Liberian Girl Magic

Dear LiberianGirl,

Do you see us freeing ourselves, from the narratives written by “people abroad?”

Read a blog post yesterday, with your voice and your name and your face – shoutout to SiM.

Now you speak up and show up and show out

Embracing your power and strength and worth

Do you smile at the men in your rear, who’ve taken back seats to your no longer deniable presence?

Does it not leave you misty eyed, with a fool’s smile?

 

This burst of fashionistas:

Handcraft accessories and wearable arts

Young girls in lappa suits and country plait braids,

Bombchel bodysuits and Chaya crochets

radiating pride; as if their identities are attached (and perhaps it is)

This mixture of simple joy and Naz Naturals,

Kernel Fresh and coconut oil,

aloe vera and shea butter

manifesting itself as “the glow.”

Do you see us no longer sticking to scripts written for us?

Does it not leave you misty eyed, with a fool’s smile?

 

A tribe of queens: sharing spotlights and highlights,

no longer chasing the low life,

earning degrees (hey Sylvia),

pushing rights, breaking boundaries,

creating industries, leaving legacies

building networks,  impacting lives

Pause. – I saw you fix her crown.

Does this not leave you misty eyed, with a fool’s smile?

 

Authored by Girlchild

Featured picture by Meskora 

 

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