Drawing Divas

Jessica Cornute

My drawing represents the things I want to see in the world and what is being presented now through media and real life. I drew two completely different women as one human being  which I state them as “different roots of the same tree”. The stiletto throne is a line I heard from a video poem from Brave New Voices. The subject is AMBER Alert a program that was formed after a 9- year-old girl named Amber Ferguson who was kidnapped and stabbed in mid October. Miss Ariana claims that the AMBER Alert is for Caucasian people. But I think that they should look for us too, and just the same way as whites.

The media wants us black women to be a jezebel,  that I’m suppose to be a ghetto person. The media also want me to fight on response of every harsh word or comment. That I’m supposed to be a young mother and that I have to be a drug addict.

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Kathyrn Trout

When I’m drawing I’m in my own world. I can do what I want to. It’s all about me and no one else. I love being an artist. I drew this black girl angel and I named her Sophia because it’s a sweet sounding name and she is a foil to Sapphire.  She has angelic qualities. She has colorful wings so she can be whatever she wants.

She has the beautiful traits of any ordinary person. And she has a nice flowing robe to show elligance. And she is smiling to show that she is not the side smiling bad tempered loud mouthed woman that we as black women are portrayed as. Showing that even though we are black not all of us black women will go black on you unless you make us . We are the bad name (in some cases) that the media portrays us as. We are not how they make us seem. All black women are great. There was a black male president and there will be a black female president.

A drawing by Kathryn Stout

A drawing by Kathryn Stout

Tahleigha Burke

I drew the Sapphire so-called ghetto stereotype—because that’s how people see us when we aren’t really that way. It’s just how we appear.  Black women may like to dress a certain way but that doesn’t mean that people should see us as nothing. For example: When I was in 1stgrade, this little  white girl asked me “Why am I smarter than you?” I was like what do you mean. And she said, “My mommy said white people are smarter than Black people.” I said what do you mean? And she said, “My mother thinks whites are smarter than Blacks.”  I said that’s not true.  She said “why were you in slavery”? I said well, I don’t know.  But I know it’s not true that whites are smarter than Blacks.  She said,“My mom said you are Black dirt.” Then we started calling each other names.

The reason why I drew the first figure is to show the stereotype that has been put on black women. The other image is showing what I as an African American girl show and how we should approach in a mannerly sophisticated way with class.

Tahleigha Burke's "Sapphire"

Tahleigha Burke’s “Sapphire”

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