I’m proof that black is beautiful.

I get compliments on my eyes often. People call me “Black Beauty”. I say beauty comes in all shapes, sizes and colors. The fact that I am included in the definition of beautiful and I have black skin means we have come a long way in who is and who isn’t included in the definition of beautiful. The fact that people say “Ayesha is beautiful” makes me happy. The fact that I feel beautiful and see myself that way is beyond words. I don’t wish my skin color was light or white. I feel like a black beauty. I realize what I never knew before I entered my 30s about beauty, being desired or desireable and being me.

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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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