Advisory: “Now keep in mind that I’m an artist and I’m sensitive about my sh*t”. -Erycah Badu: If you do not like the language that I decide to use within my poetry, you DO NOT have to read. If what I say offend’s your beliefs, and you can’t back it up, keep it to yourself. Enjoy.
So I often heard the saying that names were given to slaves by their masters.
That’s why Malcom Little became Malcom X
and to show my little respect, I decided to write this poem with the thought of my ancestors in mind.
For the women who bled for me.
Cleaned white women’s homes for me.
Were quiet for me.
Raped , beaten and abused
Cried for me.
So I could vote even though this system isn’t designed for me.
For the women who got degrees and
migrated to Flint, Michigan from Mississippi
with the thoughts of a better life up north.
Spent days working in General Motor factories to only one day see it all disappear.
To the women who
got relaxers for me
so you could get that one job.
Went natural for me
to show how proud you were to be
you are God to me.
And God this goes out to you.
With that being said now allow me to reintroduce myself like HOV.
My name isnt damn girl why you so quiet ?
My name isnt baby girl
Nigga you didn’t give birth to me.
Don’t call me little mama
I’m no ones mother.
My name isnt hoe
just because I decide to be a sexual being.
My name isnt bitch
Like u.n.i.t.y who you calling that ?
Just because I don’t respond to you
doesn’t give you the right to call me out of my name.
My name isnt weird.
Nigga im not weird I’m just classic.
You will never find another woman like me
My name is Allahnastevie
Allah meaning God is within me
That I am the light and truth in this dark world
That God is a Black woman
And I’m a Black woman
So Black girl magic
I’m like voodoo
In the heart of New Orleans or Hati
My name isnt boo
My name isnt angry Black woman
My name isnt Black feminist
Cause feminism wasn’t designed for the Black woman
Call me a womanist
As a matter of fact don’t you even utter your lips to call me girl.
Address me as a woman from now on
Cause I’m so damn proud to be
With melanated skin and nappy roots filled with the knowledge of my people.
I’m so damn beautiful..
As I walk the grounds of a university
Built by us for us .
I am my ancestors wildest dream.
Call me a queen.
With my nappy roots as my crown.
You will look up to me.
You will respect me.
All of Humanity.
My name is Allahnastevie
ALLAH meaning God is within me.
You will address me as such.