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Being stripped of our rights and everything we have ever loved / But even still, we remain the best creatures known to love,” writes VOX ATL staff writer Salena Cleveland, “Our black is beautiful. “

VOX Teen Poetry: ‘Black Is Beautiful’

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Stories of our birth from African queens like Amina and kings like Shaka Zulu
Knowledge of how we set the trends for fashion and entertainment, despite what we went through
Being stripped of our rights and everything we have ever loved
But even still, we remain the best creatures known to love
Our black is beautiful.

Taught to hate the dark skin we’re in to please another race
They tried to catch us slipping to shake their heads in disgrace
Calling us rude words hurt us but also made us so much stronger
In fact, that even made us want to stick around a little while longer
Our black is beautiful.

But me, I love my beautiful black skin I’m in
I love it so much, I don’t even know where to begin
From the rich brown tone of my skin and the kinky texture of my hair
And the wide span of my arms to how I handle despair
Our black is beautiful.

My black is beautiful, and I am who I want to be
I am a proud, priceless, precious phenomenal woman, that’s me
I am more powerful than two Cleopatra’s, that’s guaranteed
Born to achieve my goals and to go above and beyond everyone’s expectations
To grow up and receive many standing ovations
My black is beautiful.

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  1. Janet Mason

    Brilliant