Why Do You Love Being A Sista?

For their July 2010 issue, Essence Magazine assembled a group of nine black women to answer one simple question: “Why do you love being a black woman?”

Amongst those who were in attendance, Tichina Arnold, Chrisette Michele, Ledisi, Lis Wu-Hartwell, Tamala Jones, Kelly Rowland, Wendy Raquel Robinson and Tia and Tamera Mowry.

Excerpts from this girl power session can be found below…

Chrisette Michele: “When I look at my lips, I would like to kiss myself. While other women try to inject serums in their lips, we have a natural Botox and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Our lips are perfectly fantastic.”

Kelly Rowland: “We love with everything- our heart, soul, mind.”

Lisa Wu-Hartwell: “We’re resilient. We make the impossible possible. Just think about Rosa Parks and Harriet Tubman. Black women always set new rules.”

Tia Mowry: “We are ride or die chicks for our men.” (I hate this phrase personally)

Tamera Mowry: “My booty is small but round enough to sit something on.”

Tichina Arnold: “When a black woman cuts her eyes at you, it means that was your last chance and no one can help you because you’ve used up all your lifelines.”

Tamala Jones: “We can cook up an entire meal for $20 and make it look like it cost $100.”

Wendy Raquel Robinson: “We have our own vernacular, colloquialism and flavor that sets us apart. Plus we come in so many different hues and have so many different hair textures. We’re phenomenal.”

To read more you can pick up the latest issue of Essence with Jada Pinkett Smith on the cover at newsstands now.

You can also feel free to answer this question yourselves.


  1. Tia and Tamera could have come better 🙄 . Lisa Wu’s was nice 🙂

  2. I love my lips and my amooth chocolate skin. And I love tichinas response.

  3. I can’t wait to read it. I love being a black woman!

  4. I’m liking the positive tone of this edition of Essence!! From this article to the Jada Pinkett-Smith article, there is a lot of uplifting messages about towards black women!! Anyway, it’s a nice shift from the usual (e.g., black women “always single”, what black women do “wrong”, etc.) and that gets a thumbs up from me!! 🙂

  5. @ VVSROCKS:

    :iagree: I read those comments from Tia/Tamara and thought, huh?? Oh well, it’s still a nice article, LOL!!

  6. even though i am small compared to the women in my family I love that I have a beautiful shape. I also love how as black women we have so much fight/history and I love that there are so many accomplishes that black women are going for everyday! I cant help but love what I see because I know my history and how hard we fought. KUDOS 2us

  7. This was superb and I love their t-shirts in the article. It’s beautiful to see us discuss our love for ourselves!!

  8. I love they way kelly looks. That how she look when i seen her in LA. Beautiful woman.

  9. I love the fact that Essence put this topic in their magazine. Every young girl and grown woman should read this! It’s inspiring and makes you take pride in who you are and what you stand for. We have a colorful history deeply rooted in faith, courage, and vision! I love being a black woman because our heritage is RICH!

  10. I agree Lady. Kelly is such an underrated beauty. The hair, the body, it is all so fabulous.

  11. lol i love Chrisette’s statement, and Tichina’s too. and i agree.

  12. Essence….side eye! sorry I can’t say anything positive.

    That probaly should have made the cover!

    We are so under attack these days..
    But I love being a black woman because we will still stand strong even against the world!

  13. I agree, I hated Tia’s quote the most. WTH?? Both the Mowry’s quotes were wack!! nothing inspiring at all.

    I love Chrisette, Wendy and Lisa’s quotes. Kelly’s quote is so true, I wonder if thats why sistas cant move forward?! Hmmm..
    Well, I dont read mags, but: Nice!

  14. Well to be honest T & T Mowry are mixed so what would you all expect?

  15. Isn’t it interesting that over the years BW were always viewed in a negative light. We have full lips, curves, a various shades of blackness. Look at how many other races are getting surgery to have full lips, butt implants and tanning to look like us! We are fearfully and wonderfully made!

  16. im all for loving being a black woman..but when will “we” as black women embrass our blackness. Not everybody is glamed up or cute 24/7…what about the average lady who is struggling to make it everyday…no weaves..no designer gear…just her mind..body and soul…we look like hoochies most of the time and we put chemicals in our hair to try to look..more beautiful…what about the natual ladies with out any plastic surgery or money to “enhance” thier natual looks..and essance is a joke..how can you have a article about how a man treats you wrong or cheats on u…then turn around and have a fashion spread and tell women..its all about the bling bling and if ur cute and sexy?? WTF…Back in the day all women, black and white..carried themselves with more class and dignity…todays women think its all about t&a…I guess..if u got it flaunt it..but if thats all you have…u must not want much!!!! :iagree: :iagree: :iagree:

  17. I love being a black woman because we are not afraid to have curves and we DO NOT think we are fat no matter what “they” say!!

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