Writings

Declaration of a Negress

I was caged, and free all at once. It happened so suddenly that I almost didn’t take notice.

I had become Africa.
It happened over night.
I went to bed in cotton and awoke in Ankara.
Shame of my people melted clean off of my skin.
It pooled around me and chilled like wax.
I walked through fire for this.
This unshakeable pride.
This inane ability to place the world upon my chest, a mobi wrap.

I am Africa.
From the ark of creation I sprang forth,
Tithing this modern people in my own womb.

It happened so quickly.
Woke, they call it.
I looked in the mirror that morning and realized I had grown another eye.
Placed gently upon my forehead
There it was, open and staring at me.
I gazed upon it with the two I had always known, and I was touched with previous knowledge of it’s presence.
In it’s stare I saw the universe, the way, the truth, and the light.

Guided through this experience with caution I had become aware.
Aware of the land writhing in me.
From, Cairo to Lagos and beyond.

My blood pure and red, runs through me.
Through Africa.

Suddenly, I felt a kindred bond with this place I have never even been.
Course lands and pride.
It was like I had known it,
Intimately my entire life.
Motherland, they call it.

Even now as I spill these words, these secrets, this water.
I feel it.
Calling to me,
And like a prophet,
I’ve come to spread the holy word.

Beauty,, Uncategorized

Hi there, Hey, Hello

I started this blog for a few reasons. Reason 1, I wanted a way to connect. Though most people won’t admit it,the internet is sort of a “safe space” for many of us.We can be uninhibited and say our piece, oftentimes, without reprimand. We feel more connected with each other and find support despite it being a double edged sword of sorts. The 2nd reason, I honestly find it comforting. I happen to be one of those strange people who finds it much easier to speak her mind in written word. The 3rd and possibly final reason I started this blog, was to be an authentic voice in the “beauty community”. I love makeup and am constantly learning about it. That being said, what I don’t love is buying a product that’s been over hyped only to realize it’s a waste of money. In fact, I actually hate that. Being a consumer panelist, I’m pretty OK at differentiating between a wonderful product and wonderful marketing, and I want to help everyone be able to tell the difference. All in all, I’m on a journey, to discover more about myself, and I’d love it if you came along with me.

                  Until Next We Meet,

                   Arrianne

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