A few years ago Ayana “Yani” Byrd and Akiba “Ak” Solomon dropped a very fresh anthology about Black women and body image called Naked: Black Women Bare All About Their Skin, Hair, Hips, Lips, and Other Parts. Published by Penguin, the book (which is still in stores, in case you’re interested) features intensely personal essays and oral memiors by professional writers, a few celebrities and “everyday” women with incredible stories. Naked didn’t reach Oprah, but based on their reviews and the feedback they’ve received throughout their travels, their little book does big things for the women (and men) who read it. Apparently, when people tell the whole truth about how they feel about their bodies, when they pass on the mass media Kool Aid and define for themselves who and what their beautiful bodies are for, they get:
-justifiably furious with the bulls**t
-powerful most times
-prepared for combat
So Yani, Ak, and a few choice contributors are going to continue what they started with Naked using this here blog. They’re excited and hope you are too.