Tag Archives: black fathers

“Ponytail: A Poem for Gabby Douglas” by Jasmine Waiters

16 Aug

Oh yeah, now this is what I’m talking about — using poetry to positively impact society through raising awareness, provoking deep thought, and inward reflection. This young lady, by the name of Jasmine Waiters wrote a poem in honor of Olympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas. She calls upon the members of the African-American community to look beyond Gabby’s hair and focus on her accomplishments and the mark she has made in history not only for herself but for her people. Check out this viral video by Jasmine Waiters. Enjoy!

Ayvaunn Penn is an award winning writer pursuing her graduate degrees in dramatic writing and acting. She is also a freelance editorpoet, and spoken word artist. To like The Penn Speaks on Facebook, click here. To become Ayvaunn’s Facebook friend, click here.


Poem: Black Daughter Confronts Black Mother About Father

19 Jul

Hello Your Black Poets! This poem was posted in response to one of the last features I did by Philip-Paul Grimes called “I Could Not Survive Outside My Blackness.” This is a very touching poem about a black child inquiring of her mother why she can’t see her father. I hope you all enjoy!

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Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here.