dear guy with the vascular arms shopping for produce
you said “hey” in your gray, thin and faded t-shirt that i could see your nipples through
lemon or lime juice can keep guacamole from browning
i think it’s a convention not to lead with an apology
so there you are. i’m sorry i’m not better at conversation
i guess i knew you had everything you needed, but you were interested in me
i should have said something about firmness and let you catch me averting my eyes
these avocados and i have the same thing in common
we may never be ready but we’re still pretty good
with the right spices, compliments you carefully chose
if we’re soft enough to settle and let you know we’re yours
First of all, Issa Rae doesn’t give a shit what I have to say, and that is what makes her an absolute champion for equality.
Let’s face it, in certain recent years and at other venues, the Insecure mastermind’s statement would not have made any sense. The #OscarsSoWhite boycott of 2016 had followed two consecutive years of white-only nominees.
Those two years and plenty of others saying “I’m rooting for everyone” would mean the exact same thing as “I’m rooting for everyone white.” So…
And it still took Leo how long?
It’s not the polite silence we’re used to experiencing, but it’s all truth. I see Issa’s remark as a celebration of long awaited representation of marginalized people, she doesn’t make her stories for me and that’s okay. Narratives, stories and views not seen or experienced, ever.
I’m glad to shutup. With the history made by the wins of Lena Waithe, Donald Glover, Sterling K. Brown, Riz Ahmed, there is much to clap, root and holler for.
We can hope that we are living in a resulted in a renaissance of racial awareness that we can only hope is lasting.
What media are you excited for that is breaking the mold? Underground hiphop or grungy artist? I was stoked to see Michaela Cole of Chewing Gum‘s new Netflix show that is happening, definitely on my list!