Maybe it’s the discussion I went to last night with Dr. Cornel West
and Tavis Smiley addressing poverty in America that had me feeling some
type of way when I woke up this morning to write this post. Or maybe
it’s my quest to discover a deeper, more connected sense of self and my
purpose that has me contemplating exactly how my actions as an
individual affect the outcome of others in this world and in this
country. I don’t know what it is but there’s a clarity that has opened
my eyes far beyond seeing OBV as a simple beauty blog on the bandwagon
with every other “fashionista” working to get samples and a contract
with a big brand to endorse their products.
I’m talking about the value systems we have put in to place that is
currently overshadowing our basic compassion for humanity. In truth, we
are all suffering. Turn on Basket Ball Wives or Real Housewives anything
and witness the suffering. Have you ever seen so many gorgeously ugly
women in America? When did we start to adopt such a hateful distaste for
Someone please tell me that Evelyn from BBW doesn’t need a hug. She
recently launched a makeup line (which I do not endorse nor support for
ethical and moral reasons) to help cover up the lack of love, true love
she has in her life. What other than lack of love and spiritual morality
makes a grown woman stand on a table and throw a drink in someone’s
face? Red bottoms, fancy designer purses, million dollar bank accounts
and the obsession that we have with the celebrity lifestyle aside, at
what point do we use our mediums and voices to raise the concerns of the
What would happen if Beyonce addressed the issue of 22% of our
children in America not getting enough to eat? Would there be a
revolution in the name of all that is Bey?
What if, instead of game shows like “Who Want’s to Be a Millionaire?”
we supported shows like the infamous “Oprah’s Big Give” and redirected
our attention away from fame, fortune and celebrity to that of the most
simple and precious idea of all: That we are our brother’s keeper and to
love thy neighbor as we love ourselves.
When did it become the norm to care more about the type of house that
we live in than to care about whether or not a single mother has enough
money to pay for daycare? Why are we paying Nene Leakes millions of
dollars each year to spew hate, self-celebration and lack of compassion
for anyone but herself?
Where are our value systems people? These are the people the
generation is looking towards. If being pretty and soul-less is what
success looks like, I’d rather be ugly doing God’s work.
Dorsey is an eco-glamour expert, writer, speaker, social entrepreneur
and creator of the blog OrganicBeautyVixen.com – “A Brown Girl’s
Guide to Eco-Glam Living”. Sherrell believes that going green with
your beauty routine doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your fierce and
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