As a young black girl, I believed my black was ugly.
My dark skin, big lips and nappy hair was ridiculed by many.
Ignorance is strong in the young.
As a teen, I begin to blossom and see some beauty in me.
I had a swagger and sway in my step,
A confidence grew and my magnetic light begin to shine.
As a woman I grew into my fine.
My big lips became sexy and seductive.
The nappy hair became fierce,
My mocha skin was glistening.
I discovered the beauty in me.
As a fully developed grown woman,
I recognized the beauty inside.
My heart is so giving, compassionate and forgiving.
My mind, is so thoughtful, amazing, and wise.
My soul is divine.
A heavenly glow radiates from within.
Now I know my black is beautiful.
Christy Angelette is part of the Generation X generation. She is a mother of three amazing sons and is a southern Queen born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. She is working on a novel that will highlight mental illness and abuse in multiple forms, as well as civil rights being broken on a mental health level.