This poem is dedicated to all the girls who are forced, by circumstances, to hide their identity so they can be present for those around them. One reminder: You need to be your authentic self. Go out, find your flame, and take your place in history.
Afiwa Afandalo is a class of 2020 Girls Write Now mentee based in Bronx, NY.
My mentor and I were in Grand Central Station when it hit me that I should share my culinary journey and the reasons I enjoy cooking. I shared my idea with Caroline and she loved it. We decided to start with a script, then use Anchor to record. After countless edits, my script was ready to be recorded. I thought the recording and editing would be easy, but it wasn’t. I had to record and edit multiple times before I got the content I wanted. When I checked the box “record podcast” on my agenda, I felt accomplished and ready to take on the world.