If you see me on the street
Don’t call me, “Baby”
Or, “Sweet thing”
Don’t pull up next to me
And ask why I’m not smiling
Don’t call me, “Baby”
Or, “Sweet thing”
But if in fact I am a “Queen”
Here’s my decree:
Shut your damn mouth
And keep on driving
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Photo by the phenomenal @yazzalali
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Dress of my dreams courtesy of @charlesandron
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This is the first day I fully dressed myself. Not much has changed, stylistically, but sometimes I wish I could go back — to a time when I spent hours every day sitting atop mulberry trees, thinking but not thinking, meditating without knowing it. I eventually started to bring journals into the trees with me and write poetry until it got too dark to see. I didn’t know then that writing poems would lead to writing songs — that everything I did there would lead me here. I’m so happy to announce that the first chapter of my musical story, “Motsi,” will be yours on 10/30! Click the link in my bio to pre-save it! I’d really appreciate it. <3 ...

These are the lyrics to my song, “Fatherless child,” in poem form. It was intense speaking them without the music and melody, as I realized just how sad I was when I wrote them. I wish I could go back in time and give myself a hug. And also a high five for allowing myself to feel.
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This song is for anyone who’s felt the pain of not having the kind of closeness they desire, or have been culturally trained to desire, with their family. I know there are so many of us. Over the years, I’ve come to realize the beauty of my situation and to appreciate it for what it is, what it has made me, and what it has the potential to become. It took a lot to come to understand that nothing is missing within me, and to learn not to fill that imaginary empty space in my heart with destructive people and thoughts. I’m still learning in some ways.
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If you’re currently going through it, here’s a little reminder (for you and for me) that your love is the most important, and powerful, love you’ll ever receive. You deserve to love yourself. Also, therapy is awesome.
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Fatherless child comes out on 10/30/20!
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It’s a good day (to fight the system) 10.30.20 ...

It took me years to get here
They were beautiful and ruthless
But I’m so happy to tell you
I’m about to release MUSIC!
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My neighbors love a criminal
That I wanna go bye bye
My message is subliminal
Each time they hit their wifi
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Saw “Donald Trump” pop up in the neighborhood Wi-Fi index and figured why not push that subliminal energy in a better direction? Consider doing the same or renaming your network from that inside joke that only you and your friends get to something nonpartisan like, “Don’t forget to vote!” Every little reminder helps. 💛
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I have gold in my bones
And diamonds in my soul
And my roots, they are buried
In African soil
I want freedom for my people,
That is all
I want freedom for my people,
That is all
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I wrote this at the beginning of quarantine with Zimbabwe in mind, and am sharing it again as a message of protest and hope for my fellow Zimbabweans. #ZimbabweanLivesMatter
#BlackLivesMatter
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DM me! Zimbabwean voices need to be heard, and I really want to help those who speak through art like I do to gain the opportunities that I have. Also calling all visual artists and filmmakers who can or want to make artwork for musicians! Please share this with your Zim friends! ...

This is a shot of a sad girl
An, “I really miss my dad” girl
A, “Trying so hard to be bad” girl
A, “Skinny, but I think I’m fat” girl
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An, “I never go outside” girl
A, “Find me a slow way to die” girl
A, “Trying so hard not to cry” girl
A half-smile to hide a full spiral
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See life’s so much more than these photos
The parties, the clothes with the logos
The dinners we eat ’til we go broke
The therapists callin’ us no-shows
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Know this is a shot of a sad girl
The definition of unravelled
So don’t be a pawn
In these Internet cons
Everyone’s fighting some uphill battle
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P.S. You don’t have to be sad forever. Therapy saved my life, and now that I’m not *constantly* battling internal demons, I have the energy to fight external ones. ✊🏽
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Some free and low-cost mental health services for Black people:
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-Boris L. Henson Foundation
-National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network
-The Loveland Foundation
-Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective
-Sista Afya
-Ethel’s Club
-Therapy For Black Girls
-Rest for Resistance
-Google free and low-cost therapy, as well as specific support groups, in your area
-Via your health insurance, if you can afford it
-Meditation apps/YouTube meditations
-Exercise
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What if it’s not about you —
The life you’re trying to live?
You fight for every win,
And so it might feel like it is,
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But
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What if it’s not about you —
From birth until the grave?
Win or loss, somebody fought
So you could run the race
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And every race you run
Will set a future winner’s pace
And every race you run
Will set a future winner’s pace
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London has introduced me to so many people I love, but two very special ones are @alexmetricmusic and @ritontime. Meet @kuumusic. ...