America’s Next Top Model should probably thank the heavens that Twitter wasn’t around when it started in 2003.
On Saturday, actress Yaya DaCosta shared videos on Instagram after viewers of Love & Hip Hop Miami sent her clips from the show. Musician, Amara La Negra has been struggling to get her message across. In the episode, the singer is criticised for her big afro and black pride
DaCosta had a similar incident on season three of America’s Next Top Model when she proudly wore her hair natural and dressed in an Ankara-print top.
“Every once in a while (more and more often these days), we are reminded of how far we still have to go surrounding issues of tolerance and ethnic sensitivity,” DaCosta said in her Instagram post acknowledging her time on the Tyra Banks’ produced competition show.
Every once in a while (more and more often these days), we are reminded of how far we still have to go surrounding issues of tolerance and ethnic sensitivity. . Trump’s latest comments about immigrants are a fresh example of that, but it is NOTHING NEW. He’s been expressing bigotry and protecting other racists since day one. . Same hate, new day… . I know that this might seem trivial next to the serious threat our country is currently facing, but people keep sending me videos of Love & HipHop Miami, saying that it reminded them of me as a young girl, learning to navigate the new phenomenon of reality TV. . Unfortunately, 14 years later, nothing has changed. . Same ignorance, new show… . It took a lot of work to heal from that experience, and looking back, I feel so much for that eager, vulnerable young version of myself. There are so many things I would whisper in her ear… . @amaralanegraaln I truly applaud your strength. As another brown-skinned, curly-headed woman with African roots and Latin branches, I stand with you. . Yes, we are all human, but the myth that we live in a post-racial society is a falsehood and, frankly, a dangerous state of denial. . May all little girls and boys everywhere feel safe and may they trust that their experiences are valid. . May we celebrate humankind’s diversity and hold one another up as worthy and deserving of respect. . #Respeito . (p.s. I think Viola Davis looked pretty damn glamorous and elegant at the Golden Globes… in her ‘fro! 😜✊🏽)
We all know nothing about DaCosta and Amara’s stories are new. But in a new world of social media putting peoples’ face in their shit, maybe some people will think before making ignorant remarks about black pride.
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