Have any of you all noticed that most of you black folks got gap teeth? What’s up with that?
Now you good people know that I love talking endlessly about black culture and black features and black ways and just everything black. Everything that comes to my mind that’s positive about being black in this world, that’s what I want to talk about!
And one day it occurred to me that there’s alot of us walking around here with gap teeth. Now this is considered a very beautiful trait on the Continent, and I knew someone who got in a fight and viewed getting his tooth knocked slightly loose as a good thing if he could keep the tiny gap that opened up! SMH (Unfortunately it closed back up on him)
But anyway, I consider gap teeth to be beautiful! My father had gap teeth and I remember that he had an interesting little ritual for lighting up a cigarette. First he’d search his pockets for the pack, take one out and set it between the gap in his teeth to hold it there. Then he searched his pockets for a match. There was something strange and cool about that to me. My aunt Mabel had a gap in her teeth too, until she got dentures. I have gaps in my teeth! For all my life, I didn’t like my teeth. I felt that the gap was only beautiful if it was only between the two front teeth. But I have decided to accept my smile for what it is, especially since I could never bring myself to pay for braces. Just tight-fisted is what it is.
Then there are those fortunate few that have a gap in their top and bottom front teeth!! I see that trait more often in people from the Continent rather than the Diaspora. Personally, I consider top and bottom gap teeth to be very beautiful as well. I believe Florida Evans of Good Times had gap teeth on the top and bottom like that.
Since it occurred to me that many of us are gap teeth, I started thinking of who in black celebrityland had gap teeth. So I did a photo search and found many black stars with gap teeth! Y’all, half of our black celebrities are walking around here with gap teeth! Unfortunately, in Hollywood this beauty trait is considered a flaw, and many black stars have had their teeth “fixed”, destroying the one thing that sets them apart and marks them with a certain character!
I respect those Hollywood stars whatever their race, who have kept their beautiful gap teeth, and their distinctive mark! Dave Letterman, anyone?
Anyway enjoy these pictures of beautiful people with beautiful gap teeth. There’s a lot!