An Ode To 'Vintage' Black Women

Deon Cole says he loves “vintage” Black women, but do they love being called vintage?

When Deon Cole and Leslie Jones took the stage together at the "2024 NAACP Image Awards," anticipation for laughter filled the air, and they did not disappoint. Jones, with her trademark humor, couldn't resist poking fun at Cole, jokingly expressing her disappointment that he wasn't Forest Whitaker. Cole, ever quick-witted, seized the moment, acknowledging the timeless beauty of the women in attendance by playfully referring to them as "vintage."

The audience erupted in laughter as the camera panned to icons like the radiant Sheryl Lee Ralph and the ageless Octavia Spencer, who couldn't help but playfully react to Cole's banter. With his comedic charm, Cole continued to riff, teasing about the guests' penchant for sequins and acknowledging their ability to choose between full days and full nights.

While Cole's remarks may tread a fine line between humor and sensitivity, a deeper appreciation can be found. In celebrating Black women of a certain age as "vintage," Cole subtly acknowledges their resilience, wisdom, and enduring allure. It's a nod to the strength of those who have weathered the passage of time with grace and dignity.

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Indeed, being called "vintage" isn't just about age—it's a testament to a life richly lived, filled with experiences and achievements. It's a recognition of these women's invaluable contributions to their communities, families, and the world at large.

So here's to the Black women who defy age with their grace and vitality, who navigate the complexities of life with wisdom and resilience. To those who have blazed trails and shattered barriers, paving the way for future generations. Your strength, your wisdom, and your unwavering spirit are celebrated and cherished.

Thank you, vintage Black women, for being the pillars of strength and inspiration in our lives. You embody resilience, beauty, and wisdom, and it's no wonder that people like Cole are drawn to your warmth and authenticity. Here's to you—like a comforting home-cooked meal, you nourish our souls and remind us of the abundance that life has to offer. Cheers to the timeless elegance and enduring legacy of the vintage Black woman.

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