I wrote a letter to my natural hair because I recognized that I was dealing with some deeply engrained self-hate issues regarding it.
On Crowns and Glory: A Black History Month Collection
Acclaimed writer James Baldwin once wrote, “Our crowns have already been bought and paid for. All we have to do is wear it.” While his words spoken\ to the in-born dignity of African-Americans, we used them as the inspiration to explore another crown — the hair we wear upon our head. In our Black History month collection, “On Crowns and Glory” our writers chronicle the rich relationship they’ve had with their own hair and how this exploration fits into a larger cultural narrative about Black hair. Ranging from curious to joyful and reflective, these takes join a vibrant conversation about what it means to wear the crown.
This poem is me taking back the word “nappy” to make it beautiful.
Going natural has taught me a good lesson about loving myself, especially the parts of myself I cannot change.
Smoke rises, hot metal searing each rebellious strand.
Look at me. Look at my hair.