“Mom” 

“Be the brightest light in the room, blind mother fuckers who have hurt you.”

Alleysha Wise//Alan Batra -Mom | All Def Poetry 

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Whole 

I am whole all on my own. My confidence is not rooted in the hearts and stomachs of others. I do not seek validation from men and women to know that I am beautiful and that I am smart, worthy and, deserving of all things. I will not continue to omit pieces of myself to allow others to be more comfortable with who I actually am. To be black, woman and confident all at the same damn time is a reflection of defiance. To be so confident in myself is to be magic. I am whole always. I am whole still on the days when others treat me like I am only half. I am whole on ALL days with ALL parts of me.

J.McNeil