My name is Diamond and I write the blog blackoutloud. I want to vent on topics that are related to being Black, folks of color, Negro, colored, African-American or however you want to describe yourself and living in America. I am a mother, grandmother, aunt, niece, cousin and recently a great-grandmother as well as Black. Black is the way I describe myself.
Motherhood came early in my teens and I still graduated from high school. And, I must give praise to those along the way who believed in me and supported me during the struggle for my bachelor degree. Fortunately, I come from an extended family that believes in supporting each other and promoting education as a tool for success. I can’t say my immediate family members are on board with the idea education is the way but I keep promoting it whether they are taking it to heart or not.
I live in a Black community where there are plenty of joys as well as plenty of tears. I can afford to live in the suburbs but prefer to be around my people. There is nothing like a Black church on Sunday morning or a Black hair salon on Saturday and I can’t leave out the joy my people bring to my life on a daily basis. Not to say they don’t have their troubles and woes but we feel each other. I love my folks and want them to succeed as well as survive as a people.