Adulthood was never meant to be simple for me.
She’s a punk pioneer who changed the game.
Punk rock culture was my comfort zone, but I stuck out like a sore thumb.
Why don’t any of my cinematic heroes look like me?
Unlearning my own anti-blackness.
My true ethnicity is a secret I have never tried to keep.
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