I am successful in my own mind.

There are a few “extraordinary” people the world says are so successful, have ideal lives and basically these people live lives other people wish they could live. I feel like I am an attractive African American woman. I don’t see my flaws. I see lovely eyes when I see myself. I see melanin in my skin that makes me a Melanin Queen. I don’t see anything wrong with my eyes, my nose, my lips or my dark skin. I love the way God chose to create me. Yes people with white skin are privileged over darker others but that is just reality and the way it is. I am comfortable being dark skinned and I wouldn’t want to be white or light skinned. I know if my grandparents could see me now they’d say our Ayesha is doing so well. There is a God she’s living proof. We remember her as a little girl. They would be so proud. I dedicated my chapbook to all the people I wanted to thank in the Acknowledgements section at the end of my chapbook!

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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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