Gabrielle Union delivers emotional speech about being fierce & fearless

 

{by Yetta}

Earlier this year actress Gabrielle Union attended Essence’s 6th Annual Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon where she received the “Fierce and Fearless” Award.  Always a trend-setter, she was dressed in a green vintage Versace dress with an Oroton clutch, but talking about fashion was not part of her script that evening.

Instead she talked about her insecurities and how, for many years, she pretended to be fierce and fearless.

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“We live in a town that rewards pretending. I had been pretending to be fierce and fearless for a very long time. I was a victim masquerading as a survivor. I stayed when I should have run. I was quiet when I should have spoken up. I turned a blind eye to injustice instead of having the courage to stand up for what’s right. I used to shrink in the presence of other dope beautiful women. I used to revel in gossip and rumors, and I lived for the negativity inflicted upon my sister actresses or anyone who I felt whose shine diminished my own.”

How many times in our own lives can we own up to wearing a mask and pretending to portray something we authentically didn’t feel?  Her speech was heartfelt, honest and showed a vulnerability that hopefully freed other women that night and gave them just a little bit of courage to break down some of their walls.

The conclusion and highlight of her speech thanked those who have supported her even though she may not have given the same in return.

“So many of us in this room are sisters. We don’t always get to see each other and its good to see you here today. Women who we’ve laughed with, cried with, and struggled with, thank you for not turning your back on me, thank you for not tap dancing on my misery, even when I wasn’t always returning the favor.”

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Her heartfelt acceptance speech elevated other women and gave them permission to reassess those areas in their lives where they can finally lower their mask and live a life that’s rich.

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GABRIELLE’S FULL SPEECH

We live in a town that rewards pretending. I had been pretending to be fierce and fearless for a very long time. I was a victim masquerading as a survivor. I stayed when I should have run. I was quiet when I should have spoken up. I turned a blind eye to injustice instead of having the courage to stand up for what’s right. I used to shrink in the presence of other dope beautiful women. I used to revel in gossip and rumors, and I lived for the negativity inflicted upon my sister actresses or anyone who I felt whose shine diminished my own.

It’s easy to pretend ‘to be fierce and fearless because living your truth takes real courage. Real fearless and fierce women admit mistakes and they work to correct them. We stand up and we use our voices for things other than self promotion. We don’t stand by and let racism and sexism and homophobia run rapid on our watch. Real fearless and fierce women complement other women and we recognize and embrace that their shine in no way diminishes our light and that it actually makes our light shine brighter.

So many of us in this room are sisters. We don’t always get to see each other and its good to see you here today. Women who we’ve laughed with, cried with, and struggled with, thank you for not turning your back on me, thank you for not tap dancing on my misery, even when I wasn’t always returning the favor.

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