By Jasmine Kelly
Nina Simone said it best, “It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, and I’m feeling good.” Black women especially have been taking heed to Nina’s mantra. Black women are transforming and no longer putting up with the things that no longer serve them. This can apply to life, love, finance, sex, etcetera. We are proudly choosing the direction we want to go, and society has a problem with it.
Take, for instance, rapper Saweetie. Saweetie recently broke up with rapper Quavo. In a social media post, she stated, “I’ve endured too much betrayal and hurt behind the scenes for a false narrative to be circulating that degrades my character,” she wrote. “Presents don’t band-aid scars and the love isn’t real when the intimacy is given to other women.”
It is clear that Saweetie is standing in her truth, and I just found it funny how social media and some men I know reacted. I saw many posts on social media criticizing Saweetie. Get this, some people on social media called the University of Southern California graduate a gold digger. Yes! Not being classist or anything, but social media was calling a college graduate a gold digger for the sake of my argument.
I am proud of Saweetie. I think she represents a new day for modern-day Black women. She is asserting herself, speaking her truth, and living in it as well. Regardless of the type of relationship that you are in, it is okay for Black women to hold domain over themselves. I am not saying that Saweetie is a role model. But, women, especially young women, are paying attention to her. I am glad that she is showcasing how to “Boss Up” intrapersonally in addition to financially. We don’t owe anyone anything. If you have a problem with the direction Black women are headed, take care, respectfully.
Jasmine Kelly is a contributing writer for the Pedestal Project, LLC. Jasmine is a higher education professional who believes in the powers of Black Twitter. You can follow her on Instagram @chicomydusty.