Meet Nia: Nia is an African-American dancer and naturalista. She did the Big Chop on the 1st of July! *shakes Shekere* 😀
Today, she shares with us, a poem she wrote:
I used to apologize for that dip in her back, but today; I’ll let her tell her story.
History, her story: the Black Dancer and Her Glory.
That dip describes a journey.
Her growth: a process, be it long. I could never be a straight line, and my tights fit never wrong.
I used to be embarrassed of that toasted praline shade. And the way my thighs fought amongst themselves sharing well worn fabric space.
My leotard told no lies.
Made each mound and hump protrude. I used to try and tuck them in
Hide my black girl attitude.
Baby she’s back now. Home where she should’ve stayed. I’ll never send her away again.
I missed her smooth, voluptuous sway.
I tried to slick those tresses down, for hair and motion; gone with the wind.
But I gave it up; traded in that lye for a crown of bobby pins.
And this queen, eyes made of chocolate, sees beyond what eyes can see.
‘Cause she don’t need no sugar coated dream, brown sugar is always sweet.
Thank you so much Nia for sharing! 🙂
For many like Nia and myself, going back to the fro is more than just a hair journey, it’s also one step in life’s journey, as we figure ourselves out, on the road to self acceptance. Hair may be just hair, but loving the kinks does not come naturally to everyone. The kinks in our hair, the kinks in our lives… Loving and appreciating yourself, your body, your talents, is not always easy but as cliche as this may sound, it’s something we should not tire of saying to ourselves and to one another- Love Yourself! (feel free to insert any other way of expressing this thought)
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