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Here’s the Tea

April 11, 2022

Here’s the Tea: 2022 is the year for Black women

By Iana Fields | For The Post

Black women are the backbone of the United States. Is this hard to believe? Well, the most recent example is the 2020 election where Black women helped President Joe Biden secure his win. And even though this is one example among many, Black women still are belittled and made the butt of a joke. Despite Chris Rock making an uncalled for joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s hair during this past weekend’s Academy Award ceremony, Black women are making 2022 their most successful year.

If Black women thought the most exciting thing for them would be having Vice President Kamala Harris as the first Black person and woman in the second highest position of power, they were mistaken. Last week, the United States Senate confirmed Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court, making her the first ever Black woman to serve on the highest court in the land. Her confirmation means that four women simultaneously serve on the Supreme Court for the first time ever. Supreme Court Judge Jackson is an inspiration to all, as she gracefully responded to the aggressive questioning of GOP senators, maintaining her composure.

In addition to Black women moving up into positions of power, they are leaving their mark in the entertainment industry. Most notably is Lizzo, who came out with her reality television show, “Lizzo’s Watch Out for the Big GRRRLS,” on Amazon Prime Video, in which 13 women compete to be he back-up dancers. Besides her new show, Lizzo most recently announced a shapewear line called Yitty. Both of these serve to encourage body positivity, as different body types are represented on Lizzo’s reality show, and her new clothing line will feature sizes from 6X to XS.

Even here at Ohio University, Black women are leading the way. In the recent Student Senate election, junior Dayna Shoulders won the presidential vote. Trinity Robinson was elected treasurer, and Alexis Thomas was elected senator for the Gladys W. and David H. Patton College of Education.

Black women are putting themselves at the forefront of conversations. They are making a name for themselves and creating a seat at the table. Black women are making sure their voices are heard and are doing it proudly. They are serving as an inspiration to all, as they are witnessing these moments and realizing that they are worthy. Black women can do anything, and 2022 is their year.

Iana Fields is a senior studying English creative writing at Ohio University. Please note that the views and opinions of the columnists do not reflect those of The Post. Want to talk to Iana? Tweet her @FieldsIana.

AUTHOR: Iana Fields
EDITOR: Mikayla Rochelle
COPY EDITOR: Anna Garnai