Katrina, are you writing an article on Jazmine Sullivan's album? Yes. Yes, I am.
A Safe Space
Jazmine Sullivan (She/Her) won Best R&B Album For ‘HEAUX TALES’ at the 2022 GRAMMYs. Her album was amazing but her acceptance speech is what made me write this.
In her acceptance speech Jazmine said her album "ended up being was a safe space for Black women to tell their stories, for us to learn from each other, laugh with each other and not be exploited at the same time."
Black girls, especially big boned Black girls, are not given space to explore their sexuality without scrutiny. They are shamed and held to such a ridiculous standard. This stems from the hyper sexualization and fetishization of Black women and girls.
Here are some words and terms associated with this thinking:
I am forever thankful that there are voices uplifting other voices to free us from this thinking and are ready to build safe spaces.
In Jazmine Sullivan's award winning album she provides ballad after ballad entrenched with vulnerability, sexual experiences and a deep look into the ideology we are taught about our bodies and what we a