Black Don’t Crack: But How Do You REALLY Feel About Aging?

As WOC we are familiar with the famous phrase, “Black Don’t Crack”! — but how do you think we as a culture really process and embrace that concept?

Whether we crack or don’t crack, (which usually we don’t), wouldn’t it be a blessing regardless, to age and obtain new wisdom, continued purpose and more opportunities to experience life? — We look around today and there are so many “beauty” enhancement tools and services such as “Botox” and other skin-tightening treatments. It sparks the question: if we are truly proud to age gracefully and content with embracing that natural process, then why do we attempt to hide or even reduce that process visually? — When it comes to the motive behind some of these enhancements, it’s not even so much about preserving our actual lives, but more-so about looking/appearing younger.

How do you think society would begin to shift if “aging” was embraced more as an honor and if it was represented more boldly in a visual way? — If more WOC allowed their grays to go gray, and focused less on bodily and skin perfection.

Image from “What long hairstyles look best on older women?” We retrieved this tip: Natural Curly Long Gray Hair. If you choose to rock your natural curls, your main task is to tame the frizz and get your curl pattern revealed in all its beauty. While a longer hairstyle works towards the first goal by weighing the locks down, African-American curls are naturally more fragile, and it usually gets worse with age. This is the reason to recommend quarterly haircuts for older women with long hair, and protective hairstyles including various braids, twists, and buns.

“Asian countries like China, Korea, and Japan put a high priority on the elderly. They teach their children to honor, respect, and provide care for the aging. China even has a law that requires children to care for their elderly relatives, and violators can be fined or imprisoned. Some believe that the long, healthy lives many Japanese lead are due to their natural diets.” — living

“Mediterranean and Latin families also value aging, committing themselves to taking care of their family members, often under one roof. Multiple generations live together. Not always so in North America. We have embraced the idea of individualism and self-sufficiency to such an extreme that our families have suffered.” — living

“We all encounter the elderly on a daily basis, and though they may not have material needs, they, just like us, have emotional ones. Rather than gaze at the beauty of youth that is often only skin deep, let us look deeper for the beauty within—that which is eternal.” — living

Health is essential, but looking young is another story, especially when it involves surgical procedures, chemicals, medications and things that were not designed to help our bodies grow and prosper.

We’ve collected a few NATURAL skincare tips, as well as healthy foods to eat to preserve life, but the goal is to see the BEAUTY regardless of the signs of aging. It is a major milestone to reach adulthood these days, let alone middle-aged and senior years. — It’s is imperative to the culture that we continue to shape the minds of future generations and empower their images of self. We want them to continue the values of RESPECT for the elders and cherish the journey of longevity in life, both mentally and physically.