Overview-Life Of A Dangerous Black Girl

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For my almost 40 years of living, I have been told what I am not. I have been told so often what I am not that am not sure just how I made it through the forests of lies made for me to die in. There in an incredible sense of self that Black woman and girls have to develop to survive, and it is echoed through the word of Poet Laureate, Lucille Clifton in her poem Won’t You Celebrate With Me:

won’t you celebrate with me
what i have shaped into
a kind of life? i had no model.
born in babylon
both nonwhite and woman
what did i see to be except myself?
i made it up
here on this bridge between
starshine and clay,
my one hand holding tight
my other hand; come celebrate
with me that everyday
something has tried to kill me
and has failed.

This has never been so apt as it right now. In the face of aging, the thought of aging alone and still desiring to fight to love and self once more—all while protecting everything and everyone that is around you. This miniseries was born from the Facebook live of Bishop Talbert Swan from last week. In that live, he spoke about the need for some white folk to control what people do in spaces they don’t belong in! Speaking on things they neither participated, contributed to or sustain. In that space, with that certain, there was need in me to free myself of the expectations people whom do not know me, or may know me, that I may might find my whole self…again. And perhaps, you find yours as well.

The writer bell hooks said, no woman has ever written enough. So with that as my war cry, I write. From that freedom, may I guide you out of your forest of lies as well. Let the light come.