Shakira on the cover of Faze Magazine!
Love her or hate her, we need more Shakiras in the world. Not because of her good looks but because of the way she has embraced her heritage and proudly weaves it into the fabric of her music. She is proud of who she is.
Too often we try to hide who we are. We attempt to ‘fit in’ by blending in; we try to be like everyone else and unfortunately can lose sight of who we are.
We all talk about being real – so let’s do it! More than just being proud of our heritage we have to be proud of who we are. We’ve got to stop wearing what everyone else is wearing and stop saying what everyone else is saying!
By introducing us to Middle-Eastern music, Shakira makes us comfortable with it. The more comfortable we become, the more open and accepting we become of not only the music but of the culture and of the people as well.
We must all help to develop an understanding of what we do not know. We can no longer laugh or make fun of each other because of our differences; it is a sure sign of our ignorance.
We must build tolerance through understanding one person at a time – starting with ourselves.
Lorraine is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Faze Magazine
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