Today, I want to acknowledge Black History Month, even though I am not Black--I am Puerto Rican. I’m about 30% black but this is not the focus here. I want to acknowledge all the African Americans who have influenced me ever since I was a child. From Martin Luther King Jr. all the way to Michael Jordan and Will Smith. I wouldn't be the person I am without black influence. I mean I was even thinking to myself last night: my clothing, the music I listen too, my swag, my favorite athletes, most of my friends, my favorite artists, my language, my lifestyle and the hairstyle I wear, are either black or influenced by the black culture.
Hip Hop is the #1 genre in music and it's influencing every aspect of our lives, business and culture and I love it. Rap was born in the Bronx and so was I and to see an art that was created by the black culture thrive for so long really inspires me. The movie Black Panther is breaking box office records. We are only really scratching the surface.
Right now I think we are living in the greatest time because whether you agree with me or not, we all have a voice. Like Diddy said, “You don't have to be black to be part of the movement.” Social media has given us a platform to connect easier and spread positivity. But I challenge you to really step up in your community as well.
It's really up to you on how you use your platform in this day and age. Even though some may disagree, I believe the direction of our culture is on the right path. For all the bad things that are seen on the news there are 10 times more good things that happen and are never seen or heard, the outlets don't show you because good things don't sell ads and commercials. I am proud to be part of this generation and living during these times because without challenge there is no triumph. What a time to be alive.
Outfit by Zara