An excerpt of I Have Bi-racial Hair

By Zora Howard

I have bi-racial hair,
Those smooth and silk rafts hanging all through my mane,
Until you get to the back, and encounter the jungle, in which you can find Tarzan and Jane.
In the front you forget and relax in the pleasure,
Until you get to the back and remember pain
Baby hair slicked back with that good four dollar pomade,
That goes with roots and tangles,
Soaked with that same olive oil, mixed with that spaghetti sauce mom made.

This poem, written and performed by 13-year-old Zora Howard, has made the online rounds. It is so powerful I had to post it. Filmmaker Lisa Russell received a Boston/New England Emmy Award for Bi-Racial Hair, a short film featuring the writer and her parents.