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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

About Praise

Praise Osawaru is a writer, poet, content developer and entrepreneur-in-training. His works have appeared in Black Youth, Sprinng Literary Movement and Writers Space Africa. He was longlisted for African Writers Award 2019 and Shortlisted for The Zi Prize 2019. Follow him on Instagram/FB/Twitter @wordsmithpraise

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