For years, society has tried to persuade blacks that we are only beautiful and accepted if we look a certain way or of a certain complexion. Historically, we have learned that the lighter complected African Americans were house slaves, while those of a darker complexion were field slaves. Then you have the term “Creole” which refers to those who are of African, French, Native American and/or Spanish descent, which also results in a lighter complexion and has caused a divide amongst Louisiana blacks. Then, take a look at popular black movies such as School Daze, which featured many scenes highlighting how blacks view each other in regards to this same battle of dark skin vs. light skin. I can go on and on about how this colourism has and continues to affect black people, but let’s delve into that sensitive subject another day, shall we?
Today, I want to shine the spotlight on a Cleveland music artist who goes by the name of Mookie Mo’Tonio and is a lover of all things black, especially black women. According to Mo’Tonio, “The media has painted this picture of us for so long and we need not to feed into that trap.”
So what did he do about this flawed painting that society and media is trying to create? He changed the damn painting and his canvas? Well his canvas is his music. Mookie dropped a track called “Black is Beautiful” and this song warmly illustrates how beautiful black really is.
Black woman is queen, the blood flows through her genes. It doesn’t matter if you light, dark or just in between.
Mookie Mo’Tonio, Cleveland born and bred, has been rapping since the age of 12; however, he decided to become an entertainer upon high school graduation. He has always been into his African American culture and uses his talents to advocate for the many issues that he’s passionate about.
When I first heard this track, I was in the car, listening to the radio. I had no clue that it was a local artist. Immediately, I messaged the DJ that played the track on air (luckily, I knew him personally), asking who the artist was and the name of the track; I had to hear it again. Mo’Tonio caught my ear with the first verse, starting with his own rendition of the popular Tupac line, “They say the blacker the berry, the sweeter the juice. The darker the flesh then the deeper the roots…”
If you can start a song off with lines from one of my favorite Tupac songs and your track continues to do great things to my ears, then I am sold and become a believer. That day, Mookie Mo’Tonio made me a believer…as he reassured me that my black is beautiful. I hope you all enjoy this creative black anthem brought to you by Cleveland’s own.
…as far as Black America, I see progress from unity to our queens becoming natural again. Nothing changes over night but as far as society goes, we just can’t get caught up in propaganda.
His website is coming soon!