I'm taking ownership of myself. —Jao San Pedro

I’m taking ownership of myself. —Jao San Pedro


Light, but not mixed race, which means light skinned but not “beautiful.” My twist outs never come out right, my hair is nappy. I’m light skin but don’t quite resemble Tracee Ellis Ross. “You’re brave I would never wear my hair like that,” fellow black girls say to me. Read More »


Why do we, as humans, feel the need to ridicule anyone who expresses obvious enjoyment or excitement or gratefulness the way I am doing? I find myself monitoring my own words for any sign that I’ve come off as naive or childish and find none. Happiness should really be seen as a beautiful thing, not a pitfall that makes us any less interesting or able to maturely process things. Read More »