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Black Girl Reality Mirrored in Fantasy. A Song Below Water.

-You don't have to take my voice, I tell my grandmother. Just teach me how to use it.- Tavia

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In Morrow's take on mythical women, stark allusions to the 'othering' of Black women & girls is made and how that automatically makes us dangerous even when we are the victim. Morrow also inserts the ever-present awareness that Black girls & women must have of how they are perceived and how at any moment they will be expected to explain and expound on cultural or racial issues; as if their only role in society is to be white society's sounding board, educator or entertainer.

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She also highlights the ever present need for the consumption of Black trauma, but packaged as being done in an attempt to increase awareness and elevate interactions; when in reality it really is selfish and thoughtless, especially when we consider that all it does is re-traumatize the person involved.

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The contrast in the response and coverage of violence or any act of violation towards Black men is also touched on here. The attention that should be paid to our Black women and all they have endured, sacrificed, and currently face is usually shunted to the back in favour of our men. Rarely is room ever made for both our struggles to take centre stage.

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How in this world that has demonized us out of lack of understanding, jealousy, and callousness, we are afraid to use our voice, because it might mean we lose our life. How even in the face of that death, we persevere and we speak.

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The exploration of friendship, bonds, sisterhood, and how important that can be to the solidification of support that is central in helping Black girls and women flourish is just phenomenal. Morrow also dives into how damaging the lack of protection and fight is from the people closest to us can be to our confidence and psyche and how finding that network outside the circle of family can become a refuge in times of need.

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She also touches on how difficult it can be for Black girls & women to be given the ultimate freedom to explore who and what they are, can be, will be. The lack of foundation and adequate support and encouragement is a fact of life for every Black girl.

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This is a story for the age we are living, surviving, and thriving in, against all the odds.

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