Mother is Culture

We are back from break and very excited to reconnect with all of you in our CREAD family. Our time apart has been interesting to say the least because things just have this way of happening.  Now needless to say the “orange one”(President Trump) was up to his usual shenanigans. Despite all the confusion at the Oscars, we still were making history because Moonlight became the first film with an all black cast to win the award for Best Picture. But the day before, the world of rap had its own seismic event.  I think y’all know what I am talking about.  Remy Ma.  I had to just position her name before you because within 7 minutes she had us all in a collective shock.  Whether you are into battle rap or not is beside the point here.  Listening to her diss track, “Shether” set my whole weekend in a different direction.  The lyrical prowess that she displayed in those seven minutes is what Khalilah and I deem to be lesson-worthy.

So as I was getting ready to usher us back into our ongoing celebration of black brilliance and prepare us for a month of unabashed praise of the wonders that are woman, Remy Ma provided a perfect illustration.  As we close out Black History Month, we want to set our focus on honoring and recognizing the brilliance of the Black woman because we understand her pivotal role in civilization, period.

As a young undergraduate studying Caribbean literature, I came to the core understanding that inspired the title of today’s post and that is “mother is culture”. If we want to understand a people we must understand their women and their role as creators of culture.  A woman, a mother is vitally important to the building and sustaining of any nation or civilization. The woman as mother imparts language, customs, traditions, and identity to her children. Yes, the mother is the first teacher and her role impacts the future and promise of a people.

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Though we live in a patriarchal culture that glorifies and emphasizes mediocre white male dominance (shade on Casey Affleck beating Denzel Washington for best actor), it is the seed of a black woman that makes any of this possible, as Khalilah explained here. Therefore honoring Black women and their contributions is absolutely imperative to our understanding of ourselves.  Beyond their roles as mothers and caregivers, Black women have been our freedom fighters, our healers, our authors, our performers on stage, our legislators, our judges, our pilots, our educators, our spiritual guides, our inventors, our scientists, and so much more than we can list here.

Today, we begin to center our thoughts on the feminine, in all her divinity and power. Today, we lift up the mothers, grandmothers, aunts, godmothers, sisters, and all the women in our lives who have poured into us and made us possible.  Today, we show respect and honor for what Black women have given to our culture and society as a whole. Today, we prepare to set our minds on the the beauty, power, strength, resilience, ingenuity, creativity, and wisdom that is woman.

Peace and love good people.


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