On Texturism: Bodacious Mane, Big Hair Don’t Care

“What we need right now is more women who have detoxed themselves so completely from the world’s expectations that they are full of nothing but themselves. What we need are women who are full of themselves. A woman who is full of herself knows and trusts herself enough to say and do what must beContinue reading “On Texturism: Bodacious Mane, Big Hair Don’t Care”

On Dancing: How Representation Can Encourage Black Youth to Turn to Dance

Subscribe to my newsletter: http://bit.ly/gn Representation matters. When I was about 4-5 years old I was taken to a dance class in my neighborhood. I honestly can’t recall what happened that day but by the end of the class I know I never wanted to go back again. Fast forward years later when I movedContinue reading “On Dancing: How Representation Can Encourage Black Youth to Turn to Dance”

Special Ladies: Celebrating Inspiring Women

Subscribe to my newsletter: http://bit.ly/gn This post was to be published last month in honor of #WomenHistoryMonth but with everything that’s been happening, in New York and the world, I had put this aside and focused on other things. I’m happy and excited to finally do this and share these pieces with you. It hasn’t alwaysContinue reading “Special Ladies: Celebrating Inspiring Women”

#Blessed

Even tho I may project My own fears and biases I am #blessed and fulfilled Regardless of how I feel Into my sometimes blurry lenses I Get pushed and pulled back Before my own eyes All I need is a shift A bit of perspective For my hopes and my dreams To ever become clearContinue reading “#Blessed”

#JustPlantingSeeds

“We accept the Love we think we deserve” If you are wondering If it’s not the moon and the stars If this made you think If you feel some type of way You probably deserve more #JustPlantingSeeds ©️ Daphne Mia Essiet, 2018

#Momentum

Shit’s complicated- but here we are: making the best of it. Beating the odds Breaking records we never knew existed Yet, too often living with restraint Tipi toeing around fragile egos. Their subconsciously know that the Power sipping through our pores must meticulously get washed away by judgement & ever so slightly policed, err’day WithContinue reading “#Momentum”

#TheBuzz

Drafted Friday while watching Brandee Younger (Harp), Dezron Douglas (Bass) & David Bryant (piano) playing at #TheWestVillageSeries’ @ Cheikh’s. Edited at 3am Saturday morning, up from drinking so much Champagne. I tip the glass to my lips, Allow the champagne to burn my tongue, Then, flow down my throat Liquid gold – I’m gone. I closeContinue reading “#TheBuzz”

#MergingIntoMyself

I long to be Free. Free from my fears. Free from the imaginary boundaries I inflicted mySelf. I long to be mySelf. The woman I’ve always meant to be. Phenomenal woman, that’s Me. The one who will own her flaws and recognize them as the most enticing part of who she is. The one whoContinue reading “#MergingIntoMyself”

#InLimbo

The way you talked to me makes it hard. It makes it hard to get involved with someone. What used to be easy became complicated. You declared you did not expect a thing, but would give me the world… #IfILetYou. You affirmed someone will always love me. #Unconditionally. That it’s written all over me. YouContinue reading “#InLimbo”

#HaveYouClaimedYourQueendom?

Have you? If not, you should. Easier said than done, I know… I believe that the most effective way to change the world for the better is to finally acknowledge and empower women the way they should always have been. Last week I was told I had a Queen Complex. I was told I hadContinue reading “#HaveYouClaimedYourQueendom?”