I know I'm late to the table on this one, but when I saw rumors of Amber Riley leaving Glee, I decided to check in on her. Of course, she's not leaving Glee, but she is taking better care of herself, and her fans have been so very supportive.
One of the reasons I decided to zero in on Amber Riley is that I read another excellent response to the "Black women are fat" meme in which various pages and grassroots groups are highlighted. Amerikkka would like to pretend that Black women are fat, lazy, irresponsible, and not doing anything about our health. This article shatters that myth beautifully.
Also, for all our actresses and singers who are too big and who do need to lose weight...how many of them have to shed pounds before the rest of Amerikkka gets with the program? After being diagnosed with diabetes, Missy Elliot buckled down and shed the pounds.
Queen Latifah shed the pounds.
Monique shed the pounds.
Uh, remember Star Jones?
And now...Amber Riley.
No, these women did not become skinny, and they didn't have to. They got healthy. So where were the armies of tabloids and bloggers when these women were shedding the pounds? How come the obese-Black-women-do-shed-pounds story never quite seems to make the cut? Tracye McQuirter is a Black vegan author (By Any Greens Necessary) - why doesn't she have a cooking show or a high profile book tour?
Bar patrons, do you see where I'm going with this?