Reflections

BLACK Black

BLACK Black is what you could our honest heart. BB has its head under water in mixed company, only surfacing when it clocks a receptive face. Other than that it’s only in the mind, laughing and commenting.

Luckily enough I haven’t felt like the absolute ‘Other’ in my places of work but BB isn’t displayed in its full glory. Is that the opposite of authenticity? I shouldn’t feel awkward when BB creeps to the surface in my colleagues conversations, and they laugh how BB does or loosen words in line with what compliments the culture, but it kind of scares me. That the other people will see it as them being ‘too bold’ or it somehow shows us up. Obviously it doesn’t but I find myself wanting them to calm down before it goes too far. Too far into what though? I just never want there to be a reason for it to backfire onto us. I wince unnecessarily.

I don’t think I’m the only one who has felt this but I am working to make it baseless. BB won’t be understood or comfortable to everyone but its harmless and enriching. Therefore if BB chooses to naturally float to the surface, I will learn to embrace it wholeheartedly and defend its right.

#thistooishistory

Aimé Césaire – Political Poet

Césaire was our Martinque literary genius; and not only was he a master with the pen, he was a force in the political sphere.

Born in 1913 on the small island of Martinique in the glorious Caribbean, Césaire thrived in school and was awarded a scholarship to Parisian school Lycée Louis- le Grand and later attended the prestigious École Normale Supérieure. While living there he become known as one of the founders of the Negritude movement- Black French thinkers of the 1930s – along with other future leaders like the soon to be first president of Senegal, Léopold Senghar. He also created literary review ‘The Black Student’ with them to encourage the celebration of Black identity.

In 1939 he returned to Martinique with his new wife and son and became an influential teacher, inspiring up and coming writers and thinkers alike. To add another string to his bow he was elected mayor of Fort-de-France, capital of Martinique, in 1945 with the French Communist party and had a successful tenure, however he became disillusioned with such beliefs and resigned in 1956 and retired from politics in 2001.

Cesaire will forever be celebrated for his uplifting Black identity beleifs and proving that we should not be afraid to use up all of our talents.