Do I look 15?
I just find it so funny...
When I actually was 15 no one even saw me.
Today after performing, someone told me that I look 15 years old. I thought it was crazy but I thanked them regardless. I must remind myself that a lot of people have no concept of Sankofa. Sankofa means to return & recover it, it’s about looking back at the past in order to move on to a better future.
I look young because I’m a descendant of a group of people that had two choices: Innovate or Die. They survived slavery (aka intense labor & abuse), racist terrorism, poverty, soulless consumerism (ha!), and did I mention that my melanin barrier was meant to withstand WAY more radiation than I’m actually exposed to? I imagine that my life in this country that they built is so much more easy than the lives they lead. And for that I am grateful. When I get a compliment for being a beautiful black woman, to me it’s a compliment to my family/ancestors/gene pool. Everything I am is what survived…and it’s not all good! I’m a fallible human being, sheesh, looks aren’t everything. ;)