Person of African descent looking in the mirror
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Hey Black People, Have You Looked in the Mirror? (Identity Short Poem)

If our hair is black and doesn’t match our brown skin tone.

How can you call yourself black if our skin tone doesn’t check the name?

Black People say they recognize the word “black” as a noun and adjective.

Let’s talk about it.

Black people love defending a color identity that was given to them by imperialism.

The truth matters is you are not black. You are of African descent.

The truth matters is they’re not white. They are of English & European descent.

Let’s Dive In

“Hey Black People, Have You Looked in the Mirror”

Hey Black People, have you looked in the mirror?

Did you make eye contact with your dark eyes?

Did you look at your facial hair? Eyebrows? Eyelashes?

Damn, you look good, you know it!

You see your hair and facial hair every day in the mirror.

The color of your hair couldn’t be any clearer.

You know what color it is?

It’s black! Isn’t it!?

Unless you’ve colored or dyed it!

Hey Black People, have you looked in the mirror?

You call yourself black when your skin tone doesn’t match your natural hair color.

You’ve been masking your African identity by saying your black.

It’s time you understand our skin color is not our race identifier.

The imperialists took away our African identity.

Forgetting your African identity fuels the fire of amnesia

Hey Black People, have you looked in the mirror?

If your skin tone doesn’t match the name, it’s not a match

Unlearn color identity and relearn African national identities

Unlearn black and relearn African

Show it to yourself that you haven’t forgotten

You’ve always been an African living in America

From the words of Mufasa, “(insert your name here), remember who you are?”

By: Esperance Ndombe

Hey, y'all, Welcome to my about me page. It's a pleasure to introduce myself. My name is Esperance, but I also go by Espe, which sounds like an "SP." I was born in Rhode Island and raised in New Hampshire in New England's Northeast region. At the University of New Hampshire, I went to college in Durham, NH, studied Recreation Management & Policy with minors in Business Administration & Hospitality Management. In summer 2011, I decided to move to California for AmeriCorps and found myself in volunteer-community service for two years in Watsonville, CA. I love the area so much. I lived in Santa Cruz for 2 years and fell in love with a Salvadorean man while living together in Aromas, CA. I've been living in the country-rural life for 6 years and probably for another two years. A lot has been happening around the world, but the ones that struck me the most were the killings of my brother's and sister's, not relatives, but my people, my African American people struck by outrageous police force brutality, and sadly lost their lives. It pains me to see this happening in our lifetime, and the majority of the police officers get indicted, showing no accountability for their flagrant actions on human life. Even in life, I've always lived as an African American woman, and I never saw or identified myself as Black or People of Color, which most of my race identifies with Black, Blackness, or People of Color. I want to help empower those Black Americans who identify with Black to transform their race mentality to Afri/African American. To love, say, write, describe yourself in the Afri/African American context. The majority are still in the Black context. I'm a full-time digital marketer working as a freelancer and on my own projects with Black 2 Afri, Wild 4 Bamboo, and Earthian Digital Marketing. I received my master's degree in Digital Marketing from Concordia College and gained experience freelancing on Upwork in April of 2020. Keeping in touch with your customers and audience base depend on valuable content presented to keep them engaged with your brand. I develop step-by-step digital marketing guidance, advice, and consultations for clients needing digital marketing. I also love cooking, playing, and watching sports: mostly soccer, basketball, track & field, making chili sauces, watching car racing, snowboarding, hiking, camping, the outdoor life, studying languages: Spanish, French, and traveling. I love to cook West African food, American food, Italian and Chinese food. I'm hoping to create a West African food pop-up event next year. Besides being a cook, I love to dance, watch action/comedy/drama movies, garden, and have a good time on Earth.

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