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Panel of Prairie View men define black beauty

By Amanda Leon
On March 21, 2013

On March 20, the My Black is Beautiful panel discussion was presented by the royal court at the student lounge in the Memorial Student Center at 7 P.M.
The panel discussion focused on the different characteristics the average black man on Prairie View A&M University's campus believes a black woman should possess.
The confident host of the event BriAna Franklin opened by asking the gentlemen to describe what black beauty means to them.
Panelist Brandon Woodson said, "I believe that black beauty is defined by the struggle. There is beauty in the struggle."
When the topic of dress codes was presented to the panelists, most agreed and even stressed the importance of each woman having one.
"Women should have a dress code. A code that may slightly differ, depending on the setting, but should uphold her standards," said panelist Orok Orok. "Women need to realize that dress code is a woman's responsibility. It displays her morals and ethics."
Over the years, within the black community, the struggle with defining beauty based on skin color and the way in which a woman wears her hair has become more common.
Panelists shared their preferences; some preferred light, dark, weave, natural, relaxed and various combinations in between.
Future pastor, Wesley Livingston went on to describe what a good woman means to him. Livingston placed specific emphasis on Proverbs 31 as being the standard by which a woman should measure herself.
Proverbs 31:10-12 says, "Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies. The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life."  

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