I mean they wash, set, flatten the spring in any loc - but what they mean is we're the best at swallowing amnesia, in a cup of [Spanish], dreaming because we'd rather do that than live in this reality, caught between orange juice and milk, between reflections of the sun and whiteness. Page . One such woman is Afro-Latina poet Elizabeth Acevedo. Our African, Spanish and indigenous roots all wrapped into the crown we call “pelo.” My mother tells me to fix my hair. She means whiten. Trying to find ways to erase them out of our skin, iron them out of our hair, this wild tangle of hair that strangles air. Hair, a reclamation. (Image- Elizabeth Acevedo- ‘Hair’ screen shot). This poem has not been translated into any other language yet. All information has been reproduced here for educational and informational purposes to benefit site visitors, and is provided at no charge... Recite this poem (upload your own video or voice file). Slam poetry, the style of poetry Ms. Acevedo is known for, is a genre in which poets recite original poetry, combining elements of theater, storytelling and other kinds of performance. I love it! To enable Verizon Media and our partners to process your personal data select 'I agree', or select 'Manage settings' for more information and to manage your choices. I call them breathing. The true meaning of stranded, when trusses held tight like African cousins in ship bellies, did they imagine that their great grand-children would look like us, and would hate them how we do? So it puts a huge smile on my face to see that young women are speaking out through art and activism. Find out more about how we use your information in our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy. HuffPost is part of Verizon Media. The first group is Hairby: Elizabeth Acevedo poem by Jay Ward. And I don't tell them that we love like sugar cane, brown skin, pale flesh, meshed in pure sweetness. Our culture and society has enforced and embraced Eurocentric beauty ideals for centuries. is an online destination created by an Afro-Latina for Afro-Latinas. Or if you’re of darker complexion you need your skin lightened. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Your Privacy Controls. The true meaning of stranded, when trusses held tight … “My mother tells me to fix my hair,” the poem starts. But how do you fix this ship-wrecked history of hair? Because all I can reply is, "You can't fix what was never broken." We and our partners will store and/or access information on your device through the use of cookies and similar technologies, to display personalised ads and content, for ad and content measurement, audience insights and product development. This paper provides a thematic, narratological and stylistic analysis Elizabeth Acevedo’s slam poems “Hair”, “Afro-Latina”, “Spear” and “Unforgettable”, in which Acevedo raises awareness about (identity) struggles present within two marginalized Growing up in a Latino household, hair was more than something you styled. You call them wild curls. La La Anthony Pens ‘The Love Playbook,’ A No-Nonsense Advice Book On Dating, Relationships and Marriage, Everything EnJ Creator Erica Nichole Talks Self-Acceptance As An Afro-Latina, Recording Artist LATASHÁ On Embracing Authenticity, Bachatera Andre Veloz On Navigating Male-Dominated Genre, Body Positivity & Self-Titled Album, Behind The Scenes With Stand-Up Comedian Glorelys Mora, DJ Bembona On Her Boricua-Panameña Roots & Spinning Activism For the Culture, Meet Melania-Luisa Marte, the Woman Behind the Petition to Include ‘Afro-Latina’ in the Dictionary.