Why I Write

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“Growing up, I wished that I would become someone else—anyone else. Often teased for my darker complexion and tighter curls, I struggled for many years with my appearance and self-acceptance. In college, I became enchanted with the notion of “radical self-love.” I began writing and performing spoken word poetry to share my story with audiences all over the country. Onstage, I empower black girls to realize our beauty, resilience, and unbounded potential. I am vocal about my vulnerabilities so young girls don’t suffer in silence; I speak my truth to total strangers so women feel heard, I write my heart so others become free. In inspiring others, I have also been able to begin healing myself. I continue to give commencement speeches, keynote addresses, and develop student organizations centered around self-love, determination, and the radical transformation when the two are brought together.”