BROOKLYN COLLEGE — The thesaurus defines blackness as the quality or state of being black. Blackness does not refer to the absence of light in a room, or a color worn to funerals; it refers to the color of skin. However, as for me, being aware of my blackness means understanding my roots and my history as a young black woman in this world. I consider blackness a component of identity because it is a part of who I am. Finis explains identity in terms of socio-demographic characteristics which include gender, age, and ethnic group. My blackness has a powerful impact on my identity because it allows me to have continuous confidence in myself and the things I have done and the things I will continue to do.