(Because it needs to be said)
I want to say
Just got so say something
About those beautiful, beautiful black girls
Rocking Afro puffs, dreadlocks, and braids
I see you
Making it do what it do
You so fierce
Everyone wants to be like you
What? Don’t tell me you didn’t know!
Tiana, Lamya, Nyla, Lauren, and Nikia
Go ‘head girls!
I see you
Cutting your eyes
Looking so cute
With your beads that match the skinny jeans and the shoelaces and your backpack
For all my smart, sassy, introverted, extroverted
Singing, writing, dancing, swimming, skating
Ball-playing, bike-riding, double-dutch jumping, chess-playing, music-loving
Princesses and tomboys
Keep doing your thang!
Brava, young ladies!
You should know
I’m sitting at home, in the audience, on the sidelines
Cheering you on
With tears in my eyes
For all of you beautiful, beautiful black girls
Rockin’ dope Afro puffs, dreadlocks and braids
©2 Dope Sistahs, 2013
*Inspired by my favorite poet, Nikki Giovanni and her poem “Beautiful Black Men”