hehehe...i absolutely love the comment you made to that girl "Just because you're half Nigerian..." and left it there. A big #NuffSaid was stuck there in my mind. i meet the same kind of people all the time here, so i understand how explaining stuff to them can be futile.
its awesome, the way you think
I think Beyonce is an extremely talented woman. I've done some background research on her and she's definitely a business lady. But I agree, she is not the 'best' singer or actress. And to be honest, I'm not a huge fan of her music either. But I do think she is a hard working, talented woman nonetheless. In regards to your statement of light skinned vs black, I know exactly what you mean. Entertainment industry has a certain bias towards light skinned artists, but that isn't to say that dark skinned women are outcasted because they aren't portrayed in the media. I think it's just that out of the very FEW black female artists out there, they just happen to be more lighter skinned than dark. But you see MALE black artists who are dark skinned everywhere. Also, in regards to your Destiny's Child comment, Kelly Rowland is not a more mainstream artist anymore because she wanted to pursue indie music. Also Michelle is not a good singer. I've heard her gospel tracks and she is "average". But she also went to a different route of pursuing GOSPEL, contemporary Christian music. But they aren't any 'darker' skinned than lets say, Nicki Minaj or Lil Kim, or Lil Mama, or India Arie for that matter. I understand how you feel though. Even Tyra Banks has talked about this before. But I think what's important is that America embraces Black artists in general. Not just based off whether they are light or dark skinned. Also, WESLEY SNIPES. lol
I agree. I think a lot of the other commenters have the idea that I somehow “care” about Beyonce or I somehow “hate” Beyonce. This is not about Beyonce alone. I just used Beyonce to illustrate this point.
You have a very good point there about Michelle going into gospel music. That definitely must have impacted her career.
People need to stop valuing others based on the colour of their skin and actually weigh the person’s contribution or skill.
although i really like beyonce, it is rare to find a dark skinned black woman praised and WORSHIPPED like beyonce is for their talents! i was just thinking the other day, how many black women are the leading role in a film? and with singers: alicia keys, aaliyah, beyonce, rihanna, amerie, ciara, all popular black singers are light skinned
Oh, Hon. Keep hating on Beyonce, she's made more than Kelly, Michell and Jennifer combined in one entire year. I'm sorry you have to bash such a beautiful woman just to make yourself look better, which clearly, you don't. xox.
Yay, a Beyonce fan!! Why oh why is it that so many of you have such limited comprehension skills?
I did not bash Beyonce. I said that there are lots of other more deserving singers who are far more talented singers than her. And that is the truth.
I was reading your message about the whole Lightskin, darkskin thing. It is true that SOME guys perfer lightskin girls over darkskins but thats their peferance. Just because Beyonce is lightskin has NOTHING to do with talent. Gabrielle Union is darkskin and a beautiful actrice. What you said about Taraji P. Henson is invalid because she is lightskin and she is talented. Beyonce is known as a role model. "All Beyonce teaches Black girls is that if you're dark skinned sorry but better luck next time, and your hair is not good enough so you had better attach a horse's tail or mane to your forehead with glue." How is putting weave in your hair not making you a role model? Most women in hollywood both LIGHTSKIN & DARKSKIN have weave in their hair, so that argument is invald. Your two points of discussion that you argued was mostly of NIGERIA and BEYONCE! Beyonce is a humble person. Do some research about her. Yeah America is a big country so other countries will hear about it. In Nigeria, if people are seeing this media it is their option to follow along with it. Not all Nigerian women are like you. Btw I'm half Nigerian.
Sigh… just because you are half Nigerian …. in fact, forget it. There really is no point explaining this.
lady your clearly a hater of beyonce. WHY EVERYTIME THIS LIGHTSKIN VS DARK SKIN SHIT COMES UP BEYONCE NAME IS ALWAYS DRAGGED INTO. IS IT HER FAULT SHE'S BEAUTIFUL? IS IT HER FAULT SHE'S TALENTED? TELL THOSE OTHER BITCHES TOO WORK HARDER AND THEY'LL GET SOMEWHERE IN LIFE. EVEN IF BEYONCE WASN'T LIGHT I BET SHE'D STILL CONQUER AND HAVE THE SUCCESS SHE HAS. YOU BITCHES ARE SO BITTER TO THAT WOMAN IT DOESN'T MAKE ANY SENSE AT ALL! WHILE YOUR BEING MAD BEYONCE DWELLING ON HER SKIN COLOR. SHE WILL BE SEATED AT THE GRAMMYS. WHERE WILL YOU BE AT? BTW IF KELLY AND MICHELLE HAD TALENT LIKE BEYONCE OR WAS AS DRIVEN AS SHE WAS THEY'LL BE ON THE CHARTS TOO. TO BAD YOUR FUCKING SOUR. BEYONCE= A WINNER REMEMBER THAT :) ANY PROBLEMS IM HERE. I LOVE BEYONCE I WILL DEFEND HER AGAINST YOU TOUGH ASS INTERNET JUNKIES.
If you had paid attention in kindergarten you would be able to read.
If you were able to read, you would understand that I did not bash Beyonce, nor do I hate Beyonce.
I simply used Beyonce’s success as an example to illustrate the problem of colourism in America.
I never even said I was angry. And considering the amount of energy you are expending to “defend” Beyonce, I think she should pay you. You certainly deserve it.
Erm what Simpleecomplicated said about the Beyonce thing is not true. Light skinned Black women ARE treated MUCH MUCH better than dark skinned Black women in America and its hemisphere. I’m Nigerian and I had no idea of this behaviour until I came to America for college and witnessed it first hand. It is very disingenuous of you and simpleecomplicated to sweep the truth under the rug and try to chalk the tensions between dark skinned and light skinned black women up to insecurity.
Insecure about what? About the fact that men of all races (especially Black men) treat dark skinned Black women as if they should be rolling and shaking with gratitude if a man even looks their way? The fact that light skinned Black women are given discriminatory and unfair privileges by others that are not extended to dark skinned Black women? The fact that there are people out there right now that still mentally apply the brown paper bag test and a hundred other evils against dark skinned Black women?
Really? Sure Beyonce is a hard working, marginally talented woman. I can NEVER dispute that and I can NEVER deny that. But guess what? Whether you will ever admit it or not, or even whether you believe it or not, Michelle and Kelly can sing ten times better than Beyonce can ever dream of singing. JENNIFER HUDSON can sing FIFTY times better than Beyonce can ever dream of singing. In fact, Beyonce dare not even dream of dreaming of approaching Jennifer Hudson’s level of vocal talent in her wildest dreams, and this is not even about my musical preferences because I’m not someone who likes music (and I only like one or two Nigerian songs and a few other songs here and there) but even someone as musically indifferent as me can tell in ONE LISTEN that based on musical talent, Michelle, Kelly, and Jennifer Hudson by all rights should have careers ten times bigger than Beyonce’s but of course the reality is totally different. Why? Because unfortunately for talented singers like Jennifer Hudson and co, Beyonce is light skinned and has long, flowing semi-blonde *ahem* “hair” and to top things off, she can choose to be Black when she wants to or claim that she is “Creole” (whatever the fuck that means).
Unfortunately for those women, light skinned black women like Beyonce are apparently the only Black women who are allowed to be beautiful so Beyonce who cannot act to save her life has people falling over themselves to offer her hollywood roles while people like Gabrielle Union, Taraji P. Henson, and other mega talented but unfortunately relatively dark skinned Black actresses will probably never rise higher than their current level in mainstream hollywood.
I’m sorry but whoever said Beyonce is the best global role model for girls must be fucking joking. Maybe she’s the best role model for you in America but leave other countries out of it thank you. All Beyonce teaches Black girls is that if you’re dark skinned sorry but better luck next time, and your hair is not good enough so you had better attach a horse’s tail or mane to your forehead with glue. Or better yet if you can yank it off a Brazilian woman’s head, more power to you. Beyonce also teaches Black girls that you do not need to be talented to get by, just pretty and light and bright and sometimes Creole.
Yes Beyonce has no children outside wedlock, but GUESS WHAT? MILLIONS of Nigerian women don’t either. We did not need Beyonce to give us an example. Millions of Black women in other countries are getting by just fine without her. Probably part of the reason why so many people can’t stand Beyonce is that she is getting in the way of much more talented Black singers or entertainers who have meaningful messages to pass along through their craft but will never enjoy that kind of limelight because unfortunately for them they are relatively dark skinned compared to Beyonce (e.g. Erykah Badu, India Arie - two talented women who are far more deserving role models than Beyonce but who are constantly outshined by her simply because their skin doesn’t shine like hers). And even Erykah Badu with her three children from three different fathers is still a better role model for young girls than Beyonce but Beyonce’s crazy die hard stans obviously will never see this. Everything and anything is chalked up to “hating”.
You do your fellow women a huge disservice when you try to make out that there are not very real people out there suffering in their daily lives through no fault of their own because of the colorist and racist institutional construct that Beyonce’s success represents. No doubt, a large part of her success is due to her own hard work, but anyone can work hard. What nobody is admitting here is that even if India Arie worked twenty times as hard as Beyonce, even if Jennifer Hudson worked twenty times as hard as Beyonce, they would never be as big as Beyonce because they are just too dark for racist Americans. (who of course will claim that they have black friends and family members and are not in the KKK so they most definitely cannot be racist).
I don’t say this as someone who dislikes Beyonce. I don’t particularly care because I’m not a music person. I still listen to Nsync because that’s what was popular when I was in boarding school and that’s about as far as I ever got on the music scene, but I say this as an outside observer. As someone who came to your country and was appalled by what I saw and experienced.
I grew up in Nigeria, and in my country, how far you go in life has no relationship whatsoever to the colour of your skin, but thanks to the American media that is now filtering into Nigeria, lighter skinned women are now being given preferential treatment over other Nigerian women when such a thing has never happened before. The population of Nigeria is 99.9% black but thanks to the example set by America’s media, Nigerian singers and entertainers are now importing white women to star in their music videos because they now think that black women are not good enough and only white women are beautiful and desirable and sexy enough to be the star of the video.
From a purely business/marketing/economic perspective, does this make any sense to you? In a country/market that is 99.9% black, does it make any economic sense to populate your music videos with white women while hoping to sell that song to a homogenously black market?
It makes no logical sense, but thanks to America’s global gospel that white and light and bright are the only right in this world (headed by the success of stars like Beyonce and Rihanna - another person who cannot sing if her life depended on it), black women in Nigeria are being sidelined for these jobs IN THEIR OWN COUNTRY WHERE EVERYONE IS BLACK TOO.
Seriously, you people need to sit down and think long and hard about the colourism problem in your country and how it affects the lives of every day black women before you just make comments about how wonderful Beyonce is and how people who don’t support her are insecure. It’s not insecurity, it’s justified righteous anger.
That’s really sad. I think we’ve all been in the same position before. Good luck with it. I hope it turns out okay for you. Who knows maybe some day in the future if she’s not still with her boyfriend she might end up with you.
A friend convinced me to blog my experiences and I just started. Its www.introducingade.blogspot.com What are the challenges i should expect?
It’s great that you’re starting a blog. Good for you! Probably the biggest challenge of blogging is writing posts that speak your mind but that are still interesting enough to engage people. That, and getting through the days when you simply cannot think of anything to blog about.
what books did/do you use to practice your drawing techniques?
Actually I practise mostly by doing the drawing tutorials on DeviantArt. Just go to DeviantArt and type in tutorial and hundreds of them will come up. Besides that there are a lot of great books that I have.
Draw Comics with Dick Giordano really helped me and got me started. Another great book is Incredible Comics with Tom Nguyen. Of course you want to take figure drawing classes if you can and draw from live models. If you can’t take classes, just force your friends and family to pose for you. If they don’t agree, tie them up in various positions, duct tape their mouths so they can’t scream for help and draw them anyway.
Please give a update on your hair. Could you show some pics, and share what products you are using?
My hair is currently in braids. After the disaster last January it fell out for most of the year so I just did some deep moisturising with Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk and put it in braids until it’s done breaking and starts growing out healthily again. I think I took some pictures when I had it out. I’ll see if I can find them and put them up.
not a question. but a comment. just want to say i discovered ur blog today and already love it. thot i was the only manga loving nigerian girl out there. plus ru work is AMAZINGLY good. u'll definitely go far in life.
Thanks! I love manga and anime, especially Inuyasha, Hagane no, and Jigoku Shoujo!
Hi Sugabelly. I have been following your blog for the past 4 months now and I must say you are trully a gifted artist and writer.
I'd love to know how you started drawing bc I have always wanted to know how to, but quite can't!
I am able to visually hold
Thank you so much. I’m glad you like my drawings. I think artistic ability is about 40% natural ability and 60% hard work. I have always been able to draw (since I was born) but for many years I didn’t draw and then when I tried I found out that I couldn’t. I had to relearn how to draw. It was a very painful process for me but I kept at it because I have always loved drawing more than anything else. My advice would be to get some good how to books that show how to look at the body and link all the parts together mentally. I probably will do a post soon about drawing or how to draw. Look out for it!