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Anonymous

What makes me strong?

My heritage
What makes me weak?
My fears
What makes me whole?
My God
What keeps me standing?
My faith
What makes me compassionate?
My selflessness
What makes me honest?
My integrity
What sustains my mind?
My quest for knowledge
What teaches me all lessons?
My mistakes
What lifts my head high?
My pride
What if I can’t go on?

Not an option
What makes me victorious?
My courage to climb
What makes me competent?
My confidence
What makes me sensual?
My insatiable essence
What makes me beautiful?
My everything
What makes me a woman?

My heart
Who says I need love?
I do
What empowers me?
My God & Me
Who am I?
I AM AN AFRICAN Caribbean WOMAN!

Celebro la Mujer que soy

Yolanda Rossman Tejada

Celebro la mujer que soy,

piel de mango de rosa

carne de níspero sabroso

leche de coco en el paladar.

Celebro mi pelo crespo, inquieto,

rotunda cascada sobre tu pecho a la intemperie,

dezlízate, entre esa marejada tempestuosa,

tupido manglar de raíces ancestrales,

maraña de bosque tropical.

Hunde tus manos allí …

atrapa los deseos que aún oculto,

nido de oropéndola, desafiante,

tibio musgo abrigando tu cuerpo

desnudo, dispuesto.

Celebro este rebelde encaje,

lianas y parásitas adheridas a mi tronco,

danzando con la brisa

en seductores malabares.

Enredadera, intrincado follaje

olorosa a melón, granadilla, maracuyá,

te invito a gozar este cuerpo palpitante.

Sonrisa de mayo, mirada de abril..

Celebro esta pascua florecida

que agresiva se asoma,

evadiendo los colores

que intentan apaciguarla,

ella indómita salta, más plateada,

!Atrevida!

Celebro la mujer que soy,

“agua de lluvia acariciando tu cuerpo”.

Photo by Mohamed Nohassi on Unsplash

Maya Angelou

Are you a phenomenal woman? I am.

Maya Angelou (1928-2014), is a renowned poet, storyteller, auto-biographer, playwright, journalist, and actress born in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), also shared a passion for radio journalism. She was a strong activist who contributed to the civil rights movement and worked with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X. 

She published volumes of poetries, essays, and plays, as well as many children, cook, and picture books.

Her work includes seven extraordinary autobiographies: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Singin’ and Swingin’ and Gettin’ Merry Like Christmas, Gather Together in my Name, The Heart of a Woman, All God’s Children Need Traveling Shoes, A Song Flung Up to Heaven, and Mom and Me and Mom. 

Moreover, on January 20th, 1993, at the Presidential Inauguration of Bill Clinton, she recited her poem “On the Pulse of Morning” this recitation being the second time at a similar event that something of this kind was done. (Robert Frost recited “The Gift Outright” at John F. Kennedy’s inauguration). 

Several of her writings received merited awards and honours from over seventy universities like the University of Arkansas, Ohio State University, Atlanta University, and others. 

Here is one of her poems. Phenomenal Woman.

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.

I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size

But when I start to tell them,

They think I’m telling lies.

I say,

It’s in the reach of my arms,

The span of my hips

The stride of my step.

The curl of my lips.

I’m a woman

Phenomenally.

Phenomenal woman,

That’s me.

I walk into a room

Just as cool as you please,

And to a man,

The fellows stand or

Fall down on their knees.

Then they swarm around me,

A hive of honey bees.

I say,

It’s the fire in my eyes,

And the flash of my teeth,

The swing in my waist,

And the joy in my feet.

I’m a woman

Phenomenally.

Phenomenal woman.

Photo by Jessica Felicio on Unsplash

Mother language

I was born and grew up in an intercultural environment.  My mother tongue is English Creole and Spanish is my second language. I also understand Miskito (fairly), which is  one of the native indigenous languages in Nicaragua. Miskito is a Misulmapan language, which along with  Sumo and Matagalpan, comprises  this linguistic family. It is spoken by almost 150,000 people in the North and South Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua and the eastern coast  of Honduras, both Central American countries. 

This week as we embrace the celebration of mother languages I would like you to think of any a scenario where you were afraid to speak your language? Often we hear that just Standard English should be spoken among us. But wait, let’s stop here. Who has the right or audacity to decide this? I think there is no such thing.

English is the most accessible language due to globalization. It is also mentioned that it is the most studied language and probably 20% of the world speaks it. Regardless of these figures, there are no such things that there is just one English language that everyone should speak. 

Years ago, I travelled to the United States of America to visit my family. One day while shopping and paying my bill, I was asked by the cashier: Where are you from? I said: Where do you think I am from? She replied: From Africa or Jamaica. So, I said, from both. Her expression said it all, confusion. I did not clarify it because it is not right that as a human being you always got to give an explanation. My answer was not rude since my ancestors are from both places as the cashier later acknowledged.

Yes, as soon as I open my mouth, that question is often asked. I do not get intimidated anymore because I think that language shapes, defines who we are and how we act, it is a social interaction tool.

I am proud to speak my English Creole, which has given me the opportunity to understand the syntactic of other languages and have a better approach to Standard English which is like my passport to communicate when I travel. I insist that parents play an important role to teach children their mother language.

No language is correct or incorrect. Languages are part of communities. “We do language,” as Toni Morrison said.

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Black Females Books

Read and learn about black people life.

No one knows for sure what type of racism you will live tomorrow for being a black person. This is not a new topic, since it has been over centuries that black people have been discriminated because of our skin colour. 

Today, the Black Lives Matter movement is getting stronger in several countries by manifesting racial injustice, which is debated  in many female writer’s books. 

Here is a list of black woman writers and their books in which they narrate the vivid life of black people in different ways and from several parts of the world. 

I hope you will enjoy and learn from these books. 

https://womenwheel.com/2020/02/03/black-female-writers1/

https://womenwheel.com/2020/02/05/black-female-writers-2/

https://womenwheel.com/2020/02/07/black-female-writers-3/