Black Mamas Always Prevail
I see Black mamas around me just shining and taking care of their babies, raising them to just be free and to vibrate higher.
I’ve been doing my art thing and creating much longer than I have been a mama, but I must say that becoming a mama has definitely helped me work even harder on my creative dreams and goals. Mamahood pushes me to be greater. I feel privileged to be able to make art that’s going to be highlighting and uplifting mamas, especially Black and brown mamas. Our stories don’t get the same level of spotlight and platform that other mothers get. This project now resonates with me on a deeper more personal level.
Power and Flowers is such a beautiful theme to uplift for this year’s Mamas Day. It embodies so much beauty and resilience. Even through the roughest climates, flowers always bloom. Through the concrete, through a drought — they bloom. I’ve learned from being a mama that there’s so much strength in being soft, open and vulnerable, and we must hold that power.
Being a mama has been an incredibly liberating experience for me. I think people who aren’t parents sometimes believe that after you become a mom you lose yourself. There can often be a negative narrative around mamahood, especially for women of color. Becoming a mother and giving birth at home with a close friend, who’s a Black midwife, gave me the opportunity to really face my fears and step up into my power. That is what mamahood has been about, just really stepping into my power and trusting it. It’s not easy. It’s the hardest work ever. But it’s the most sacred.
Support and love is even more of a necessity for mamas of color in the movement. Black mamas and mamas of color are not valued or respected. There are these absurd racist stereotypes and ideas, and there are people who just want to judge us. There’s so much physical, spiritual and emotional violence that’s put on Black women, period, especially Black mamas. Even though there are oppressive powers that seek to crush the Black mama, we prevail.