Not all men

I’m walking, earphones in and music on,singing my favourite songs,lost in the lyrics and the verse.I see a guy walking slowly in my direction,probably just passing by, minding his own business.But I pause my music anyway,just in case, just to be safe.And the silence in my ears, allows me to hear my heart beat:it echoes, […]

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Grey area

Black children dream in colour,but live in aracially bias-lyundeniablyworld obsessed with black and white. Though nothing ever seems to be black and white.Lost in the grey area,where everyone has an image,but still no one gets the picture.Only some see this bigger idea,only some see that the decisions about us have been taken without us.So, stop […]

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I heard it, but my heart felt it

Everyone always mentions the microaggression,those fetishes and strange obsessions,but my first encounter wasn’t subtle.See, the harsh consonants beat the air from my lungs,the words hung heavy in my little 8-year-old mind,as I was pushed aside at lunchand told ‘you can’t sit here…because you’re black’.And my little tabula rasa mind was struggling to decide and codify,as […]

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Our mother’s hope

Mother Earth has been crying,heavy grey rain dropsand trying to tell us, her children,that she’s dying.She has been dying for years,crying out cold summers,warm winters and melting icecaps.Crying oiled oceans and plastic seas.She has been crying,and begging for her children to listen. And all at once, she stopped.She told us, she was nolonger crying out. […]

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Ode to Meghan

They ask me, again, why I’m playing the race card,and I tell them I’m not playing –but yes – this is the race card,and now I’m laying all my cards, flat outblunt and openly on the table. Yes, this is the race card,because the media’s still separating the black suits from the pack,laughing and calling […]

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Zuckerberg grabbed our minds and programmed us.Plagued us,exploited our data,social media raped us.Weaponised our data,Jobbs forced screens into our hands,fed us fake ideals through our glands.And I know you understand,because likes and follows,are the most valuable currency in this land.Data worth more than oil,follows worth more than friends.This self-obsessed, self-loathing,jealous, zealous, envious,generation is sick.Sick and […]

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Simone Yasmin