Many women face mental health struggles on their own. Moreover, African American women are often seen as the backbone to their family foundation which can lead to unforeseen challenges. Various familiar coping strategies such as praying are seen as the only standard of care. With the quarantine, many women have been driven to face their reality behind closed doors and for an unprecedented amount of time. With that reality comes the road to self-discovery. Poetic storyteller, Brianna Laren, has graced us with an artful collection that interweaves the road to self-discovery and various obstacles that many Black women have to overcome. Brianna is spreading her Black Girl Magic one page at a time.
Perfect for handling the COVID blues, “Edge Control for the Soul”, is helping women discover their inner growth and grace as they slay through life. Set in the terms of your favorite natural hair verbiage, her collection is motivating women to continue to push past their struggles to achieve their greatness. This poetic quest steers women through challenges in relation to the natural hair journeys of shrinkage, breakage, protective styles and new growth; just to name a few.
“I told this story through poetry because that is where I can be my most vulnerable. As black women, we have been conditioned to hide and mask our vulnerabilities so they can’t be used against us. We have to remain strong and impenetrable at all times but that gets really heavy after a while,” says Brianna.
Black women are given the opportunity to get to know themselves, intimately love their inner beings and hone in on what makes their hair unique. This journey is parallel to the need for self-discovery too. Self-discovery is about appreciating one’s true self, character and potential in your natural artform. What better way to paint that picture than through poetry?
“My hope is that you will drop the mask, embrace every part of yourself, step into the light and allow the world to see you. But most importantly I hope you grow and thrive,” explains Brianna.
Brianna is paving her own lane one artful creation at a time. Join her journey of self-love as she takes you on a natural ride with her poetic page turners. Grab your copy to follow your inner voyage towards being your own peace. Connect with Brianna Laren online at http://www.briannalaren.com/ for her book titles and available merchandise. You may also follow her on social media as @briannalaren.
Writer, C. Scott, is a mother of one; author, social worker, early literacy interventionist and entrepreneur. Follow her on Instagram as @curls_coils and @mysweettealife.
(Photo Credit: Jodie Brim Photography)