josephine Baker. She was the first black woman to ever star on television dancing in front of the cameras. Madame CJ Walker was the first black woman to ever become an entrepreneur; and Bess Coleman later became the first African-American woman to star in films during the twentieth century. These women along with other black women such as Lena Horne, Dorothy Dandridge, Zora Neal Hurston, and others broke down the barriers with their charm, beauty, and talents.
Young and old women right now today in the twenty-first century, don’t realize the importance of being a royal queen descending from a long powerful history of African-American women who have conquered white America at a time when the Jim Crow-era was in full effect. Truth be told, many young women simply don’t care about getting a decent education. Too many black women have struggled to maintain for black people, yet many young women don’t take good care of themselves and appreciate the sacrifices that have been made; they just think it’s all about the hairstyles, the makeup, and the tattoos.
Some young women do take to heart some of the struggles the women had to go through for equal rights starting with the right to vote led by Susan B. Anthony in the 1920’s. Influential women have paved a way for young women right now today not to sit around and expect a hand out, but to go out into the world and make a difference; and to become role models for their daughters and nieces seeing that Josephine Baker, Lena Horne, and Shirley Chisholm made a difference in America.
Evidently, young women and girls are precious jewels that look up to some female hip-hop and R&B artists like Nicki Minaj and Rhianna as role models. I’m not holding any hate towards Nicki Minaj and Rihanna or any other hip-hop and R&B artists; all I’m suggesting is that mothers must do everything in their power to let their daughters understand it is more to life than just watching video girls in the music videos dancing in front of the camera wearing skimpy outfits. Mothers have to tell their daughters that they’re royal queens, teach them self-confidence in their beauty, and inform them of the rich dynamic history of their royal queen ancestors, and that they too can make a change in society starting from within.