Milkshake singer Kelis spoke at The Glow Up festival in Atlanta where she talked about what she considers to be safe spaces and their importance in life. And for her that includes a circle of black people around her to include health professionals and business managers. “I have a Black female OB. I have a Black female business manager. She’s here. I have a Black — you know one of my managers is a Black woman. Like for me, that for me is a safe space.”
She went on to say, “I need to be able to know that when I call you about my business, about my child, about whatever it is that I’m talking to someone who speaks my language for real. Because they know that if I win, we all win. It can’t be the other way around. It wasn’t designed to be that way. So for me that’s the safe space. I want people around me who look like me, who talk like me. That’s what I want. That’s what makes me feel good.”
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This is something that can best be explained in living through the era of Black Lives Matter and even say the Black Panthers for previous generations. When microaggressions happen and you have to stop to explain community issues with people in your circle who might not be on the same page with you on the most basic of issues, it can be frustrating. So it is completely understandable that she would set her circle up like this. It’s something I can definitely relate to from experience.