The world does not always appreciate loud folks. We deem them less smart, in desperate need of a lesson in self-awareness. But, some days, even when an intelligent and self-aware black woman simply speaks, it’s too loud. It’s too much. The world hasn’t learned how to handle it. It hasn’t learned how to handle us when we would rather raise our voices than repress them, or when we occupy the arenas God has unapologetically given us. The opportunities to speak, laugh, and fill these spaces with our sounds are not things for which we should require permission. These opportunities are our birthrights, and we have to welcome them as such.
Today’s Write Your Ass Off April post was published as part of my Sunday Kind of Love newsletter. Read the full essay here.
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