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I am Black, but Comely Oh Ye Daughters of Jerusalem

Updated: Mar 21, 2021

"I am black but comely, oh ye Daughters of Jerusalem, as the tents of Kedar, as the curtains of Solomon. Look not upon me, because I am black because the sun hath looked upon me: my mother's children were angry with me, they made me the keeper of the vineyards; but my own vineyards have I not kept," Song of Songs (Solomon) 1:5-6.

Although beautiful, it is evident that she was a melanated woman who believed that she did not fit into society's beauty standards; her self-esteem began to suffer. Throughout history, dark skin was deemed as less desirable to the fairer. Women who possessed this deeper complexion were in no wise less complex, but quite the contrary. To live a life of a dark-skinned woman then required a strength only God can give. They had a lower socioeconomic status in society. This maiden, for instance, was forced to work in the vineyards by her "Mother's Children". She knows that she is lovely but falls prey to the dark perspective of the sun's kiss upon her cheek. Her countenance falls, and her self esteem slips through her hardworking fingers; thus, she lets herself go. But amid such struggle, she still somehow gains the attention of King Solomon. I mean, she must have been the Naomi Campbell of her day, exuding beauty effortlessly! She ends up marrying the King!

Due to slavery, people of color were deemed inferior to their peers. But none the less my beautiful sister, you are queen. You are the bride to the richest King! We are not here to glorify the darkness of skin but rather the Light that shines within. That Light is Knowledge. 2 Corinthians 4:6 states," For God, who said, 'Let light shine out of darkness,' made his Light shine in our hearts to give us the Light of the knowledge of God's glory displayed in the face of Christ.

I am black, and I am beautiful. In honor of Black History Month, I am here to tell all my sisters that you are beautiful, too. Black is the darkest of colors, but it ABSORBS all Light. It takes the integration of EVERY color and Light to produce this unparalleled hue. We are SunFlowers! Just as Sunlight emanates through the closed window blinds, our unique creativity has infiltrated and influenced all walks of life. Matthew 5:15-16 states, "Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand, and it gives Light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your Light shine before others that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in Heaven".

Turban- MaryJane Claverol

Earrings- Francesca's

Peter Pan Collard White Button Down Shirt- H&M

Gold Dress-Zara

Loafers-Kate Spade


Gold Belt - Thrifted

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