When You Don’t Feel Pretty

Honestly, I haven’t felt pretty in a while. And it’s not something I’m looking to get pity from. I can encourage other women by telling them they’re beautiful and they’re worth it but sometimes I can’t do the same for myself. I haven’t looked in a mirror and felt completely beautiful or said to myself…

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Growth

I’m not going to paint a perfect picture. An album of beautifully crafted still lives haunt my computer screen and my thoughts. The experience, the moment, was the hardest thing I ever had to do (in my young adult life, that is). Four months in a foreign land felt like K.O.s to the old me.…

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Discovering Melanin

Imagine. Just for a second. You were born into a family of giants and you, well, you were just normal. That is my dilemma. Not exactly, though. I know height probably doesn’t compare to something as sensitive as skin tone in the black community. But it is something that a person cannot change. In my…

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Does. My. Blackness. Offend. You.

  On a scale of one to ten, how black am I? Does that make me offend more or less? If I am loud does it make me ghetto? If I like my hair in braids does it make me hood? If I speak with a certain slang and added neck rotation does it automatically…

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Journeys and Celebrations

Specifically the black females’ crown. the natural sister the relaxer sister the braids and weaves sister the shave it all off – crown and glory sister the dread lock sister And more than likely two or more of people who identify with these groups intersect. We African Americans have so much diversity and culture, just…

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