I smiled as I walked into the room,
But my smile was eclipsed by my dark skin.
Why bother to make a first impression?
Because immediately by the shade of my complexion
You know that I’m Democrat and not Republican,
That on the way here I was listening to hip hop and not country
So if anything was to come up missing, your first suspect would be me.
But that doesn’t even compare to how my own belittled me.
I was born in lighter skin
That grew darker by the sun
Or maybe with or without the rays
It was God’s plan all along
To show that black does not represent death and oppression
Nor was it meant to be painted in the background
So other colors could better be seen
But black, is the color of power, elegance
That this smooth mahogany skin is fit for any queen.
Had I known then what I know now
I would have held my head high and been proud
Of the skin that was darker than yours
Of the hair that I thought would never grow
And the lips that parted to reveal
The gap that made me unique.
Oh I would have gone out and played
Instead of spending my time hiding in the shade.
All little girls, and grown women too!
Need to know that Dark Skin is also beautiful
And we don’t need it to be announced on BET Nightly News
Or hear it from some dude, who just wants to screw
We all just need to take a look in the mirror
And like Miss Arie said, we need to heal the disconnect
My Beautiful Chocolate Sisters pass the message
Not that Chocolate is superior to Caramel
Or that the darker the berry the sweeter the juice
But that OUR different shades make US unparallel
In class and beauty, no disrespect.
But my chocolate sistas need to know
That when you got the glow, you got to show
And we aint doubting ourselves no more.