Human Parts
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Human Parts

This Is Us

Black Skin

Illustration: Niege Borges

i hate those stories

the ones
where women recall
how they once hated
the shade
of their deep dark skin

the same stories
that appear in
Oprah’s documentaries
and characterize
the dark-skinned women
across her network

whenever i hear them
i never understand
how ugly words
can form on the lips
of such beautiful women

i hate hearing them

because
they dig up
old memories
i buried

memories
of when
i wanted…

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Lakeya Omogun, Ph.D.

Lakeya Omogun, Ph.D.

Professor of Language, Literacy & Culture | Writer | Speaker | Twitter @LakeyaOmogun