I encourage every black woman to reassess her definition of beauty. The modern media feed black women’s insecurities by promoting beauty standards which make them want to alter their natural hair, skin color and other physical attributes. Do not fall for that.
Wise King Solomon had 1000 beauties in his harem. There were women from all over the Mediterranean there. But the only erotic love song written in The Bible and by King Solomon was written in praise of the beauty of a black woman he had fallen in love with.
In Songs of Solomon 1:5, Solomon writing in the first person said “I am black, but comely, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, as the tents of Kedar, as the curtains of Solomon”.
Today, when you use the word ‘fair’ it denotes something of a pale or light complexion. But that has not always been the case. King Solomon wrote thus of his black love “thou art fair, my love; behold, thou art fair; thou hast doves’ eyes”.
The original meaning of ‘fair’ was something beautiful or attractive.
Black is beautiful. Do not take it from me. Take it from the wisest mortal man that ever lived besides Yeshu’a (Jesus).
From the top of her head to the tip of her toe, the black woman is beautiful beyond measure.
Where Helen of Troy moved Prince Paris’ heart, it took a black woman to move King Solomon’s heart. What does that mean? It means black women are for for Kings and should be in palaces.
And those who think that King Solomon’s attraction to a black woman was a fluke may want to consider his relationship with the Queen of Sheba whose visit to him was recorded in 1 Kings Chapter 10.
Though it is not specifically stated in The Bible, the people of modern day Ethiopia believe that when 1 Kings 10:13 says “King Solomon gave the queen of Sheba all she desired and asked for, besides what he had given her out of his royal bounty. Then she left and returned with her retinue to her own country”, this included a conception of a royal child between King Solomon and Sheba.
In fact, the last proper King of Ethiopia, Emperor Haile Selassie I, was acknowledged to be of the Solomonic dynasty.
Haile Selassie’s official title as Emperor of Ethiopia was “The Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah, His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie I, King of Kings of Ethiopia, Elect of God”.
Up to that point, every emperor of Ethiopia had to be able to trace their lineage to Menelik I, who according to Ethiopian tradition was the child of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba.
Whether or not this apocrypha legend common in Ethiopia and the Middle East is true, the fact remains that the only such visit which the Bible chooses to record for Solomon is the visit of a Black African Queen from Ethiopia.
From the foregoing, it is clear that not only does the Bible record Black women as beautiful and attractive, it is also obvious that the Bible records them as being important.
Black women must hold that truthful image of themselves in their mind’s eye and not let it slip from their consciousness.
In doing so, black women will be able to resist and overturn the subliminal messages from the media which makes them feel that they have to remake themselves into the image of beauty served up to them on a regularly basis in order to be truly beautiful.
And it is not just King Solomon that appreciated the beauty of the black woman.
The greatest Law Giver this world has ever known was enamored by a black woman.
In Hebrew he is known as Moshe, in Arabic he is known as Musa and in English he is called Moses.
What many people do not know is that Moses’ wife was black. Yes!
Moses was a Prince of Egypt. He had taste. He had class. He would not just go for any woman. He went for the best! This is not something to psyche black women up. This is fact.
Numbers 12:1 reads “Miriam and Aaron spake against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married: for he had married an Ethiopian woman”.
When the Old Testament of the King James Version uses the term Ethiopia or Ethiopian, it is actually talking about Black Africa.
When the Old Testament of the King James Version wants to refer to the nation known today as Ethiopia, it uses the term ‘Sheba’.
In fact, other translations, such as the NIV and the NLT use the word Cush or Cushite in place of Ethiopia or Ethiopian. For those who do not know, Cush is the original name for Black Africa.
In fact, the word Cush means black in Hebrew.
The New International Version (NIV) renders Numbers 12:1 thus “Miriam and Aaron began to talk against Moses because of his Cushite wife, for he had married a Cushite”.
And so that you would understand that the term Ethiopian in the Old Testament means a black person the prophet Jeremiah wrote in Jeremiah 13:23 thus “can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots?”
The point of bringing out this information from the Old Testament is because both Christianity and Islam hold the Old Testament as a sacred Scripture from God.
Most of the world’s black women are either Christians or Muslims.
So, if a book which most of our women hold as sacred tells them they are beautiful, who is that person or media that will tell them otherwise?
The Bible says you are beautiful. You can take that to bank. In fact you can take that to heaven!
Reno Omokri is the pastor of the Mind of Christ Christian Center and the author of Shunpiking: No Shortcuts to God and the soon to be released Why Jesus Wept.
The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author.