Because sister hurt is real. . .
Because there is a sect and bevy of Black women who say, unbothered, “I don’t do women. NO. They’re too messy. . .”
Because the press that’s out about Black women just can’t seem to capture us right. . .
Because there are several of us who choose to continue to love each other despite the hurt and disappointment. . .
Because when we look down, we see that the giants’ shoulders upon whom we stand belong to fierce Black women. . .
Because people really don’t know just how righteous we are and how we keep helping each other get to the other side of wellness and wholeness. . .
Because regardless to what folks may think, Black women really are for one another. . .
Because we see the easy way our daughters call our friends “Auntie” and the protection and care they experience when they see us love and care for one another well. . .
Because Black Love is actually not exclusive to just romantic relationships . . .
Because it is so inspiring. . .
The Sisterhood Storytelling Series is here.
Back in the early days of The Beautiful Project, we created The Sisterhood Creed to exist as our code of conduct, which we committed to uphold amongst the women in our organization and, further, any and all Black women we encountered. It is a living document that serves as a reminder for how we are to work, live and care for one another, when it’s a joy and when it’s a struggle. As we endeavor to be true to its ideals, we have come to discover the nuances of sisterhood and our eyes have been opened to an alluring realization that it is not only attainable, sisterhood is a mainstay for Black women, contributing to our well being, joy, and wholeness.
All over the world, Black women are creating for each other niches of support, flinging wide open the doors of their hearts, minds and homes for the sake of other Black women. We are keeping each other. We are loving each other. We are for one another. However if you participate in most forms of mainstream media, it’s hard to believe that this is true and the ideals of sisterhood seem desirable but unlikely.
It’s time we share our stories.
The aesthetic of sisterhood for Black women is illustrated in us holding ground for one another because we understand our unique struggle and we want to see us succeed and be well. And it’s happening all around the world, in beauty shop conversations while draped in ambiguous capes and heads plunged into wash bowls. . .in small circles of scholars determined to protect the intellectual property of Black genius from the doubt and insecurity that often comes from constantly having our work second guessed and rejected by colleagues. . .in the knowing, warm smile confidently projected from the only other sista in a crowded room, or as she passes by in the hallway, or on the sidewalk . . .in internet huddles of conversation about natural hair . . . in Facebook groups about breastfeeding. . .in support groups of single moms co-parenting each other’s children . . . we’re intentionally doing life together and it is changing our lives and it is high time we told our testimonies about the artistry and glory of being in relationship with other Black women. Too many of us have experienced sister hurt and, unfortunately, that is the leading narrative. But it shouldn’t be, because it is not the one that prevails.
Toni Morrison said, “The loneliest woman in the world is the woman without a close woman friend.” We know this all too well and that is why we have linked arms with one another, or we ache for want of a sister we can trust and link arms with. Our stories are extraordinary. They are a testimony to what we know to be true: Black women are a wonder and we are greater together. Sisterhood is not always easy, but it is worth it. So, we commit to #liveoutthecreed and tell our stories because the narrative is about to change since we have the pen.
*Be sure to head over to our gallery and view our latest virtual exhibit, The Sisterhood Storytelling Series, then head over to the Get Involved page and discover how you can participate in the campaign!*