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Why Are So Many Black Women Buying Plants Right Now?

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Why Are So Many Black Women Buying Plants Right Now?


“Plants brings us back to our ancestors. Plants are healing. Plants are medicine.”

to be Black in America right now is to bear the brunt of all of the world’s current crises at once: a global outbreak that is disproportionately affecting Black communities, racial tension and police brutality, and gun violence—just to name a few. To be Black in America is to live in a perpetual cycle of fear, anxiety, anger, and sometimes momentary happiness, before that sliver of joy is eclipsed by yet another wave of anger. I cope by revisiting a classic Black sitcom—this month, it’s A Different World—for a respite from the overwhelming sense of anxiety. But in seeing Denise, Whitley, Dwayne, and Jalessa revel in their blackness at the fictional HBCU Hillman College on screen, I’m reminded that it’s just not that easy for Black people in the real world to do the same, especially when we are being slain by cops and harassed by white supremacists in daily life. “Arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor” has become a frequent refrain on..

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I am a future butterfly at the stage of growth when I am turning into an adult. I am enclosed in a hard case shell formed by love, family, and friends. It is the hardest stage of becoming a black butterfly. You will encounter many hardships only to come out stronger and better than what you went in. At this stage, you are finding out who you truly are and how to love yourself.

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What Does It Mean To Be “Black Butterfly Beautiful”

The image of the butterfly has come to define the many expressions of the feminine black consciousness and for a good reason. The butterfly is the perfect articulation of the exquisite beauty of nature. Whether tiny or large, brightly colored or more subdued, the butterfly’s allure is undeniable. Each one displays its own unique patterns and hues, and no one species outshines any other.

Similarly, there is no one ideal image of a black woman -- each is gorgeous in her right. All African-Americans share a glorious history of struggle and perseverance that has funneled into the modern black renaissance. And, like the graceful butterfly, the awakened black woman exemplifies the dazzling beauty of that cultural evolution.

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