“It’s easy to pretend to be “fierce and fearless because living your truth takes real courage. Real fearless and fierce women admit mistakes and they work to correct them” .~Gabrielle Union
I’ll be the first to admit that I was not a huge fan of actress Gabrielle Union, I think it was the roles she chose to play starting out that deterred me from becoming a fan. Over the years Gabby has stepped her game up and become one of “Black Hollywood’s” favorite actresses. Gabby, along with other actresses of color attended the Black Women in Hollywood Essence Luncheon where she was presented with the “Fierce and Fearless Award.” Her speech sparked much-needed conversation not only in Black Hollywood but among average everyday people. By her own admission Gabrielle spoke on the fact that at one point in her life she relished in the negativity that other actresses of color received from the media and the public. It was her speech that prompted media mogul Oprah Winfrey to do a special on her show “Oprah’s Next Chapter” spotlighting a few of Black Hollywood’s favorite actresses, Gabby being one of them. Throughout the special she discusses how at one point she was not simply acting when she played a role that required her to be “the mean girl” she was truly that girl. The more in-depth she got, the more my mouth dropped and tears began to form. I wasn’t crying because I was sad, I was crying because I was coming to the realization that I too have and at many times am that very same girl.
“Real fearless and fierce women complement other women and we recognize and embrace that their shine in no way diminishes out light that it actually makes our light shine brighter”.