Outside of the Dominant Narrative

5/16/2016

"The revolution begins with a thought that the status quo is flawed and that quite possibly there is another path to trudge down that hasn't been unearthed yet. The revolution requires us to think about our dress, our language, our impact, and ourselves differently."


"The revolution begins with a thought that the status quo is flawed and that quite possibly there is another path to trudge down that hasn't been unearthed yet. The revolution requires us to think about our dress, our language, our impact, and ourselves differently. It challenges us to stare out ourselves through another prism.

It's this belief in the "other" -- a world outside of the dominant narrative, which seems to drive this Neo-Black celebrity sect. It's their embrace of the past, like Lupita Nyongo's gravity defying hairstyle that was an ode to activist and songstress Nina Simone and African culture, despite what Vogue editors may have thought. It's Amandla Stenberg's futurist thought on what the world would look like if we loved black people as much as black culture.

With this group, imitation of whiteness isn't the sincerest form of flattery, it's the death of spontaneity and creativity—all of the traits society seems to revere in people like Mark Zuckerberg and Anna Wintour and others, but abhors in Cam Newton and the Smith kids.

What would the world look like if we allowed our black children to be as free as their white peers? If we encouraged their inquisitiveness and impulsiveness instead of telling them to be quiet, get in line and follow instructions? Maybe, just maybe we would have the blueprint to the next revolution."