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  • Je suis noir

    I am my mother's daughter

    I have her hair and eyes

    but I got my noise from my father.

    In town they call me Izuba(Sun)

    because I radiate like the Sun

    I am Umwamikazi(Queen)

    because I walk like a Queen

    My Jewelries come from my grandmother

    She was a Queen in her own right

    She lived on a hilltop,

    commanded men in battles

    Raised boys with an iron fist.

    I wish i have met her

    She left me her Jewelries

    I wear them like a Queen

    I am black like the Ebony tree

    I am strong and tall like a Baobab tree

    I am one of many.

    Photograph is a part of a series of an on going personal project titled "Black is Beautiful"

    Binti is 16 years old and she is from Somalia residing now in the US. Taken in 2012 in Vermont.

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