Each year, I’ve kicked this challenge off by writing about why it is important.
In 2017, I said Black Blogs Matter because ” the pressure feels unlike anything you’ve ever felt before. And you know you have to press forward, beyond your anxieties, fears and worries, to keep creating and keep helping others do the same.”
In 2018, I said Black Blogs STILL Matter because “speaking about these issues publicly for those who don’t likely know or understand you or your culture or your experiences is not comfortable or easy. It is not normal. It is a big fuggin deal.”
In 2019, I said Black Blogs STILL Matter because “[it]won’t let go of me. I still need it; I’m not done.”
In 2020, Black Blogs STILL Matter for all of these reasons. And as I previously explained, it still won’t let go of me … It will forever be part of my legacy as a writer and I’m proud of all the content I’ve created over these 4 years in my written posts and vlogs and microblog content. It is an incredible body of work that will be evergreen for longer than any of us likely wants.
So I’m letting go of it. As strange and difficult as that feels, I’m really letting go.
So this is the last time that I’m going to tell y’all that Black Blogs STILL Matter.
Black Blogs STILL Matter because, despite the fact that Black people drive the trends and success all over the world, we are still marginalized and cut out of mainstream recognition. We have no choice but to keep making our own lanes and communities, only to watch them pillaged and duplicated by culture vultures, who will steal our cool then sell it back to us at a markup like they’re doing us a favor.
Black Blogs STILL Matter because non-Black people still cannot have complete, productive conversations about the history and impact of supremacy on our lives and the systems which operate everything that we do. So Black & Brown people are forced to provide solutions to a problem we didn’t create. We are forced to heal in a place run by a people that won’t acknowledge they are the source of our hurt.
Black Blogs STILL Matter because we matter. To each other. To our communities. To our ancestors. To our children. To our world. To our past, present and future.
And nothing can take that away from us. No matter how hard it tries.
Saying it over and over again doesn’t change that fact anymore than not saying it ever again.
So this is the last time I’m gonna say it.
Black Blogs STILL Matter … Read them. Share them. Connect with them. Support them any way you can.