As a little girl growing up my experience being teased about my color was hard for me.

I remember the first good looking boy a really handsome boy in middle school that I was alone with. I remember he was also African American and gave me a twirl I was wearing a dress when I was then an eleven year old girl and also a middle school girl. This was before I had even gotten my first period. I was thirteen years old when I got my first period. I got excited that he was interested. I saw Mike Steele giving a lecture at Rutgers University a few years ago and I couldn’t believe what a beautiful chocolate photogenic man he was also in his 60s he was. Every time I think of Mike being from the south I just think wow he even coined the phrase “nontraditional black life”. I thought this man is just different and he is all in pictures in his 60s with a good life he’s also an excellent public speaker too.

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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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