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Dec 2015
Pretty for a black girl?
Does that mean I’m pretty at all?
When you look at me
Is it only a pigment you see?

Pretty for a black girl?
What does my skin tone
have to do with the beauty
In me?

Pretty for a black girl?
Why is beauty only found if i'm fair?
Is my complexion the first thing you compare?

Pretty for a black girl?
Is that all I am?
Why must I be less than
the rest of them.

Pretty for a black girl?
Is a compliment that's cruel
I don't care what you say,
you're a part of the kingdom I shall rule.

Pretty for a black girl?
Do you say it to be mean?
Regardless, I remain the queen.

I am aware my coiling curls  
or my tangled locks
may frighten you too,
that's good, they weren't created to impress you

Pretty for a black girl?
Don’t hate because my flawless color doesn’t need adjustments,  
It is you that must alter tones to achieve approval.

Pretty for a black girl?
Approval is something I do not need,
Compliment as you please,
But my beauty grows quicker than you breath

While you flip your hair and tan your skin,
Watch me wink and grin,
because my confidence is the only style that's in.
Jasmine Roper
Written by
Jasmine Roper  Virginia
(Virginia)   
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