Viola, Traumatic Slave Syndrome, First discussed on Oprah's SuperSoul Conversations

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I felt you know you have that you know. Get an education. You gotta go to the top school. You have to look a certain way. And so i didn't know that it was something that was already in me and there was something about putting on that padding and swishing my hips in the room and telling that ban. It's what i say. What i say goes and my listen to your heart. Model listens to the voice inside of her. This something about playing ma that became an affirmation for viola. Because i've always been the shy girl but there is a feeling when you reach a certain position where i met at that. There is a power that you need to harness and my helped me to harness the viola power that feeling that i deserve to be in the room the feeling that i deserve all that i received in my life because i worked for it. I came away from watching performance thinking first of all in awe of what it took you to do it. And my sincere deep belief that you had brought her to life through your immersion into her and also just like i just thought about all the black women of that time and what it would take to be the kind of woman who could say you going. Give me my money absolutely and that is where we come from and we come from that. That's the stuff we come from. Yeah we do. We come from that zone of history. We coming from a history where black women were chattel. Yeah and if you read joyce guys post traumatic slave syndrome. All of that is rooted in our past. They'll get over it this strong off. They may have been traumatized in the past but they're like animals they just recovered very very fast. I'm sure that ma that that was her. Every day. your worth and who you are was defined by a system that didn't recognize you as a human being. So then how.

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