Good Evening Everyone! I hope everyone is doing well. I’m back with another Black History post and this time, I’m going to share a poem. But not just any poem. Tonight’s poem was written from the perspective of a female slave.
For those of you who have followed my blog for some time, I discussed in the past about wet nursing during slavery. If you aren’t familiar with wet nursing during slavery, it’s when a nursing / pregnant female slave is forced to breastfeed the child of her slave owners.
This was a cruel practice because many times, the female slave’s child or children went hungry. Some babies actually starved to death because the slave owners prohibited the female slave to share her milk with her own child. Why? Because it would leave less milk for the slave “owners” child to nurse on. I find that to be unbelievably ridiculous and cruel seeing how that child’s own mother should have been breastfeeding them.
The poem by Hess Love is touching in so many ways because it shows what many nursing / pregnant female slaves must have felt. Imagine having to watch your child cry from hunger while you breastfed your “owners” child or children first. Breastfeeding your child first was never a priority, only your “owners” children. If you did, you risked being severely punished or having your child killed / murdered.
As you read the poem below by Hess Love, try to read it from a female slave’s perspective because when you do, her words don’t seem so harsh. It really gives you something to think about.
My heart is really full at the moment and I am feeling grateful and thankful for being able to write The Chronicles of Neffie. I was not sure how readers would react to a novel series that is centered around a young slave girl’s life, but to my surprise, a good number of readers have fallen in love with Neffie. Those who already finished reading The Chronicles of Neffie are anxiously waiting to read more of her in the second novel series! That right there warms my heart.
Yesterday, I noticed that The Chronicles of Neffie was added on Goodreads Unforgettable Characters list on Listopia. That almost brought me to tears because I am on a list with some “heavy hitter” authors. Click here to see for yourself. Not bad for a book that was just released on February 2nd.
Next month, I am planning an unforgettable author meet and greet for The Chronicles of Neffie and I cannot wait. I have invited my family, friends and even a few of my work colleagues to come join me. Writing this first novel series has been an unforgettable experience and I cannot wait to see what more this book has in store.
The Chronicles of Neffie has been released for two days and the reviews are coming in on Goodreads. Goodreads ratings hold a lot of weight in the literary world! I’m currently sitting at a 4.2 out of 5 stars so far. Let’s see if I can get to a 4.5 out of 5 stars!
There is something about seeing how other readers rate your work. I love it when readers leave a review. Whether it’s a comment or just a rating, I want to see them! Keep them coming!
Have you ordered your ebook or paperback copy on iTunes, Amazon, Kobo, Playster, Scribd, Smashwords or 24 Symbols? I would love to see what are your thoughts.
For you writers out there, keep writing. Your story deserves to be told and read!
A few weeks ago, I saw a documentary on Black women and natural hair. As I watched this particular documentary unfold, there was one part of me that felt proud, but then there was the other part of me that felt a little disturbed. I was happy to see more Black women embracing their own natural hair, but I was bothered by the sheer number of Black women who referred to Black natural hair as ugly and “nappy.”
Here is the deal, regardless of your hair type or texture, if you do not take care of it your hair will get “nappy” or shall I say tangled. Often times the word “nappy” is referred to Black or African textured hair when in fact, “nappy” hair can occur in all races and ethnic groups. I could not help but to shake my head as I saw some Black women refer to their own natural hair or Black women with natural hair as ugly. It was bad enough that they called it “nappy.” SMH…
There was one group of Black women who proudly stated they would “rock a weave” before they would rock their own natural hair. Oh. My. Goodness. I do not believe they realized just how absurb they sounded when they made such a statement. So you mean to tell me that you would spend hundreds to thousands of dollars to wear synthetic hair or someone else’s hair before you would wear your own?! Please go sit down and face the wall. Right now! Do not come out until I tell you to. Maybe next time you will learn not to say such a self-hating thing.
I for one have natural hair as I discussed previously on my blog, and I love every multi texture that is scattered across my head. If you choose to wear your hair relaxed or natural, the choice is yours. I am quite sure you are beautiful either way. Just love your hair, take care of it and nurture it because your hair is a beautiful extension of you. Black or African textured is not ugly or “nappy.” It is different, but it is far from being ugly or “nappy.”