… thinks she can warn the stars.
A writer is essentially a spy.
Dear love, I am that girl.” —Anne Sexton, The Black Art
I am able & willing to accept love. Especially from myself.
I am just as worthy as any other person.
I have grown beyond my expectations. I will continue to grow.
I am doing fine.
Cosigned and self-affirmed.
- Blind Person: Can there be anything worse than losing eye sight?
- St. Anthony: Yes, losing your vision!
Bite it like a blackberry,
Have it erupt into my mouth,
Would it taste like love?
would it burst into my lips,
Slither to every limb,
Whispering to all my bones
“he loves you” —Peyton A. Singh
- Jay: If I needed would you give me ya kidneys?
- Fox: Fa sho'.
- Jay: Catch a case, you catch it wit' me?
- Fox: Fa sho.'
- Jay: Pawn ya jewelry to come get me?
- Fox: You better know.
- Jay: Catch me wit' a chick, you wit' me?
- Fox: Now that, iono.
- June: You never had feelings for someone you slept with?
- June's Roommate: Slept with? Honey, if you're sleeping, he's clearly doing something wrong.
Black women get attacked because we’re there. We’re visible. We aren’t going anywhere. And we are willing to entertain our faults. We are willing to discuss. We are invested in our families and communities and each other, so we show up, whether we want to be there or not, out of communal pride and obligation. We’ll raise our kids. We’ll raise OTHER people’s kids. We’ll put everyone through college and let grandpa set up his hospital bed in the living room. We’ll support you when you’re a community organizer. We’ll support you when you’re President of the United States. We’ll have your children, raise them, then get into a lengthy debate about whether or not we’re fat because we’re A) trying to keep the President of the United States interested in our sexy or B) because we don’t want to sweat out our perms.
We’ll have the conversation because we care. We read. We organize. We show up. Even if we hate the conversation. Even if we’re sick of it. Black women are ride-or-die for whatever the hell this is. Their family. Their career. Their sorority. Their neighborhood. Their church. If you go missing, you better hope some black women come looking for you, call Al Sharpton and organize a search, otherwise you’re just S-O-L. Everyone hates a black woman until they need one. That’s just how it goes. Come rescue me so as you’re saving my life I can complain about the quality of this rescue. Did you HAVE to come get me with that do-rag on your head? I know you just wear it so when you go to work your hair will look “nice,” but still, that’s really taking me out of the moment as you save my life. I can’t concentrate on the life saving while worrying about you securing moisture on your hair through a synthetic scarf.
But please wear that scarf. If your hair looks bad, that will take me out of it too. Just be perfect. Why can’t you do that, black woman? Damn.” —An excerpt from Black Woman: It’s All Your Fault (But Not That You Care) by Danielle C. Belton