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    Tuesday, 12 September 2017

    Editor's Pick | WHAT IF A BLACK GIRL KNEW? by Dylema


    What if a black girl knew?
    That she would be desired by others
    only if she desired herself
    That beauty is not a shade
    but a mindset
    And the best indicator of it is  self confidence
    As I talk some sense insert confidence...
    What if a black girl knew?
    That her lips were plump and beautiful
    She does not need to hold them in
    Make them thin
    Does not need to rely on Kylie Jenner to make her lips an attainable thing
    What if a black girl knew?
    That there is no such thing as a perfect nose
    Because a nose isn't meant to be perfect
    it's meant to help you breathe
    and if u can breathe black girl
    You've succeeded
    What if a black girl knew?
    That to be ratchet is a culture
    Defined by the black Goddesses who's weave could be any colour
    And who's speech could be any kind of cross from slang to misplaced grammar
    Such creativity so what does it matter?
    Miley Cyrus does not need to twerk to generate praise for our culture
    But...What if a black girl knew?
    Not to be bitter
    That her father, like her sons were raised by black hands
    And you see in your father what you eventually see in your man
    For the moulding of your father came from similar hands
    So if bitter is the sculptor then how sweet can be the man?
    If bitter is the black girl then how sweet can be our clan?
    What if a black girl knew?
    That her rubies where hidden in the sand...
    What if a black girl knew?
    her hair too was like finely refined wool
    And not a fibre of her hair was the opposite of cool
    but it reflects on our outside the struggle on the inside
    Where natural meets knewstraighteners that we take to our hatred
    Hatred for ourselves that we project upon each other
    But, what if a black girl knew?
    That history recorded her as the most sought after
    That her blossoms were like rain drops that wouldn't dry after
    That her body was a magnet to worldwide wonder
    and the jealousy was so great!
    It polluted the perception of a black girl
    until a thousand years later
    What if a black girl knew?
    She was that same creature
    That drove slave masters from wicked hate
    Right down to love by the curves in her figure eight!
    by that figure eight!
    Billion dollar figures in the bank account of that coke bottle corporation launched by the shape of that same figure,eight
    Figure out black girl, figure out
    The figures match the years of social degrading Delivered to the black girls demise
    check your figure's media ratings
    One thousand Caucasians on the red carpet only two black girls make the cut
    And they wonder why we can't grow
    Let me guess because there are more dark girls than Lupita Nyongo
    But, what if a black girl knew?
    That life is what you make it
    Opportunities are what you take from it
    And there will be no female black president if no black girl wants to become it
    What if a black girl knew?
    Not to be victim
    Not to be Pacquio but to be Floyd
    Because this may weather leaves sun rays on our lawn
    What if a black girl stopped waiting for the defeat to spring from our floors
    What if a black girl knew?
    That she should no longer take the abusive relationship
    Between her and the media
    but decided to make wedding bands Between her and her mirror
    What if a black girl knew?
    Change is possible
    Greatness is personal
    And though it is black girls at the bottom of the social totem poll
    Pressure makes diamonds
    So it's time black girls to make your diamonds glow.
    What if a black girl knew?
    What if a black girl knew?
    What if a black girl knew?
    What if a black girl knew?
    Knew?  Knew?  Knew?!
    ©Dylema

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