“When did we lose our pride in representing ourselves? When did we slip away of let me make sure I’m presentable when I leave my home?” asked Oscar-winning comedian and actress Mo’Nique on her Instagram account recently, renewing a debate on they way in which many Black women chose to present themselves in public.
In addition to her roles on Precious, for which she won the Academy Award, Phat Girlz, and long-running TV series The Parkers, Mo’Nique stalso starred in the 2004 comedy Hair Show, which put Black hair competitons in the spotlight.
“I’m not saying you don’t have pride but the representation that you’re showing someone will have to ask you to know if you have it. It’s not to get a man … it is just your representation of you, my sweet babies.”
Of course, there has been debate about Mo’Nique’s remarks, with considerable backlash as well as agreement.