My hair is thick,
I grew up in the hood,
But I still live happily.
My name isn't Ashinkashay or Tyquasia,
And we all don't look the same.
I'm my own person and I'm unique,
I'm LaBrea - I am me, that's my name.
My mother is a single parent,
Probably not a surprise to you.
I like watermelon and I love chicken,
And I listen to rap music and love to twerk, too.
I'm a lot of things to a lot of people,
Some of the stereotypes are true.
But that's just one side of me - the stories of I and others like me are incomplete,
I'll show you.
I'm educated and I do have goals,
That might come to you as a shcoker.
I have a 4.0 GPA and plan on going to college,
And I want to be doctor.
I do know who my father is,
And I do maintain a relationship with him.
Both of my parents have degrees,
And they use them.
I do use 'useless' slang with my friends,
But that's not all that I know how to say,
I speak 'proper' english and french very fluently,
Tu parle en francais?
I am good at sports,
But that's not all that I can do,
I know how to play violin, do origami, and draw,
And I dance too.
I'm more than skin deep,
I wish others could see me the same way.
I am whoever I please to be,
Not what others think of me.
Colorblind should be the thing to be;
Hopefully in the future,
That's what the world will be.