Renee Watson, the author of " Piecing Me Together," writes about a young girl named Jade who is experiencing Black stereotypes and learning to accept herself for who she is ( self love ). On page 83, it states," I needed to worry about myself because I would never be able to love anyone or treat anyone with dignity if I didn't first love and respect myself." This piece of text that I chose shows an example of Self Love as Jade is participating in the ' Woman to Woman' mentorship program. In the book on page 84, it also states," I think being yourself will attract the person who's best for you. You have to be true to yourself. Don't change what makes you 'you', because someone is going to want you." This is another example of Self Love throughout the chapter " Woman to Woman," one of the mentor tells the girls that it's okay to be yourself to attract someone and if that person doesn't want you for you, then it's their loss.
Awol Erizku, born June 11, 1988, is an American of Ethiopian origins contemporary artist who lives and work in New York & Los Angeles. The medium in which he produces art are Painting, Photography, Sculpture and video installation. He cultivated an interest in photography at Cooper union, where he got his bachelor of fine arts degree in 2010. He also received an MFA from Yale’s Visual Arts program four years later. The theme his art usually touches upon is Black Culture but it’s universal. Art Piece “ BEWARE OF THE PIG,” BROTHERS AND SISTERS, 2017 Theme Statement: “ Never be fooled by a white pig with a piece of bread or you will be in trouble.” In the art piece it shows a tall and fat pig holding out a piece of bread out to a little Black boy while hiding a baton behind his back that has a nail in it. The description I just gave resonates with the art piece because there has always been arguments about white policeman killing little black boys and in the piece of art it shows me that white policeman will always find a way to make little black boys look bad so they can do something about it. Here’s the Link( I don’t know if it will work): https://www.artsy.net
“Things I tell myself About myself” is a Poetry/Spoken word by Aleysha Wise, a Black women. In this poem Aleysha states the things she tell herself, things that people say when she isn’t that perfect example of what they believe and what they want. She says” We are too educated by fools, a fool that will say your skin does not make you a god, well my belief in it certainly does.” This shows that Self Love helped her believed that her skin is what is important and that her skin is what she believes will forever portray the beauty and strong image of herself.
India Arie an American songwriter/ singer creates a song called “ I am not my hair.” This song displays the message that your hair does not define who you really are. In the song India says” I am not my hair, I am not this skin, I am not your expectations no no, I am not my hair, I am not this skin, I am the soul that lives within.” These verses are giving out the impression that your hair, skin and people’s expectations don’t define who you are but your soul and what you believe shows the real you and the self love that you have for yourself.
Angel Nafis, the poet who wrote " Ode to Shea Butter," writes about this girl who couldn't go one day without Shea butter. The girl felt as if without Shea butter, she wouldn't be able to be who she is or have the courage to walk out the door. She states" Before bed I sit up tired, ready to go wherever it is we go when we close our eyes. But first you save me." She also says," Don't you see you force love for me, from. You coax love like a sky coax smoke from a chimney. I am Black and gleaming." So as her skin gleamed with the Shea butter she loved so much, it helped her love herself and feel important, feel alive.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie illustrates the different meanings of true love through this story of a girl named Ifemelu who didn't like the way she changed her hair. She later then learns on a website that changing for the better is a good thing and could take some time getting used to. Adichie writes, " I look so ugly I'm scared of myself." African Americans were often judged for their preferences of style and Ifemelu knew that. She didn't want to feel less because of her hair and tried everything to make herself different. Later on, she looks up the website, Wambui ( her friend) suggested and found a lot of quotes and encouragement throughout these statements. " She looked in the mirror, sank her fingers into her hair, dense and spongy and glorious, and could not imagine it any other way. That simply, she fell in love with her hair." Now that Ifemelu could be able to embrace her natural hair and be able to sink her fingers into her hair, she was thankful. She never thought one could love herself as much as she loves her favorite things. At the end of this story, Self Love was mainly portrayed as a gift and life saver for Ifemelu. It made her realize that not everything needs to be a certain way to fit in.