If we never needed protective hairstyling
You wouldn’t have that “fresh urban look”
If we didn’t already do that whole…
er Braids” look. No..
Cornrows…. (Yes, CORNROWS, Kim K.)
Lip injections, plumpers and kits
To try and emulate our natural
How-to videos on getting “African-American curls”
Rub on tans with shades that surpass most of our choices in makeup
..but you can wash that off when the day’s over
You can take that hair down and return to your normals
Your small procedures arent forever
& your privilege won’t even be questioned
You wouldn’t have the example to mirror without the original
It’s alive and well
Our lifestyles are now seasonal fashion trends
but when it’s a dying trend
& we still leave and breathe that reality..then what?
can I live ??