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Personal Essay + Poetry

High School Musical: But make it black

  I remember watching Disney Channel when I was younger and building my perception of high school from there…everyone was separated into groups: the jocks and cheerleaders, the nerds, the artists, etc. People would get shoved into lockers and there was always that one bully who would come and try to steal your lunch money. I […]

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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

Mummy’s little Girl

3:00, The mirror is my enemy, it is my hurt, it is my pain because when I see it, I see you, the woman who caused all the bloodshed and pain, the woman who caused a life of misery. To you I am your forgotten shadow, something for you to project your buffoonery on. 6:00, […]

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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 […]