by Tracee Herbert

It’s such a treat, a triumph, a moment without defeat to know that he likes Black Girls, to feel as if features that are normally shamed are appreciated,lusted, and sought after, to know that those plump lips, curved hips and chocolate skin of yours is seen as desirable, something to be proud of and shown off without embarrassment, to hear that someone likes your curls, the hair that twist and twirls without a care in the world in despite, that it’s a sight that many can’t even bear

It's such a treat, to feel carefree, to be yourself as truly as you can be, to live, love, laugh and grow, to be quirky ,loud, creative and colorful without being taken for a joke, no need to fight or stray against incorrect paintings of women like yourself because instead of making assumptions they see you for you and only see the truth, to be able to voice my feelings, my thoughts and opinions, displaying emotions without being accused of giving attitude.

It's such a treat, to have my mind, body, and soul be treated as a temple that needs to be nurtured, protected, and healed when exposed to trauma, to not be a percentage, a number, or a statistic, known by name, talent, and success, not chosen, only because of a vacant space

It's such a treat, to feel comfortable in any space you're in, to not need validation, from anyone, to know that you matter, to know that you can be and strive to do anything you want, to feel masculine or feminine, soft or strong, filled with delicateness or tenacity

It's it’s such a treat to feel free, to be able to tell the world,without fear, that THIS IS ME 

TRACEE HERBERT: My name is Tracee Herbert and I am a Sophmore at UA studying Business and Theatre; I am from Manhattan, yada, yada, Yada. I can sit here and describe myself in terms of all of the different categories that I can separate myself into however throughout my journey to adulthood ,thus far,  I am learning/ wanting to let my words and my creativity be a better indicator of myself. We spend so much time trying to create this formal elevator pitch of who we are and we become so rehearsed in our everyday lives. This is one of the many reasons why I started to write on my own terms, to build and gain my own identity. I don't label what I write as poetry, spoken word or essays; they are simply my internal thoughts as I attempt to make sense of our personal questions, assessments & insecurities, the world, and our individual places and purposes within it. I always try to write from the heart and I hope that as you read my work you feel something in yours as well. - Sending eternal Peace, Love, and Postive Vibrations