Things Black Women Understand like Criticism.

When I was a little girl I was criticized a lot for a child. When I was a teenager I had issues with myself that I did not know would actually go away. People that know my history know how roots of criticism started from an early age. I am relaxing into being myself now in my 30s but the idea of me really doing that just blows my mind even as I type this blog post. I never knew any kind of healing from Schizophrenia was even possible. Science says mental illness is basically a life long difficult struggle but in just 10 years I went from a Mercer graduate to being on payroll at Mercer working as a Mentor for the DREAM program giving back to my school. I love being an African American woman. I wouldn’t be a different race or be someone else. My roots are deep. “Some say the blacker the berry the sweeter the juice (Pac) says the darker the flesh and the deeper the roots.” I like that statement. I love my EBONY magazines and my Essence magazines and being Black.

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I am a Black Guyanese woman. I'm thirty nine years old. I went back to college to take Early Childhood Education classes. I want to get a second 48-credit BA degree in Early Childhood Education by 2021. I go to NJCU. I have a BA in Creative Writing from NJCU. I graduated from NJCU in August 2015. I transferred to NJCU from Mercer. I have my AA degree from Mercer in Humanities and Social Science since May 2007. I write poems, I write memoirs, I'm a blogger and I am taking a children's lit course. I love reading memoirs. I also do book reviews from time to time. My favorite poet is Emily Dickinson. I grew up in Ewing, New Jersey. I live in Princeton Junction with my parents!

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