For Black Girls Like Me Who Earn Gold Medals in Mental Gymnastics

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“For Black Girls Like Me” by Mariama J. Lockington is a poetic coming-of-age story about a black girl adopted into a white family. The central themes of identity and race are as obvious as one could expect considering the family makeup, but a third theme of mental health carried the most weight for me. Although a primary focus was on the mother‘s mental health struggle, I…

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Janell Marie

Janell Marie

Above all else, I’m a lover. Everything I write stems from that.