Hey little Black Girl…

An Ode to “Hey Black Child by Countee Cullen”


Hey little black girl,

Yes, I’m talking to you, the little girl over there in the corner with a beautiful crown of curls adorned on her head.

Do you know that you’re a beautiful creation that exudes magic with every ringlet growing from your head?

Hey little black girl,

People would do anything to have the hair you do.

They only say mean things to make you feel as inferior as they do when they gaze upon your luxurious mane.

Cultural appropriation will be present in many aspects of your life but its pertinent that you keep your composure.

Keep your head held high despite the negative commentary because you are a heaven-sent queen in your own way.

Hey little black girl,

Don’t listen to them when they tell you that “You’re pretty for a dark skin girl.” Always remember that your black is beautiful no matter what shade you are.

You were blessed with a little extra magic (melanin) when you were created.

Hey little black girl,

You will face a lot of mediocrity in your life because you don’t fit “the norm” of the prejudice society surrounding you.

Don’t ever let someone try and dim your flames and make you feel like you aren’t good enough or that you won’t succeed.

Hey little black girl,

Be careful when you travel on the roads. Those who are meant to protect you are the main ones stealing your lives quicker than the bullets that fly out of the guns aimed at your back out of fear of “retaliation”.

Your brothers and sisters are being taken away from you as a result of racial profiling and are left to fade from your memory without the taste of sweet justice for the deceased.

Hey little black girl,

I want you to parade around in your magical crown to show the world the star that you are and the greatness that you will become in the future.

You have the power to change the world and bend it anyway you like.

Don’t let people try to hinder you from your destiny because of the colour of your skin or the texture of your hair.

Hey little black girl, YOU are magical.


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