My Journey

Omoy k Williams
Posted September 16, 2015 from Jamaica
Omoy

There is so much that I've had to experience being a woman in my skin. It's been a journey that has taught me alot about owning your own inspite of the reality and perceptions that exists around you. Growing up in Jamaica, colorism plays an intrigal role in shaping the reality and attitudes of many dark skinned girls. As a teenager I went through a faze of hating my skin; and to a certain extent beleiving the ignorant and arrogant perceptions of others. However It took the love and immense support of family and even friends to encourage me in the walk of self love and appreciation of my own skin. I am now aware of how important a community is in ones own growth and development . I love the skin I'm in and most importantly I love being a woman. This love has evolved into a passion to seek after the things that I am eager about. Even more I have a deeper ferver to empower other women in their own paths of self-discovery and love.

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Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi
Sep 17, 2015
Sep 17, 2015

Dear Omoy,

This is quite interesting. I didnt know this also happens in Jamaica where there are many dark skinned people. I guess it is in the minds of people. I am glad you looked at the postive side of life. Many people look at the negative side of life and end up hurting other people. But you are different and special and you took negativity and found love in your family and in the community.

You are definately very special and you can change the world with that kind of atittude. Continue with the good work and continue to spread the love.

Omoy k Williams
Sep 17, 2015
Sep 17, 2015

Oh my, thank you so much for these kind and beautiful words.

Tan Ching
Sep 20, 2015
Sep 20, 2015

Woman of any skin colour can be beautiful.....beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.  Inner beauty is even more important.

Omoy k Williams
Sep 25, 2015
Sep 25, 2015

I most certainly agree.

Tami ssa
Sep 21, 2015
Sep 21, 2015

Dear Omoy,

thank you for sharing this story with us. Is important to see how colorism and racism affects women in all parts of the globe with the perspective of the people involved. Here in Brazil,we, black women, face the same problems, is nice to see that in different parts of the world women are dealing with this issues and making the difference. Your journey is inspiring, is empowering, and make us have hope of a change!

Once again, thank you!

Olubee
Sep 22, 2015
Sep 22, 2015

Dear Omoy,

Thank God you were able to accept who you are inspite of racism and colorism,because accepting  who we are, go a long way to achieving our purpose in life, when you accept yourself for who you are, then you will be able to help others accept  and love themselves, because you can give what you dont have.

keep on girl,

love

bukola.  

Juksmori
Sep 22, 2015
Sep 22, 2015

Dear Omoy,

Thank you for sharing your story.

I'd like to remind all women, no matter what skin colour we have or racial background we come from, we are very unique in our own special way and no one can take that from us.

Hold your head high girl and keep on going.

Juksmori

emergentcorp
Sep 23, 2015
Sep 23, 2015

My Dear Sister Omoy:

Coming to love yourself in your own skin - awesome isn't it.  I understand the feeling and work it takes to get there.  I can also see where you now are - the regal confidence is plain to see!

I am look forward to your contributions to the conversations.

Warm regards, Abigail

TraceyJBell
Sep 23, 2015
Sep 23, 2015

Omoy,

Thank you for sharing your story and educating me about the impact of colorism in your country. I hear strength in your words of overcoming other's misconceptions and prejudices. Your positivity is infectious and inspiring. I am excited to hear more about your plans for sharing that strength with other women in your community on your journey to empowerment.  

Tracey

Ukhengching Marma
Sep 25, 2015
Sep 25, 2015

Hello Dear,

You are beautiful from inside and out. Just see your inner potentiality as being a young beautifl soul, look into your generosity, i strongly beleive GOD has gave us the same color of blood which proves us to be one race. We are living in one world, so we are all one nation.I am just inspired to see your positiveness , this is the light, this is the true power. Keep in touch.

Thanks

Ukheng

Urmila Chanam
Sep 27, 2015
Sep 27, 2015

Dear Omoy,

I loved the feelings you endorse about your identity, your community, your skin and your aspirations and I find it immensely infectious and hugely ' the best thing to do'! Colorism is so naive yet it surrounds us from every side and the perspectives diminish our self worth. In India it is pathetic where TV and newspapers/magazines advertisements propogate fair complexion and deem it equivalent to definition of beauty. This biased projections must be put to a stop and a movement among journalists has started to end this color discrimination. 

Wish you keep walking the walk and carry on being the ambassador against colorism.

Love and hugs

Urmila Chanam

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