“My name wasn’t given to me. It was given to the rest of the country.” You’ll never see a name as just a name after you witness this unforgettable, prize-winning performance.
(Content Warning: Rape) You may have heard horrific stories about rape and victim-blaming. Maybe one of those stories is yours. With how often rape happens, what does it mean to raise children and hope for their safety? In this chilling spoken word piece, Elizabeth Acevedo explores how she would raise her daughter, showing exactly why it’s so important to fight rape culture.
In many families with African bloodlines, rejection of natural hair is passed down from generation to generation. Mothers teach their daughters to “fix their hair,” and daughters learn to fear for their own children’s hair. Elizabeth Acevedo has had it with this family tradition. Watch her embrace the possibility of having daughters with natural hair in this spoken word poem.