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Terry a O’Neal | Mama Afrika

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Terry a O’Neal, Mama Afrika, from PRIVATE 36 – AFRIKA

Mama Afrika
Make me a necklace
Of shiny malachite beads and brass spheres
That will mark me
Queen of the jungle–
Queen of romance–
Groom me for womanhood–

Mama Afrika
Make me a necklace
To hang from my neck
waist, ankles and wrists
So that I, too, can speak
To my people of the village

Mama Afrika
Make me a necklace
So that I, too, can dance
Well dressed
Across the ancient lands
of Africa

Terry a O'Neal
the authorTerry a O'Neal
Bestselling author, Terry a O’Neal, whose poetry has been published in numerous magazines, journals and newspapers around the world has been named among the most popular African American female writers of our time, featured in a book entitled “Literary Divas: The Top 100+ Most Admired African American Women in Literature”–a list of women who’ve left a mark on the wider world through their writing. O'Neal is the author of four volumes of poetry, Motion Sickness, The Poet Speaks in Black, Good Mornin' Glory, and The Sparrow's Plight; two children's books, Ev'ry Little Soul and My Jazz Shoes; the award-winning novel Sweet Lavender; and two full-length feature screenplays. O’Neal is well-known for her dedication and time devoted to uplifting today’s youth, encouraging them to “carry out their dream, no matter how unlikely it may seem”. She is the editor of the publication, Make Some Noise! A Youth Poetry Anthology, an anthology for youth ages 12-18. In addition to her published works, O'Neal is a film producer and educator. Currently, she is an instructor of English, literature, and communications in higher education in the United States.

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