"...after nights and nights of rape I was conceived
my heart was a storm
I ran again and it caused me my arm
just a few months after my baby was born
a gray eyed baby is what I received
I prayed her and I would never be deceived
I hated what they did to the half white blacks
brainwashing us to stab each other in the back
I was sure to ensure her she can from my sack
I taught her the ancestors and folks who were her kin
gave her reasons to embrace the melanin in her skin
and installed in her our spiritual connection was not a sin..."
This was the second piece to a series of an enslaved family. The excerpt is the second part of the first poem related to this series.
Mixed: charcoal, pastel, and watercolor
22 x 30
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I was born and raised in downtown New Orleans into a culture of cooking, music, dance, art and crafts. My grandfather's hobby was visual art, my dad is a chef, and my grandmother sewed clothing; I freelanced all these talents. As a child my father registered my siblings and I in dance and music classes. I attended McDounah 35 Senior High, but due to Hurricane Katrina, I graduated from Westside High in Houston, Texas. After graduating high school, I moved back home and worked full time while attending Delgado, then William Carey for college prerequisites.
I later attended Dillard University School of Nursing in 2012 and I graduated May 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. I am currently a Registered Nurse aspiring to become a Nurse Midwife. I also completed Doula training with Sista Midwife Productions in November 2014 and became a part of Birthmark Doula Collective shortly after.
People often ask, “What’s your focus?” This is a difficult conversation in one setting. My focus is my belief. My art tells a story in the form of poetry. As an artist, I feel free to express my vision through creations not limited to sewing, painting, drawing, or craft. It all depends on the message I am sending. I dream of a world where we can live holistically in nature, health, and beauty. Originality and authenticity of species and spirit is my highest value. I am now working my way back into the art world to continue sharing this vision with the world.
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