|Fly Gabby Fly!!!|
Folks will talk about the hair dilemma and I won't join the chorus because it's sad on a few levels. 1) The wrong folks will pontificate, 2) it exposed private conversations that never should've been said or taken as hating (unless it was said in self-hate), 3) 4) it reminds me of India.Arie's song "I Am Not My Hair" - "Does the way I wear my hair make me a better person."
I'll also let folks speak on how NBC and others, while praising her, has tried to do a disservice to her accomplishments. Please read those links because even in spite of history, some will still not give full credit where it's due. I saw it in 2010 where they barely gave Black speedskater Shani Davis credit for repeating as an Olympic gold medalist.
Here at the Gumbo, I salute the 16 year old dynamo out of Virginia and her historical achievements. The first Black gymnast to win two gold medals. The first Black gymnast to win the all-around competition. An unashamed Christian who gives credit to God for her poise and skill. A product of a beautiful Black family that supports her (including her Army veteran father) and a great host family that took care of her when she followed her dreams.
This is what the Olympics is about. Joy In Repetition paying off (word to Prince).
|Love Gabby's mother throwing up the fist. Her tears and joy have been beautiful.|
|Since it's in London, I'll paraphrase one of England's best bands. Shine On, You Beautiful Diamond|