More Than Just Black Lives

Photos By Lauri Loving and Poem by Suhera Nuru

Black Women, Black Men, Black Families, Black Youth, Black Lives Matter 

Repeat consistently till it’s implanted in all the close-minded folk 

Repeat till all wake up to the hypocrisy of ‘All lives Matter’ 

Repeat to those who support for clout 

Performative activism  

WTF man

THIS IS NOT A TREND 

 

When will we matter?

When will my human life be treated as a human life 

The lives of the many who are subjected to this life 

The life God blessed us with 

 

The melanin coursing through the skin

Seen as a disgrace, target, victim 

 

RACISM

So deeply rooted 

The systems built to fail us 

The systems built against us 

But we keep on rising 

 

Black Future, Black Heritage, Black Love, Black Power,

Our culture became 

Our history became

Our lives became  

 

Legacy, literature, art, music, life, 

an inspiration

 

We live amongst hate, we love amongst hate, we survive amongst hate, we prosper, thrive, and continue to breathe amongst hate 

 

Chocolate, caramel, sun-kissed

Smooth, cocoa butter baby  

 

I love you