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No, Not “Pretty for a Black Girl”

This is something that I’ve been wanting to write for a long time and finally have.

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I’m not pretty for a black girl; I am simply pretty. When approached with the line “You’re pretty for a black girl,” what I actually  hear is, “You are too pretty to be black,” especially when followed with the question, “What are you mixed with?”

Whether or not I have multiple races that make up my genetic code is irrelevant. I want to scream from the top of my lungs that my black is beautiful and that one drop of white does not make me pretty. On the contrary, I am beautiful despite this backwards “one drop” rule.

When this “compliment” is thrown around, it is hard to believe that the person saying it is aware of exactly what they’re saying. The perfect response to this is, “You’re beautiful for a (insert whatever race the speaker is here).” Not only does this turn the tables onto the original speaker, but also…

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Thoughts on 4/27

I asked more from you baltimore
to be better
to be bold
and you are
you are angry
breaking gray’s shackles
a broken voice box
a shattered


you are more
and I am proud

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Why I am Not Here for Kylie Jenner

My thoughts about a certain someone’s constant cultural appropriation

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Recently Kylie Jenner, half-sister to Kim Kardashian, was spotted on Instagram with darker skin. She captioned the image, “What I wish I looked like all the time.”  While some people have claimed that she looked more like an avatar with metallic looking skin, I interpreted the picture as a wanting to be black. When I think of Kylie, I cannot help but to think she is disrespecting and appropriating black culture and black bodies.

Her Instagram is a mix of images, ranging from a normal Kylie to a Kylie full of enhancements. Though she is still quite young, nobody’s body changes that drastically overnight. She has gone from having thin lips and a flat butt in pictures to having curves that could rival any 17-year-old black girl. Her chest has also doubled in size, something that is impossible to do overnight without the help of surgeries or digital enhancements. Her lips are…

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