The struggles Black women face affect us in ways that go beyond the personal. Author, filmmaker and spoken word artist Astin Rocks. explores these themes of Black womanhood in a haunting piece entitled Letters from a Transient. In the short film, she includes four poems over the narrative: "naked," "message to bad boys," "t.h.o.t." and "shark week." She says of the work:
"Transient: a temporary guest, or laborer working for a short period of time; vagabond,wanderer.
"I began writing Letters from a Transient while living in Beijing, when I first recognized travel as my means of self-escape. My realization of my inability to stay in one place sparked my transition into early adulthood, at which point, I decided to outwardly express my haunting thoughts.
"Letters from a Transient comprises of four Spoken Word poems. Each poem lyrically addresses a different struggle, specifically self-love, dating patterns, womanhood, and media sensationalism. The corresponding visuals within the piece each symbolize perceptions of my experience with each struggle. With Letters from a Transient, I aim to encourage young adults in transition to face their insecurities, even if it means questioning the norms that have molded their self-worth and character."
It should be noted that the piece is not safe for work and comes with a trigger warning. There is brief nudity in the beginning and the visuals for "shark week" include images of the Mike Brown killing and the Ferguson protests.
Astin Rocks. is a writer, multimedia and performance artist living in Jackson, MS. You can view her work, stream her poetry, and follow her journey at www.whyastinrocks.com. Watch the short below.