Future First: A Short Film By LAMBB

Growing up, I always felt insecure about my hair for so many reasons, but these days, I feel happy about my hair.
I'm not ashamed to leave my afro hair out - I have had it out for special occasions and I even had out for my graduation - but I love getting my hair braided as well.

I recently watched a short film by Look At My Black Beauty (aka LAMBB), which is all about reclaiming our braids and standing out in a world that tries to tear black women down. You can view the film below.

The film is short but succinct and straight to the point. As a black woman, living in a world like this is challenging so I have always felt as though I have no choice but to be strong and resilient. But it's nice to watch a film like this that speaks out to me and says 'it's okay to embrace who you are and to feel a sense of softness and a sensual touch to your personality.'

Embracing yourself - as a black woman - is one of the main themes of the film. Growing up, I always felt invisible but I always believe that no matter what, we all have a special place in the world, and black women aren't the exception to that. We have a right to reclaim our place and not feel afraid to take up space, and the film highlights this very well. We have the right to embrace and reclaim our hairstyles and our identities.

Future First showcases unity and a sisterhood. In society, women are often pitted against each other. There is the notion that women must compete against one another and only one (black) woman can win at a time. However, this is not true, as the film shows. Black women can take a stand together against society's expectations and form a united front.

All in all, Future First is an artistic interpretation of black braids and cornrows. It is an empowering account of how black women can be (and will be) fearlessly authentic and true to themselves and to live unapologetically in their truth. It's about showcasing black beauty and the strength that comes with that.

“Black women have throughout history been silent leaders - leaders who built
mansions from bricks but were denied credit. Today though, women are no longer asking for a seat at the table, we are demanding it.”
LAMBB Co-founder and director, Naomi Grant

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