This month recognises black resistance to historic oppression. Hashtags like #blackgirlmagic and #blackexcellence inspired the publication Istyleblaq to champion amazing individuals embodying blackness.

Unfortunately, during sponsorship meetings with two unnamed white-owned organisations, I was asked insensitive questions like “Why do I  have to celebrate black people?” or “What difference does that make regarding white superiority?”, which is disappointing unless there was no awareness of black history.

Celebrating black strength after centuries of oppression does not isolate but uplifts equality. Professors Phakeng and Twala expressed why applauding black excellence matters: “For me it means celebrating black success, showing the world we can succeed in a white environment,” said Phakeng. Twala added black excellence shows “daily excellence, reinventing when needed, focusing on dreams/purpose, projects beyond self-interest.” In essence, it spotlights our community’s greatness capacity.

Let us acknowledge liberation helpers’ courage and strength this and every month! Happy Black History Month from iStyleblaq!

By Muzi Ndziba

Muzi Ndziba | Joburg-based freelance journalist | content creator | Istyleblaq founder

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