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Personal Essay + Poetry

The Ballad of a Black Girl & Her Friends

A black girl with black friends in the suburbs Have you ever heard a tale so sweet? What divine hand of fate permitted it so That these black girls could all meet? —t’was as rare as a comet passing She met a black girl who was idealistic yet grounded And one who liked to keep […]

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Personal Essay + Poetry

The Shame of Not Fitting Into the ‘Strong Black Woman’ Archetype

All my life I’ve been quiet. Like the textbook introvert, I only felt comfortable to fully express myself around people I was close to. My mode of operation is to just sit here and eat my food, observing until something piques my interest. But as I got older, I found myself in situations that most […]