The chick who knew she could do all bad by herself, but really didn’t want to.
She was optimistic, not easily broken, and always made a way when there didn’t seem to be one.
For the most part, these were all just characters, but each one was special and had something very similar in common: They were fighters and they always saw things through.
Somehow, I always felt like, fundamentally, those were Teraji’s personal values, and so, to me, it’s no surprise that she's become this diamond in the ruff, so to speak.
Throughout the years, I was losing faith in Hollywood and the media all together as they gravitated towards insta-sensations, trying to engrave the standard of beauty into our minds, while simultaneously shunning black women for simply looking like themselves.
I’d questioned the amount of roles that were available, wondering where my favorite actresses had gone, and if I’d ever see someone on tv that looked and felt like me again. Just like a fairy God Mother, it would almost be as though the Television Diversity God’s heard me, and BOOM- I’d see a sista on prime time or in the box office. Teraji was right there, in the mix, sometimes low-key, but always consistent.
She was always going to be herself.
She made it clear and known that just because you may have recently discovered her(coughs: white america), or Cookie, doesn’t mean that she failed to exist beforehand.
And No matter what paparazzi camera was flashing at the grocery store, or what man she was said to be dating, she was not about to wear make up, just to please someone else, or claim a man that wasn’t stepping up to the plate, especially if he didn’t deserve to be claimed.
That though her roles may have gotten larger, and her characters a bit more complex, when it’s all said and done, she’s just a girl from DC, with a Howard Degree, who had a dream and went for it-no matter how long it looked like it would take.
That you can’t count the underdog out.
That beauty is not just about the exterior, but the inner confidence that can’t be measured or questioned.
I end this with a shout out to my imaginary big sis and all that she is, reminding us that we don't have to be anything that we are not, and that we will be rewarded for everything that we are, if we just see it through.