The inmyskin Project, now presents a talk with aarrie:
one: what is your name and where are you located ?
A - My name is Aarrie Shanille Blackman.
two: what do you feel is your calling in life ?
A - My calling in life is to create. Create art, music, relationships. All based off a raw, pure and vulnerable love for us as common creatures. "As we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence actually liberates others" (Marianne Williamson). When you have come to accept what you are, you are given your task. It tugs at your spirit like a eager 3 year old on a pant leg. Mine wants nothing more than to speak with joy, push creative sounds and production. Melodies and emotions. Blending the two until there is no longer a line between them and the distinctions are disturbed.
three: when did you realize your self-worth and how has this journey of self-discovery been for you ? what have you learned the most about yourself ?
A - It is a constant discovery, to subject it to a small portion of words would not bring it justice. If you have traveled like I have, you know that the beaches around the world on different coasts vary greatly in color, temperament and species washed ashore. I started out pure, like the islands of the Polynesian areas of Hawaii. White sand, clear innocent water's. Enthusiastic about the future and all my capabilities. I learned to value the ships that I carried from land to land. Cautious of motives and reckless pollution. I became cold, wary and sharp. My water grew dark and green. I reached the rocky beaches of Washington's coast. Basking in my own solitude and appreciative of the large bass and salmon that swam within me. At some point my waters slowed down over time. I'm still a blend of green and blue, but my mystique is brighter than ever. I still reach far areas of the world. I am still deep and vast. I am still able to carry the beauty and trust of boats and travelers. I give people calm, and I encourage all things colorful and full of life. I am still Aarrie B. No matter where the air and currents take me.
four: how has your struggles helped you to become a better woman ?
A - Patience, and humility. Two large key aspects of my character that needed refining. I have traveled so far, low and high that I am indifferent to the hills and mountains. I still feel sorrowful when I think back on just how eventful and wrongful my life has unraveled. I create joy where I can sneak it, laughing at just how silly I really am. I am a better woman for wanting to feel. I am accountable for my truth and my love. It is unmoving and humble to withstand correction.
five: who or what motivates you to create ?
A - God
six: what is your long time passion in life ?
A - My long time passion will forever be music. and it will forever follow the wonders of the world. I will never deny my heart to travel.
seven: if you could give any tips or advice to the young girls and women around the world who suffer with loving and accepting who they are, what would you say ?
A - Its okay, your afraid of yourself. That's what it is. You imagine the words and opinion of other's when you walk by a mirror. When you turn on your phone, when you walk down halls. What you don't realize young girl, is you are already given the gift of being a woman. You are a pearl in a shell. And who is to say you cannot, spray paint, glitter and light up the walls that protect you. Don't compare. It's logically insane. Be stubborn for yourself. Yes they're watching girl. I won't lie to you. Let's keep it 100. They are staring you down. Honey you don't know how many of those eyes are begging you to break the mold, so it's a little bit easier for them to do the same. When you are young no one is at peace yet. Your spirits are bouncing off walls and drifting off into unrealistic fantasies. Imagine girl, and keep imagining. And laugh while they watch you, because deep down and one day, your smirk for what they are unable to let loose, will be the freedom for someone just like you.
eight: what do you feel needs to be told to our beautiful women of color ? do you feel that us women of color hear those words often ? if not, what can we do as a community to change that. . .
A - We DO hear that we are beautiful. Just not as much for the reasons we need to. WE need to be celebrated for the enduring, exquisite pieces of work that we are. Not just our hair, feminine shapes and eyes. Those should be praised don't get me wrong. You should forever encourage the acceptance of how differently we were created. though let's not forget the make-up of our minds and heart. Who else is so fierce and divine at the same time?
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