Black Girl Magic

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but a poet could paint the picture with language. It’s no small feat to be a wordsmith of experience. Below are quotes from four contemporary women poets who have shown that silence isn’t always golden. 

Black Girl Magic

“Give your daughters difficult names. give your daughters names that command the full use of

tongue. my name makes you want to tell me the truth. my name doesn’t allow me to trust anyone that

cannot pronounce it right.” – Warsan Shire

Black Girl Magic

“i want to apologize to all the women i have called pretty before i’ve called them intelligent or brave

i am sorry i made it sound as though something as simple as what you’re born with

is the most you have to be proud of when your spirit has crushed mountains

from now on i will say things like

you are resilient or you are extraordinary

not because i don’t think you’re pretty

but because you are so much more than that” Rupi Kaur

Black Girl Magic

“I am mine. before I am every anyone else’s.” – Nayyirah Waheed

Black Girl Magic

“If you have to fold to fit in, it ain’t right.” – Yrsa Daley-Ward

Photo story by Maachew Bentley

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