We have a new video series here at The Root that we want to share with you all, and it’s called Black and Proud. We get the chance to chat with a lot of our favorite black celebrities, tastemakers and thought leaders, so we decided to ask them about their pride in being black.

Many of them talk about our resilience and strength throughout history, some talk about our undeniable talents, while 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.

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The beautiful Queen Sugar actor (and my personal bae) Kofi Siriboe says that being black is a blessing. And it’s no secret that he feels this way, especially because Siriboe constantly champions black women on his social media. Check out the video above to see what else makes him proud to rock his gorgeous melanin.