Black women throughout history, they were always represented with their hair. A hairstyle can often be viewed less as an artistic choice than as a political one. "Head-shaving was one of the many cruel indignities that slaves suffered in the New World. This was meant to erase slaves identity and culture." This wasn't fair because I don't see why slaves had to forget their identity and culture since that is what makes them and that's the only memory they have of their culture since they were sold. "It required that black women cover their hair to indicate class." I don't think that your hair should affect your education, but since there was and still is stereotypes on how "There are more African Americans in Prison than there is in college." and they are probably trying to make them "look presentable" since white people did not want black people in school or around them for that matter, so this is just another way to make things harder.
Beyoncé music video "Freedom" explains how we are entitled to our own feelings; and by feeling them and letting them go, you free yourself. Freedom in this sense is about sending a message of empowerment, regardless of what you seek to free yourself from. Beyoncé’s “Freedom” has become something of a protest anthem, She also sang this song to the mothers of men killed by police brutality. People might not have noticed but the music video features the mothers of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, and Eric Garner pictured with photos of their deceased sons, and At (3:14) Actress and Singer Zendaya and Actress Amandla Stenberg appeared hanging out in a tree. These two African American women have contributed to our society by showing young black children that we matter in this world and we can make differences no matter our skin color.
Toni Morrison story describes the difficulty of being a "disgrace" and looking very different from everybody in your family. When Lula Ann was born, she was so much darker than everyone in her family and maybe even darker than everyone in their city at that time, the fact that she was so dark brought shame to her mom and her mom was embarrassed. But her mom was harder and way more strict on Lula Ann than she would ever be if Lula was more like her shade, but she was harder because of the fact that segregation was already going on and Lula was already darker than others her mom was scared. Colored females were already getting picked on for being a darker shade than white people, "I once saw a girl nowhere near as dark as Lula Ann who couldn’t have been more than ten years old tripped by one of a group of white boys and when she tried to scramble up another one put his foot on her behind and knocked her flat again." Lula's mom fears what can happen to Lula if she was in that position that's why she is very hard on her and she also wants Lula to be focused on her studies instead of being worried about others, "I had to be strict, very strict. Lula Ann needed to learn how to behave, how to keep her head down and not to make trouble. I don’t care how many times she changes her name. Her color is a cross she will always carry. But it’s not my fault. It’s not my fault. It’s not." No matter what, Lula skin could have had a lot of negative consequences if she wasn't trained the way her mom trained her. "I am not a bad mother." Lula was a pedal, her mom was the flower, the dirt was the people criticizing. If Lula was too loose herself in the dirt there is no way that she would be able to find herself back to that flower. The flower should always protect it's pedal, and that's how their story keeps going. Now Lula is very successful, she is getting married, having a kid. What you do to children matters, and that's one thing that would never be forgotten.
Maya Angelou's poem "Phenomenal Woman." asserts the theme that Beauty is more than skin deep. Maya Angelou speaks on being a self-confident woman, Maya Angelou wants to show the world what makes her beautiful and she expresses it in a various way. The poem is like a ballad, it is a free verse narrative. There are no conventional rhymes, just some sporadically important ones. The poem also has repetition in every stanza, which is "I’m a woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That's me." Repetition is something that is commonly used in poems and songs. The overall shape of the poem resembles a woman’s natural curves another way of emphasizing what she was writing about. Angelou claims that "I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size, But when I start to tell them, They think I’m telling lies.” This comes with confidence, a woman doesn’t have to look like a model to consider herself beautiful and worth looking at. Angelou also uses imagery. It is used to describe herself, the poem includes a description of Angelou’s body and since not everyone may know what she looked like the use of imagery is very appropriate in making people understand her poem very well and making sure the message will be read correctly by the readers.