Who is AyeePrettyBlack?
Ayeeprettyblack originally stemmed from a friend of mine back in high school. It was my senior year at Westfield High School and everyday felt like a fashion show. I loved to dress up and whenever my friend Chris would see me in the hallway he never hesitated to look me up and down and see what I had put together. If he approved of my choices for the day he would say loud and proud, “Ayeeee! Pretty black!”. When it came time to pick a name when social media started booming from Myspace to Facebook, and the addition of Twitter and Instagram, the name just stuck.
As I got older and matured through wisdom and experiences, the meaning of the name took on a role much deeper. When I wrote poetry in college I would often refer to myself as “Imperfectlyblack”, and to me that represented my life, my story, and my journey. When I started to think of branding myself a few years later I was stuck between using my name, Kayla Princess, the name that had gained a social following “Ayeeprettyblack”, and starting fresh with something new. It almost felt like I was torn between who I was, the part of me that lied beneath the picture of perfection, and who I aspired to be.
I prayed about it for awhile and I decided to take a leap of faith and roll with that nickname that made me grin from ear to ear every time I heard my childhood friend sing it to the heavens. I put my pen to my paper, sketched out a logo, hired and awesome graphic designer I knew from college to bring it to life (Nicole! She is amazing, I’ll post her contact information below), created a website and here I am today.
AYEE! It just represents the excitement you feel, whether you’re listening to a hot new track, see a hot new trend, or receive an unexpected blessing (like that $30.00 I found when I cleaned out my purse/luggage this morning). It’s a response; a positive one.
PRETTY BLACK! It represents a confidence that is not only defined by what is on the outside but also within. It is a reminder that we are all beautiful even with our imperfections, our flaws, scars and war wounds.
Our skin wasn’t always seen as beautiful but “BLACK” not only represents where we have been and those hardships we have faced but also that undeniable melanin in our skin that people praise today. No matter what bad experiences we endure, it can never make us lose our light. Instead, we make that darkness beautiful by accepting it as an armor that we carry on us every day. We wear that armor gracefully as we continue to face life and it’s adversities with confidence and poise. We don’t have to be defined by our mistakes, because we our saved by God’s grace and how we handle those hard times is what makes us who we are.
So in a sense, Ayeeprettyblack means…
Happy and beautifully flawed.
Who is Ayeeprettyblack?
It’s where I’ve been,
It’s who I am,
It’s where I’m going,
and it’s who God is molding me and shaping me to be.
Ayeeprettyblack is you as well, because I firmly believe that there is an “Ayeeprettyblack” within us all.
“No matter what cards you’ve been dealt in life, you can still play a good game, and you can still win”.