Soul-beauty of a race: Black Aesthetics and Double Consciousness

“…confusion and doubt in the soul of the black artist; for the beauty revealed to him was the soul-beauty of a race which his larger audience despised, and he could not articulate the message of another people.” (DuBois, 1897)

I am thinking about 

My students

A student

Gifted in profound ways

Searching for her voice

Her place

Her look

In a crowded room

Where

Her

Soul

Beauty

Song

Picture

Story

IS NOT

Celebrated.

Where gaze becomes admiration

Joy

And 

LOVE

Principled

Ethical

Accepted

Like blue Skais 

Welcoming Blackness

Before rain.

A new day lies on the other side for you.

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