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Olivia Gatwood’s Debut Poetry Collection Is The Book I Wish I Had As A Teenage Girl

To say Olivia Gatwood is a powerhouse of a poet still somehow feels like an undersell. Widely known for her spoken word performances, Gatwood has just released her debut poetry collecting,. With unflinching integrity and a sharp tongue, Gatwood consistently breaks down stereotypes and explores the elation, the victory, the expectations, the violences, the questioning and all that comes with contemporary American womanhood. ( Basically, this volume is GOOD. Severely, it’s good .) If you need a little more convincing, I’ll let Olivia do what she does best. I’ve included…

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How black women’s bodies are violated as soon as they enter school

Young women of coloring experience every form and context of police violence beginning with their day at school Pulled over at a traffic stop and beaten by the side of the road. Placed in a banned chokehold by a New York City police officer. Violently taken into police detention, never to come out alive. Shot first, questions asked later. The tales and images that instantly leap to mind in connection with these scenes are those of black men Rodney King, Eric Garner, Freddie Gray, Philando Castile. But these are also…

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