Growing up, I was fortunate enough to be surrounded by so many influential, positive and woke women of color … to say the least. I always felt protected, like they were protecting me from something, but I couldn’t understand what it was? As I became old enough to really understand what the world was about, it started to click. I saw how immediately you’re categorized by all of your external factors, like skin color and gender. I watched how the media portrayed us so negatively, how colorism has brainwashed our communities, how our hair can sometimes determine if we get the job or not, how people try so hard to pin us against each other for entertainment and how sometimes you even experience hatred and jealousy from the same people who look like you. I mean I could go on forevaaa, but i’m sure y’all get the point.
Being a woman of color, the way you see the world and your experiences are different. When I left home for college, that is when I truly experienced what it was like being a women of color in this world. I’ve dealt with unwanted opinions like ‘my curly hair would look so much better if it was straight,’ spending hours in different stores trying to find the right foundation/nude lipstick to match my skin tone, walking into a grocery store and people eyeing my basket in shock, because all of my groceries are healthy and having to always prove myself and work ten times harder to get the same recognition in professional/school settings. I’ve experienced it all, and I must say it made me hella uncomfortable.
Despite everything, I’m on this journey to unconditionally love who I was created to be. I know so many women that look like me and that are so put together and fearlessly going out into the world and taking everything that belongs to them. I’ve learned from the best, how to be the best, how to look my best, stay in my own lane and win. I’ve always wanted to be a blogger, I mean i’ve got to put this Journalism degree to use somehow, right?
Judicious means to do something with good judgement and sense and I believe that is a fundamental part of life and human growth, and of course my name is Jade and this is my blog. But … this isn’t your typical blog, it’s more like a guide … a guide blog for women of color on how to glow in all areas of your life, when the world tries so damn hard to dim your light.