Black women from all over the world have united to defend Zendaya after Giuliana Rancic’s epic blunder for which she has already apologised twice and will probably have to apologise many more times. (Check out her heartfelt apology here. Hopefully she’ll catch a break after this.) Not that Zendaya needed the help anyway because she can run classes on how to respond to negativity with class. In her response to the criticism she mentions India Arie’s song “I Am NotMy Hair”.
Well India Arie has just penned the most beautiful open letter to her. I agree. I do think that Zendaya smells like a beautiful flower too.
We are completely in love with this show of compassion and sisterhood that black women are experiencing universally and together and we can only pray that it stays so forever and forever. Does it not feel so much better to love than it does to tear each other down?
Check out India Arie’s letter below:
I wanted to jump in and defend Zendaya – but she’s doing that BEAUTIFULLY herself.
VERY. WELL. DONE. It’s a powerful thing to be a TEENAGER in the public eye, and feel empowered to speak up in your own defense. STUNNING!
In my opinion, Entitlement in and of itself, BLINDS people to that very entitlement … THUS allowing the behavior exhibited.
I’m not calling Giuliana Rancic a RACIST, .. but OF COURSE it has to do with RACE. To say it has “Nothing to do with race” .. THAT’S why people get mad.
But lets remember HOW difficult it is for a person of Gullianna Ranci’s social context to really UNDERSTAND how we see race in this issue. How race is a pervasive ISSUE in the entertainment industries as a whole.
We need more more compassion in this world. Period
So I’m not MAD at Giuliana Rancic I’m SAD at her. I’m Sad that things LIKE THIS keep happening.
Im sad that theres an actual form of entertainment where people are excused to be snarky and unkind, thats the REAL issue.
What I’m baffled by is how we put people in boxes SO easily. Calling it “Boho Chic” Doesn’t ACTUALLY make it more decent to say. “She looks like she smells like Patchouli Oil … or Weed” LOL! mmmmmm REALLY?
It’s offensive. It has a racist edge. but also it’s also just off base. WAY off base.
THIS is why people are mad.
I love you Zendaya. You’re empowerment and Self Definition is the most BEAUTIFUL THING HERE!
Continue to be self defined!
Waiting for the world outside of you to change before you can feel good about yourself is a waste of time! Time that you COULD be using to better yourself. Not easy when you’re in the public eye. not easy for most of us at ALL. BUT! doing that work MATTERS. HOW we live, is OUR choice.
Zendaya you are doing you SO, So, SO, SO, SOOOOOO Beautifullllyyyyyyyy.
You remind us that we ALL have it in us.
TO ME, Zendaya ACTUALLY looks like she smells like a BEAUTIFUL FLOWER. *Shrug* just my Opinion
From my Windowsill
P.S. most people in the natural hair world would call these “Silky locs” not dread locs
love to all #SoulbirdsWorldWide
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Zendaya Image source: CNN.Com