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Full Circle Moment 📖

by Tiffany Gordon 7 months ago in performance poetry · updated 7 months ago
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As a grammar school kid...

in the 80s…

I grew up…

not seeing…

anyone…

on the cover...

of magazines…

& within the pages of...

children's books📚…

that looked like me…

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Therefore...

at the age of 8…

when a staff member…

at my elementary school…

asked me…

if I wanted…

to make the characters…

in the books📚 that I wrote...

African-American like me…

I quickly declined…

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Looking back…

I now realize…

that I had...

subconsciously...

internalized…

the notion…

that the media…

constantly...

portrayed…

to me...

[maybe even

unintentionally]

that my...

life choices…

were…

limited…

because...

of my color…

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The message was loud and clear to my preteen mind: **Blacks didn't belong in children's books & media because I never saw them.

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Today…

As an African-American...

Young Adult author…

I have come…

full circle…

because...

I have...

(through

the blessing of

the Vocal platform)

been afforded...

a second chance...

to write...

fiction stories...

for other people's...

enjoyment...

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Although...

this time around…

I will take my cues…

from my Creator...

instead of the...

diversity-deprived...

mass media…

Also...

this time around...

I will add...

my Blackness...

& the...

unique experiences...

of my racial group...

to the literary Stew...

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Perhaps

<at most>

seeing...

a young Black woman…

in the role of Author…

will inspire…

children...

that see...

themselves...

within me...

and within

characters..

that look...

like me....

to follow…

their heart...

& put on...

their own...

Chef's hat...

and...

become...

an author...

too one day...

if they...

so choose… 😉

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And Perhaps

<at best>

my presence in...

The literary kitchen...

will prevent...

another black child…

from ever...

getting burned again…

by the notion...

that they…

don't belong...

within the pages...

of a book… 📖

*Safety First

*Protect Children's Minds!

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About the author

Tiffany Gordon

I am a super-spiritual, fun-loving artist, writer, & peer-counselor residing in the Pacific Northwest. I am also an Institute of Children's Literature alumna who enjoys writing about the triumph of the human spirit.

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