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"Today I Decided to be My True Blackness" : An Ode to Black Hair


Krishna Grace's poem "A Celebration of Black Hair" brought to us by YouTube's Amoor Entertainment,  is a beautiful piece about the decision to be free and being glad in it.

The poem's video starts with two black women, stressed and contemplative. One girl sits at a desk, frustrated at a day's work, and the other tries on multiple wigs--ranging from blond, black, short, and long. There is then, an unexpected point where they realize they don't want to be the type of women they currently are and this is seen through the acceptance of their natural hair.



The poem touches on many truths concerning black hair, ". . . and I know it doesn't fall as theirs does, and I know it's awfully thick." It also touches on our expectancy to have white people want to touch our hair " . . . 'Can I touch it? Is it real?'"

Overall, the poem is a short masterpiece and it is a piece that many natural girls can relate to.


Randie Henderson is a Gates Millennium Scholar and recent college grad. She is driven to write, read, learn, and educate about ways to dismantle oppression in America and globally because she is passionate about people and justice. You can find her on randiejourney.tumblr.com. 

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