“Hide Your Shea Butter”- Crystal Valentine & Aaliyah Jihad, Poetry Slam

In Austin, TX at the 2016 (CUPSI) College Unions Poetry Slam Invitation, Crystal Valentine and & Aaliyah Jihad performed “Hide Your Shea Butter.”

Slam poetry is a form of performance poetry that occurs within a competitive poetry event, called a “slam,” at which poets perform their own poems that are judged on a numeric scale by randomly picked members of the audience.

Each year, ACUI produces the College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational (CUPSI) offering an opportunity for campuses with new or existing Poetry Slam programs to compete for top honors and to share their artistry and voices.

“When you invite your white friends over, hide your shea butter; hide your loc gel; hide your coconut oil…it is not that we do not trust white women. Stop hyping up mediocre attempts at blackness …it’s not just that you take what we create. It’s that it always gets lost in translation.”

This is just some of the impactful statements presented in this poem. Check out this beautiful poem by these beautiful sisters about white America appropriating African American culture. Guarantee you’ll love it.

 

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