Gabrielle is breathing. As she speaks, you can see, hear and palpably feel her truth. Her resolve to not settle for a superficial life and its meaningless results and consequences underlies her authenticity and, in turn, encourages us to embrace ourselves by not conforming to dehumanizing and damaging societal dictates. She encourages us to breathe by acknowledging and confronting our past as well as our faults in order to accept ourselves and grow.
I am ceaselessly amazed by the depth of her beauty and being. Thank you Gabrielle for sharing yourself with us and delivering the simple message that we do not need to diminish other’s shine in order for ourselves to shine. You will enjoy The Gabrielle Union Speech That Inspired Oprah.
Please be sure to watch Gabrielle and other fantastically beautiful and inspiring women in African-American Women in Hollywood which will precede Dark Girls on Sunday, June 23rd.
I am greatly looking forward to this dialogue revealing the various worlds in which women of color live.