NATURALLY by Audre Lorde.

Since Naturally Black is Naturally Beautiful
I must be proud And, naturally Black and Beautiful
Who always was a trifle Yellow And plain, though proud Before.

Now I’ve given up pomades
Having spent the summer sunning And feeling naturally free
(if I die of skin cancer oh well-one less black and beautiful me)
Yet no agency spends millions To prevent my summer tanning
And who trembles nightly
With the fear of their lily cities being swallowed
By a summer ocean of naturally woolly hair?

But I’ve bought my can of Natural Hair Spray
Made and marketed in Watts
Still thinking more
Proud beautiful Black women Could better make and use Black Bread…

Audre Lorde

Category: Celebration of Blackness,