This is for you. For every girl on the darker end of the melanin spectrum.
Dear highly melanated African girl, your black is beautiful. For you who has had to withstand the “black shine” sniggering cat calls all your life and the snide comments, honey this is yours.
They called you black as coal and that stung. They made you feel unworthy of so much but realise they were only acting out of their ignorance and insecurities. I’m here to help you unlearn that.
Understand that though coal be black it has been the backbone of many revolutions and you hold the power of that black in your skin. Your skin alone can ignite fires so they fear you and try to put you out but girl, be OK with being a bold force to be reckoned with. Let the weak be burned in your might if they’re not fireproof, because Lord knows your melanin will not be toned down.
This is for you dark skinned child. The dark chocolate that is never allowed to melt. Melt… Meltdown the idea that you’re not enough and side step that sticky mess because you dear child have God’s fingerprint on you. Don’t you see the gold in your skin glitter when you step in the sun? You are black gold, so be bold always. You carry universes in your skin, only be bothered by those willing to discover it.
Dear 21st Century Afrikan girl. They will tell you beauty is only skin deep, and the very same “they” will shove their beauty standards down your throat.
Remember, “they” are not you. You were made a special shade of chocolate, accept that not everyone has a sweet tooth, but you must.
Fall in love with your chocolate self and make peace with your blackness. There is where your power lies.
Hey black girl. Be yourself, always. Your black is beautiful, no matter the shade. Own it.