Jill Scott is my girl-crush

I was listening to my “Women who inspire” playlist today and Jill Scott’s “Womanfesto” came on and rocked me straight to my core. I’ve listened to that spoken word multiple times, but it’s never resonated quite like it did today, so I decided to go ahead and put it here, in a place where I’ll see it again and again. It feels fortuitous and timely, so very deeply personal to things that have been on my mind, to feelings I’ve had about myself. So, without further adieu, Ms. Jill Scott: ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2YVOOBmVNI )

“Clearly I am not a fat ass
I am active brain
And lip smacking peach deep
Sometimes too aggressive in its honesty
And heart sweet
That loves wholly and completely
Whom it may choose
Whom ever it may choose

I am not gonna lie and pacify
I am arms to hold
I am lips to speak
I am a muthafucking “G”

Strong legs that stroll off the 33 bus
Or out of a money green Phantom comfortably
Knees that bend to pray
Clean from Ajax washings
Hair that is thick and soft
Thigh that be-twixt
An amazing all expense grand prize

I am eyes that sing
Smile that brightens
Touch that rings
And supply euphoric release
I am a Grand Dame Queen Beast

I am war
I am peace
From the roads of Botswana to 23rd Street
From the inside third eye
Ever watching this wicked wicked system of things
I do see

I am friend to pen
And a lover of strong women
A diamond to men
I am curious and interested like children
I welcome the wise to teach
Appreciator of my culture
Thick not just from bone dense and eat

I have a rhythm in my ways
And a practice in my seek
And yes I do crave the rhythm of my space
With a man that rejoices in God’s grace

With faith I do hear to listen
Two hands that fist
When forced pushes to shove
And your ego won’t submit

I am gifted
I am all of this
And indeed the shit

Clearly I am not just an ass”

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