Writing Black

I am black-ish
Nah I am black
Everything else is just liner notes.

I am a writer
Since age 10  I decided this
was my true passion in my life.

Shy girls must find their place

I wrote because I couldn’t speak
Afraid of my own voice
Ink against paper just seemed quite right.

So if I am black
and if I am a writer,
does that make me
a “black writer”?

I write about race,
My race writes
are the two always the same?

Throw in gender,
I become your token to say,
“Yes we care about diversity”
“Our black female writer
writes about race AND gender”

This little black girl started to write
Because it felt good.
It felt good not to feel invisible
Even if those words were just
written in notebooks no one opened up.

Race was discussed, but mere questions

To be black and to be a writer
you have to learn how you’ll
describe yourself
How do I find my space                                                                                                                                     to be dedicated to my people
without being under the guise of
whiteness?

How do I find any spaces where                                                                                                                 the color of my skin                                                                                                                                           is of importance,
but not the center of the universe?

My dedication is to my people,
yet my passions linger in other
corners, cracks, and windowsills.

I am black
And I am a writer
A black writer
Who is writing black.

 

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msbroadcastkid

A writer of headlines, journalist, and part-time poet. Earning a B.A in Journalism with a concentration in both Broadcast and Political Science at SUNY Purchase, I've had the amazing experience of discovering my hatred for politics can become a solid career one day. No one really loves how dirty politics can be, but someone has to decode the glamour for what it really is. It's the social issues that really heats my engine. Education, Women's Rights, Environmental Issues, Rights for People of Color, Poverty, LGBT Rights, International Relations, are just some of the many causes I'm passionate about. Besides politics and social policies, I love discussing topics all young people love: music, films, TV shows, books, and much more. If you can talk about the Foo Fighters or Arrested Development we probably can be great friends. There's only so much I can say about myself here, so hopefully my blog will speak for itself. Currently I'm a Headline Writer for Social Media at Al Jazeera America. I reside in Brooklyn in a too small apartment off the L train.

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