Amber Rose is pretty awesome. She recently went to Ghana to talk to school girls about women’s empowerment. She got shit for it from a few places, but shot back on her blog. Here’s an excerpt:
Why wouldn’t I speak to those girls? I AM West African just like them, I grew up poor just like them, most of those girls quit school to take care of their families JUST LIKE I DID. So how the hell do they not relate to my life and I theirs??? Talking to those young girls wasn’t a job for me feeding those kids wasn’t a job for me it wasn’t for publicity and I didn’t get paid to do it. I went there cuz I LOVE to help ppl. I DON’T want a pat on the back for shit that I do from my heart or even a thank u it was my blessing to go out to Ghana it is a second home for me now and it changed my life FOREVER!
People shouldn’t be ripped on when trying to help. And I think people just immediately jump to the ‘its for publicity’ reaction without giving it a moment’s thought are being cyncial for the sake of being cynical. Or maybe they personally can’t see any other reason why someone would do such a thing as make the enormous effort to help another. And it’s interesting she thinks she needs to prove a ‘connection’ with these girls (she’s West African, grew up poor etc) to legitimise why she helped. It shouldn’t matter one bit, whether you feel a connection or not. They’re human too. There’s your connection.
PS. I found out about this from a cool site called OkayAfrica with the tagline ‘Giving you true notes since 247,000BC.’