The Waterford spoken word artist Sasha Terfous has filmed a spoken word piece with in collaboration with the Adrian Brinkehoff Poetry Foundation, which is concerned with her experience growing up as a mixed race woman in Ireland.
“I do not know what it means to be black….
It’s growing up without a dad,
Being part of the 51.2% of black kids in the 90’s who were fatherless.
A white mom tearing a comb through my hair because nobody taught her how to braid.
It’s 10 years of flat irons and chemicals because nobody was there to tell a little girl,
“Your hair is as old as humanity itself.
Each strand tells the stories of your ancestors.
Each curl represents black history and the ongoing fight to keep growing no matter how small the progress may seem.”