Sam @CUSP Conference 2015

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Barack Obama is our next president...What it means to me

Last night was absolutely one of the most amazing nights of my life! I felt so happy and proud to be a part of history as Barack Obama was nominated as our next President of the United States. Goodbye George!!!! Finallly!

For me, this election meant that anything is possible and dreams do come true. For a good portion of my life I lived according to what other people thought was best for me. There was a stigma attached to doing some of things I wanted to do like going to college and pursuing my dream, aggressively, to be a writer. The people in my life, as wonderful and fantastic as they are, aren't necessarily concerned with education and what it means when you are an artist and you have a dream. So, when I turned 21 I decided to utilize all the wonderful lessons I had learned from all the amazing people in my life and to always keep them with me. But, I began pursuing some of my creative ambitions like acting, singing and writing. And, when I did that, I was able to start building what I believe will eventually become a dream come true. I started doing plays, I did an independent film, I started writing for a couple of publications, I got my degree and I, for the first time in my life, felt talented and beautiful. Of course, there are moments when I feel like a failure, especially now because I have had some fabulous interviews i.e. for a fellowship, a producer job in a major market and some others and I didn't get any of them. I'm working a job that is literally to pay the bills, although it doesn't really pay the bills, and I am still waiting on an open door. But, Barack makes me feel like I can do anything. If a black man can be president in this country, then I can do something that has been done a million times-get a bookdeal and become a bestseller.

But, besides making me feel power, Obama as president means so much more to me. I thought of Dr. King and how he would've felt if he could wittness this moment and it brought me to tears. Black people were lynched, tortured and humiliated when fighting for their basic rights in this country. There was a time, not that long ago, when we couldn't even drink from the same water fountain as a white person and to look at the future first family and see all of these beautiful brown faces felt like a change was coming. It felt like my nephew, my cousins and my brother had a weight lifted off of their shoulders as black men. They all can look to this man and feel that anything is possible.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

George says, wait a minute, I still got 2 months left!

-KJH