An Ode to My Black Ass History

This is for “urban fiction.”

This is for Solange and Kendrick Lamar’s discographies.

This is for sold food stamps.

This is for Gabrielle Union for saving BET.

This is for Kid Fury and Crissle and The Read.

This is for leaving the pot of grease on the stove to use later.

This is for Zendaya being the first black Mary Jane in Spiderman’s history.

This is for Malia and Sasha and they mama and daddy.

This is for Vince Staple’s tweets.

This is for S01 EP 07 of Atlanta.

This is for black trans men and women.

This is for Heyyyyyy Mrs. Parker and Smokey in his chicken coop.

This is for Issa Rae for putting dark skin black girls on premium cable.

This is for Hennessey and Crown Royal.

This is for Trina, the baddest bitch.

This is for Kevin Hart’s work ethic.

This is for kids everywhere JuJu’ing on Dat Beat.

This is for box braids on vacations.

This is for Willow and Jaden Smith.

This is for nappy roots and afro picks.

This is for the writers of Black-ish.

This is for Beyonce’s humbleness and Angela Bassett’s timeless talent and beauty.

This is for Damn Gina and Not My Mama’s Biscuits and Tommy Ford’s dead body.

This is for Sunday dinners and grannies who raise entire families and make good greens.

This is for Tristan Walker and the Bevel Blade.

This is for that Texas girl Sandra Bland who knew her rights.

This is for black mamas who tell they kids to tell the bill collector they not at home.

This is for that boudin eating boy Alton Sterling who we mourned.

This is for every hood that has a candy house.

This is for when we go in this store don’t ask for nothing, don’t touch nothing.

This is for black Twitter and Black People Meet and Marvel’s Black Panther.

This is for the cast of The New Edition Story.

This is for black students at PWIs tryna stay strong.

This is for “FUCK DA POLICE!”

This is for the old Kanye.

This is for durags and bonnets walking around Wal-Mart late at night.

This is for Serena Williams and Lebron James.

This is for “Bad and Boujee” and “Black Beatles.”

This is for #BlackLivesMatter

This is for UGK for life and The Screwed Up Clique

This is for the electric slide.

This is for Shawty Lo and Phife Dog.

This is for Misty Copeland, the first black principal dancer in the history of the American Dance Ballet.

This is for black daddies who tell you to go ask ya mama.

This is for HBCUs.

This is for Ain’t Nobody Coming to See You Otis!

This is for #BlackGirlMagic and #BlackBoyJoy.

This is for edge control and old toothbrushes.

This is for Lil Wayne mixtapes.

This is for churches that start at 9:00 AM and end at 1:00 PM.

This is for eating the fried pork chop out of a napkin instead of a plate.

This is for Nelly’s band-aid and 50 Cent’s bulletproof vest.

This is for having to pick out the switch ya mama gone whoop you with.

This is for 90s babies who have babies.

This is for barbershop conversations.

This is for rap beef.

This is for smelling like outside.

This is for black love and black history.

This is for the culture.

This is a hug for when you get scared and forget who you are.

This is for all my niggas in the whole wide world.

#history #kendraallen #ode #blackhistory

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