Four Women…

I went to see the movie “For Colored Girls” Don’t let the movie title fool you; the movie is for women of ALL colours. The movie was based on a stage play entitled: “For Colored Girls Who have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf” by Ntozake Shange. The movie was deep, raw, disturbing yet real. What got me was the theme song by Nina Simone. “Four Women” great song, but leaves one feeling angry for what has been done to us as women.

All the names in this song stereotypes for women of their time period. Aunt Sarah is an elderly slave woman. Saffronia is a bi-racial girl who’s white dad raped a slave. Sweet Thing is a black prostitute from after slavery time. Peaches is your well as they say your typical “angry black woman” who’s life has been rough and she’s tough and bitter because of it.

As I played this song my heart broke for us as Women, and prayed that God would heal every Aunt Sarah, Saffronia, Sweet Thing, and every Peaches (the angry black women). Heal us from every pain and stereotypes of our past and today. Ladies, we are Gods Women and no matter what our past has been, today we are free! Free from the pain and shame of yesterday…free too love, live and be the women God has created us to be. Let us allow God to change our name and give us a new name.

Four Women: By Nina Simone

My skin is black
My arms are long
My hair is wooly
My back is strong
Strong enough to take the pain
Its been inflicted again and again
What do they call me
My name is aunt sarah
My name is aunt sarah

My skin is yellow
My hair is long
Between two worlds
I do belong
My father was rich and white
He forced my mother late one night
What do they call me
My name is siffronia
My name is siffronia

My skin is tan
My hairs alright, its fine
My hips invite you
And my lips are like wine
Whose little girl am i?
Well yours if you have some money to buy
What do they call me
My name is sweet thing
My name is sweet thing

My skin is brown
And my manner is tough
Ill kill the first mother I see
Cos my life has been too rough
Im awfully bitter these days
Because my parents were slaves
What do they call me
Peaches (Not anymore) I am black and strong, my name is OVERCOMER!


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