Black and Proud is a video series on The Root that focuses on the pride that our favorite black celebrities, tastemakers and thought leaders feel about being black. Many of them talk about our resilience and strength throughout history, while some talk about our undeniable talents, and others mention our dance skills, dopeness and more.

Whatever the reasoning, it’s clear that being black is an incredible experience despite society’s negative narratives around blackness.

The queen of Queen Sugar, Dawn-Lyen Gardner, sat down with The Root at the American Black Film Festival in Miami and almost couldn’t contain her excitement over how much she loves black people and how we manage to celebrate in a society that deems us unworthy. Check out the video above to see why she’s proud to be black.