Not Your N.B.C.

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This is the part where I define me,

Brit-Naija-American, Black trinity,

To all with their own labels to assign me,

I reject your constrained hypothesis

I give myself my own labels that pertain to,

All the different ways I am human,

These are the things that make me who am,

All the things you can’t understand,

And I promise you, 

I promise,

Thought you do not believe,

That I am not your N.B.C.

Yeah, I promise you, 

I promise,

Though you shake,

And bereave,

That I am NOT your N.B.C.

I am Black which makes me atypical,

Black gal, which makes me quite typical,

Not your homie, your ratchet, your gangster,

your good one, 

Just a Naija trying to live my life here

Not Black enough nor 

White enough for you,

But I know Black folks 

Who dig anime, too,

I ain’t special, but I’m 

brilliant undoubtedly,

Ain’t gonna take your white supremacist bs, ya see

Swagger of Tupac,

brains of Malcolm X,

Strength of Audre Lorde,

Bravado of Lil Nas X,

I got the Blackest behind me, 

The Blackest within me

The Blackest in front, diagonal, and all around me,

Try and test me, 

Go ahead, 

I dare ya,

Test this Blackacademic’s based memorabilia

Naw, you jealous 

Of my attitude,

Craving my Black 

Swagitude, 

Go home to your suburb and snivel, yeah

That’s why I promise you, 

I promise,

Thought you do not believe,

That I am not your N.B.C.

Yeah, I promise you, 

I promise,

Though you shake,

And you grieve,

That I am NOT your N.B.C.

I’m not your side chick, baby mama, or hoe-down,

Not your virgin, nor your slut, though I get down, 

I’m phenomenally genderflux,

Yeah that’s me,

Phenomenally woman, 

Phenomenally NB,

I defy the boxes that you put on me,

Misogynistic Black and white dichotomy

Call me wild, call me hood, call me bad, call me good,

But Imma call me the things that I know to be

Not super feminine,

And not super masculine,

But into dresses, Barbies

Legos, and paintballing

You got a problem with my shoulders, 

Got a problem with my waist?

I got a problem with your attitude,

Get with it,

As a queer fat Black

Who’s disabled

Gender’s guarded from me

Like a stable

But I don’t mind it,

I’m willing and I’m able,

To take it back 

And make a new label

But don’t get it twisted,

I don’t tolerate slander

Or fools who wanna slur 

And take a gander

You’re just boxing me up,

And boxing me in,

And I won’t take it,

Won’t obey it, no, never

That’s why I promise you, 

I promise,

Thought you do not believe,

That I am not your N.B.C.

Yeah, I promise you, 

I promise,

Though you weep,

And you grieve,

That I am NOT your N.B.C.

I’m disabled,

That’s it,

Nothing else

I ain’t special,

Handicapped,

Er something else

If it makes you un-comfy,

Then you can’t hang with me,

Bye-bye, move on to someone else

Just cause I look like I can run a marathon,

It don’t mean that I should run a marathon,

Imma wheel like Ali Stroker,

Go figure, you don’t know her,

Let’s use Harriet Tubman instead

I’ll lead you to freedom, 

Just give me a break,

Can’t do more than what I’m willing to take, 

But, I’m capable of whatever you’re asking,

Disability made me good at multi-tasking,

I get the scooter when my feet are killing me

Get the surgery whenever it need be,

Get the therapy, even though it ain’t free,

Say it loud,

I’m disabled and proud

And I promise you, 

I promise,

Thought you do not believe,

That I am not your N.B.C.

Yeah, I promise you, 

I promise,

Though you sob,

And you grieve,

That I am NOT your N.B.C.

I’m not your

Dis/Abled

Not your

Wo/Man

Not your

Black, well you can’t really divide it, but you get it!

Not your 

Ab/Normal

Not your

Bi/Sexual

Not your, white dominant in an alternate cover

And it frustrates me, 

Yeah it really gets me,

There’s a whole periodic table of the things I could be,

But screw norms, standards, and chemistry, for I am NOT your N.B.C.

And I promise you, 

I promise,

Thought you do not believe,

That I am not your Nipple Bigger Critch

Yeah, I promise you, 

I promise,

Though you sob,

And you grieve,

That I am NOT your N.B.C.

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