Monday, May 9, 2011
Recognizable Natural - India.Arie
India.Arie's song "I am Not My Hair" is the unofficial theme song for naturals all across this nation. It has been the song that has helped us to understand that whether relaxed or natural, our hair does not define who we are as people. What more fitting recognizable natural than she?!
Ever since her first album, Accoustic Soul, India has been encouraging women to not be defined by society's standards and stereotypes. Songs like "Video" & "I Am Not My Hair" encourage women to be their unique individual selves. Songs like "Brown Skin", "Beautiful Surprise", "The Truth", & "Chocolate High" celebrate black love. I particularly appreciate how she sets a standard for love and respect in relationships without being male bashing in songs like, "Talk To Her" & "These Eyes". Ok, so I'm an India.Arie fan.
By witnessing, India.Arie's career, one gets an opportunity to see her through various stages of hair styles and length. She's sported brush cuts, medium sized afros, braids, locs and her beautiful signature head wraps. I love the way she embraces her hair in all of it's stages and wears it with confidence.
Below, hear her sing our anthem....