I had a heck of a time in London! Black Girls in London are fabulous! I saw the greatest cross section of Women of Color that I had EVER seen. There were fully weaved Prima Donna's and Big Hair Naturalistas! We did not fit into any stereotype or box. And it was Black Girl Sexy!
It was so beautiful to see Sistas so confident and it was refreshing to see them getting their Swirl on!...and nobody was looking at them as if what they were doing was unusual.
When I was in London myself after a day or two I noticed that I felt a certain lightness. I could not quite place it. I was starting to get that certain London bounce in my step that other Black Girls in London had. I was sure that it was not the beautiful weather, after all I am a California Girl!...good weather is a normal part of life. And then it smacked me as plain at the wide nose on my beautiful Black Girl in London face. I wasn't in America anymore.
While there is prejudice everywhere, its so much less prevalent in London that the stress and anxiety that people of color experience is not as much from racism as from regular life experiences. Black Girls in London feel more free to be their natural selves. I was greeted so many times by men of other ethnicities (as well as Brothers) that I was shaken up. For many of these men, I was an ideal standard of beauty. This was NOT something that I have been accustomed to.
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Whenever I found myself in a high-end store I did not feel as if I was being treated unfairly or that Black Girls in London were disrespected. I never realized what a heavy burden that I had been carrying for my entire life being a Black Girl in America. Travel is important not just to "see the world," but to experience the world through different sets of eyes. Black Girls in London choose the partner, lifestyles and dreams that they desire because there is nobody to give them a side-eye, not even other Black Girls.
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I had a hair mishap in London. I ended up taking out my extensions and going Natural...and it felt so perfect being a Natural Black Girl in London. I encourage you to travel all around the world...I certainly am! And when I do I will make sure that I take YOU with me with ALL of my experiences!!