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.

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

Idris Elba says he’s proud of his heritage and the strength we have that keeps us climbing despite the world pushing against us. Check out the video above.

Pretty. Witty. Girly. Worldly. One who likes to party, but comes home early. I got stories to tell. Prince (yes, that Prince) called me excellence. Achievement unlocked.

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