5 Inspiring poems for black women

5 Inspiring poems for black women

 I hope these five black poems strengthen your spirit as you read, for they are masterpieces crafted with love, magic, whispers and sighs. 

Only a Black woman can know what has been denied other Black women. Only a Black woman can give us the words we need to weave gold and silver threads into the tapestry of our lives. “O ye daughters of Africa, arise! arise! awake!”

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Still I Rise by Maya Angelou

You may write me down in history

With your bitter, twisted lies,

You may trod me in the very dirt

But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?

Why are you beset with gloom?

‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells

Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,

With the certainty of tides,

Just like hopes springing high,

Still I’ll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?

Bowed head and lowered eyes?

Shoulders falling down like teardrops,

Weakened by my soulful cries?

Does my haughtiness offend you?

Don’t you take it awful hard

‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines

Diggin’ in my own backyard.

You may shoot me with your words,

You may cut me with your eyes,

You may kill me with your hatefulness,

But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?

Does it come as a surprise

That I dance like I’ve got diamonds

At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history’s shame

I rise

Up from a past that’s rooted in pain

I rise

I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,

Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.

Leaving behind nights of terror and fear

I rise

Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear

I rise

Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,

I am the dream and the hope of the slave.

I rise

I rise

To a Dark Girl by Gwendolyn B. Bennett

I love you for your brownness

And the rounded darkness of your breast

I love you for the breaking sadness in your voice

And shadows where your wayward eye-lids rest.

Something of old forgotten queens

Lurks in the lithe abandon of your walk

And something of the shackled slave

Sobs in the rhythm of your talk

Oh, little brown girl, born for sorrow’s mate

Keep all you have of queenliness

Forgetting that you were once were slave

And let your full lips laugh at Fate!

I am a black woman by Mari Evans

I am a black woman

the music of my song

some sweet arpeggio of tears

is written in a minor key

and I

can be heard humming in the night

Can be heard

humming

in the night

I saw my mate leap screaming to the sea

and I/with these hands/cupped the lifebreath

from my issue in the canebrake

I lost Nat’s swinging body in a rain of tears

and heard my son scream all the way from Anzio

for Peace he never knew….I

learned Da Nang and Pork Chop Hill

in anguish

Now my nostrils know the gas

and these trigger tired fingers

seek the softness in my warrior’s beard

I am a black woman

tall as a cypress

strong

beyond all definition still

defying place

and time

and circumstance

assailed

impervious

indestructible

Look

on me and be

renewed

To Black Women by Gwendolyn Brooks

Sisters,

where there is cold silence

no hallelujahs, no hurrahs at all, no handshakes,

no neon red or blue, no smiling faces

prevail.

Prevail across the editors of the world

who are obsessed, self-honeying and self-crowned

in the seduced arena.

It has been a

hard trudge, with fainting, bandaging and death.

There have been startling confrontations.

There have been tramplings. Tramplings

of monarchs and of other men.

But there remain large countries in your eyes.

Shrewd sun.

The civil balance.

The listening secrets.

And you create and train your flowers still.

Phenomenal woman by Maya Angelou

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.

I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size   

But when I start to tell them,

They think I’m telling lies.

I say,

It’s in the reach of my arms,

The span of my hips,   

The stride of my step,   

The curl of my lips.   

I’m a woman

Phenomenally.

Phenomenal woman,   

That’s me.

I walk into a room

Just as cool as you please,   

And to a man,

The fellows stand or

Fall down on their knees.   

Then they swarm around me,

A hive of honey bees.   

I say,

It’s the fire in my eyes,   

And the flash of my teeth,   

The swing in my waist,   

And the joy in my feet.   

I’m a woman

Phenomenally.

Phenomenal woman,

That’s me.

Men themselves have wondered   

What they see in me.

They try so much

But they can’t touch

My inner mystery.

When I try to show them,   

They say they still can’t see.   

I say,

It’s in the arch of my back,   

The sun of my smile,

The ride of my breasts,

The grace of my style.

I’m a woman

Phenomenally.

Phenomenal woman,

That’s me.

Now you understand

Just why my head’s not bowed.   

I don’t shout or jump about

Or have to talk real loud.   

When you see me passing,

It ought to make you proud.

I say,

It’s in the click of my heels,   

The bend of my hair,   

the palm of my fhand,   

The need for my care.   

’Cause I’m a woman

Phenomenally.

Phenomenal woman,

That’s me.


I love black poems so I’m always searching for them. You might want to recommend any other black poems you know in the comments section.

15 Quotes that build self confidence

15 Quotes that build self confidence

A quote let’s you look through the eyes of another person and allows you to see what they might have learned in a lifetime, almost instantly. Personally, I find them easy going, so relatable and they always set me in the right mood. Below, are 15 quotes that build self confidence.

Sheri L. Dew

Noble and great. Courageous and determined. Faithful and fearless. That is who you are and who you have always been. And understanding it can change your life because this knowledge carries a confidence that cannot be duplicated any other way.

Theodore Roosevelt

Each time we face our fear, we gain strength, courage, and confidence in the doing.

Marie Curie

Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.

Allen Cohen

To love yourself right now, just as you are, is to give yourself heaven. Don’t wait until you die. If you wait, you die now. If you love, you live now. 

Oprah

Think like a queen. A queen if not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping stone to greatness. 

Marianne Williamson

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

Zig Ziglar

You are the only person on earth who can use your ability. 

Mark Victor Hansen

Don’t wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful. 

Dalai Lama

With the realization of one’s own potential and self-confidence in one’s ability, one can build a better world. 

Jo Blackwell-Preston

Don’t you dare, for one more second, surround yourself with people who are not aware of the greatness that you are. 

Ralph Waldo Emerson

To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.

Wendy Wasserstein

Don’t live down to expectations. Go out there and do something remarkable. 

David Storey

Self confidence is the memory of success

Eleanor Roosevelt

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.

Louisa May Alcott

“I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship.” 

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15 Empowering Bible verses for women

15 Empowering Bible verses for women

We all have those moments in our lifes when we feel like the odds are against us. With the so much negativity around us, our minds start playing tricks on us. We begin to doubt our competence, beauty, and worth! In such moments, hope becomes a very strange word. However, there are always Bible verses that are strategic and specific for what ever situation you may be going through. Below are 15 Empowering Bible verses for women. Hope it encourages and motivates you especially when you need it the most.

1) Proverbs 31:25 ( NLT)

“She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.”

2) Psalms 46:5 ( NIV )

“God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day.”


‭‭3) Luke 1:45 ( NIV)

“Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!””


‭‭4) Proverbs 31:17 ( NLT )

“She is energetic and strong, a hard worker.”


‭‭5) Psalms 28:7 ( NIV)

“The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.”

6) Proverbs 11:16 ( MSG)

“A woman of gentle grace gets respect, but men of rough violence grab for loot”

7) Joshua 1:9

“ Be strong and courageous”

8) Proverbs 31:30 ( NIV )

“Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.”


‭‭9) 1 Corinthians 15:10

“ But by the grace of God, I am what I am…”

10) Proverbs 31:26 (NLT)

“When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness”

11) Psalms 139:14 (AMP)

“I will give thanks and praise to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well.”


‭‭12) Exodus 14:14 (NLT)

“The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.””


‭‭13) Songs of songs 4:7 (GNB)

“How beautiful you are, my love; how perfect you are!”

14) Colossians 2:10 ( AMP)

“ And in Him you have been made complete …”

15) 1 Peter 3:3-4 (NLT)

“Don’t be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes.

“You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God.”
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Bible verses from www.youversion.com

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My experience at beauty salons

My experience at beauty salons

Generally, time spent at the beauty salon is considered as ladies time somehow. If you often visit the beauty salon either to do your hair, makeup, manicure, pedicure, facials etc you would know that every discussion mostly revolves around beauty, men, money and fashion.

Recently, I visited a salon to do my hair and one of the hairdressers (a beautiful dark lady) there looked at me and said, “chai, black is fine.” “I want na dis kind fineee black” This prompted the lady whose hair she was doing to narrate a story of a guy who was so dark that some people thought he was wearing black socks. So, one of them decided to touch his leg, to confirm whether their thoughts were right or wrong. Of course, they were wrong. You can imagine how the dark guy must have felt.

Well I’ve been in his shoes. So many times people have touched my hands or face to see if my dark complexion will fade away. Like seriously, what nerve!!!! I was really impressed with the hairdresser, even after hearing the story, she still went on to say how much she loved that kind of black. Then she said, “ natural fair skin too is nice because we all are Africans. The only problem is when you see a light skinned girl, you would never know if it’s actually natural or bleached. But when you see a dark girl from afar, you’re hundred percent sure that it’s natural.

I really feel encouraged seeing other dark girls love their skin as much as I do

Then there’s this thing about colors. What color will fit a dark girl? Some say bright colors, what do you think ?

Speaking of beauty salons, what are your plans for your hair this festive season? If like me, you want something natural or braids, be sure to check out my post on braiding styles

AMAZING SONGS THAT CELEBRATE MELANIN (2)

AMAZING SONGS THAT CELEBRATE MELANIN (2)

Nowadays, black women are beginning to own their melanin showing that their skin really is beautiful too. With a lot of modifications that are being made to suit the dark skin such as makeup products and body lotions, the music industry isn’t left behind. Thanks to a few artist, these are amazing songs that celebrate melanin to add to your play list. I hope these amazing songs inspire, motivate and activate you to celebrate melanin more. May these songs remind you just how beautiful melanin is and also, may it reveal the beauty lying within you.

1) Black Is beautiful by Flavour

I can see her from afar,
She just dey shine like a morning light,
I can see very clear
She just dey shine in a broad day light (hey),
And she was walking
And i was watching
Every step and the move she was making.
She is adoring i am admiring her hips

Beauty is a natural thing,
Original thing and a mysterious thing hey,
Rise up ma voice and sing i thank the lord for a beauty queen.
Cos your black is beautiful
Beauty from my own,
Baby your black is beautiful (baby moo)
Beauty in disguise
And your black is beautiful (ahhhhh)
Black is beautiful hey,
And your black is natural, (ahhhhhahh) black is original
Oo oo ohoo
Oo oo ohoo
Oo oo ohoo
yoo yoo yoyo, mama moo

Cha cha chei,
She is black she is proud and she knows it,
She is cool and i everybody likes it,
She is bold and she very very humble,
She is strong and can never never fumble,
She is courageous (ahh) azagitarious the kind of woman I can take for serious,

Beauty is a natural thing,
Original thing and a mysterious thing hey,
Rise up my voice and sing i thank the lord for a beauty queen,
Cos your black is beautiful (beauty for my own)
Baby your black is beautiful baby moo,
Beauty in disguise hey,
and your

And your black is Africa,
Your black is Jamaica,
And your black is Arabia,
Your black is Jamaica,
And your black is Nigeria,
Your black is beautiful oooo
dudu tu tuuu duduuuu,
huu huu
selooom
your black is beautiful.

2) Black woman by Danielle Brooks

You look at me like I’m unfamiliar
Like I’m brand new
Like you never knew that you liked them thick
I’ve been carrying this weight
In a world beneath these braids
And I’m confused
Would you take the pain that came
With all the parts you wanna claim for you

[Pre-Chorus]
You want my thighs
You want my stride
But not this melanin
You want my hair
But you don’t care
For this complexion

[Chorus]
I’m a black woman
I’m a black woman
Cornbread fed
Sweat tea sippin’
Nubian Queen with the skin that glistens
I’m a black woman

[Verse 2]
Sixteen sittin’ on the cold floor
In the corner after school
Recovering from your cover up
When you told me
I wasn’t right for you
It wasn’t hard to believe
‘cus when I watch TV
I would never see
A leading lady look like me
Familiar package with less pigment
I ain’t ignorant, it’s just reality

[Pre-Chorus]
You want my thighs
You want my stride
But not this melanin
You want my hair
But you don’t care
For this complexion

[Chorus]
I’m a black woman
I’m a black woman
Cornbread fed
Sweet tea sippin’
Nubian Queen with the skin that glistens
I’m a black woman

[Bridge]
The world tells me there is space for me
If I cinch it up
And I soak it in
The world tells me it’ll all be mine
With some lashes on
And some lighter eyes
The world tells me it’ll work for me
If I let ’em do a little surgery
The world tells me it’ll change for me
With some longer nails
And some lightening cream

[Outro]
But I’m a black woman
(Lose myself to prove myself)
I’m a black woman
(We’ve come too far to right these wrongs)
‘Cus I’m a black woman
‘Cus I’m a black woman

Thanks!

Here’s the link to the part one of amazing songs that celebrate melanin