NSPP--What does loving the skin you’re in mean to you?
JB--It means accepting myself- mind, body and soul. It means being comfortable with who I am. Flaws and all.
NSPP--What has proven to be the most important lesson learned thus far?
JB--That I can’t look to the world to validate me. I don’t need the world to tell me anything about myself that I should already know: that I am lovable; that my voice matters; that my ideas make sense and deserve the space to expand.
NSPP--in a world full of patriarchy..How do you fight to own your body?
JB--Being older, married and more secure in who I am, I don’t have the need to cater to the male gaze at large anymore. Only one male’s gaze matters, my husband’s, and even then I’d like to think his gaze is not solely focused on my physical attributes, but what’s going on in my mind and in my heart.
NSPP--Would your younger self like the person that you are today?
JB--Hell yeah she would!
NSPP--What piece of advise would your older self give to your younger self? and Vice Versa.
JB--I would tell her to stop trying to be like everybody else, stop trying to be cool. “Being cool” for the sake of just being cool is so overrated and wack! The coolest people are the ones who are simply themselves no matter what. I would tell her that she’s beautiful as she is.
NSPP--What are your thoughts on the #BlackGirlMagic Movement? Do you believe that its necessary? If so, why? How do you spread #BlackGirlMagic?
JB--Black Girl Magic is a declaration that our beauty, our humanity matters: from the physical to the spiritual, the intellectual and the emotional. Black Girl Magic is our unapologetic presence, our liberation, our gift to the world,our gift to ourselves and each other.
NSPP-If you were abandoned on an island…alone…AND you could only bring 3 items…what would those 3 items be?
JB--The book, “Women Who Run With The Wolves”, a notebook and a pencil.