Go for the Gold, Girl
As a child, I remember reading books about Flo Jo and Wilma Rudolph being the greatest of all time. Until this day, I still have Wilma Unlimited. I was inspired that even through the trials and tribulations, you could still believe that you are more than the troubles you face. I looked up to these women like children in this era are looking up to these young ladies I’ll be sharing with you.
I am summer loving the goddamn 2016 Rio Olympics because let me tell you, #blackgirlmagic. I’m in LOVE with how many women are winning in their events. Miss Michelle Carter wins shot put with an INCREDIBLE throw, becoming the first American woman to win the shot put gold. I wish someone else would say, “you throw like a girl!” Not only is she incredibly talented but she is a certified make-up artist and sells her own make-up line called Shot Diva. This entrepreneur is all about handling her business on and off the field, plus I love her rocking the big natural hair. Magical. Last Thursday, Miss Simone Manuel became the first black woman in Olympic history to win gold in individual swimming. This monumental achievement is not just for black women but for the generations of black people that were turned away from swimming pools because it could be “contaminated.” Scoot on over ‘cause we came to party.
Four years ago, Gabby Douglas became the first woman of color to win an individual gold medal in gymnastics. What I love most about this year’s games are these TWO women of color: Gabby Douglas and Simone Biles, both are crushing their opponents. What I love about Biles, is when asked about her success compared to other male athletes, her response was: “I’m not the next Usain Bolt or Michael Phelps, I’m the first Simone Biles.” Flawless.
These accomplishments at the Olympics games are wonderful and shouldn’t be taken lightly. We must appreciate what these athletes can offer to our community. Yes, they are women and yes, they are black, but as Americans, we need to celebrate their achievements as loud and as proud as we can because they represent US as a Nation! We don’t need to hear “Gabby, the black gymnast” or “Serena, the black tennis player.” We need to hear comments like “Carter, the best female thrower on the planet.” “Biles, the baddest gymnast in the world.” These are Olympic winners and as a black woman, I do not apologize for celebrating their gifts and achievements!
Go for the Gold, girl.