My Black is Beautiful

By Sierra, age 16, California

This poem is inspired by "My Black is Beautiful", a movement affirming the beauty of African-American women everywhere. For more info, go to

My black is beautiful,
the warmth of my skin,
the curve of my hips.
The depth in my bones,
and the brown of my eyes.
My black is beautiful,
as beautiful as the sun in the sky,
or the wind off the sea.
I am me, and I am black.
I am beautiful, fact for fact.
The color of my skin does not dictate my life,
or the way that I dream.
I am me, and I am black,
and that black is beautiful.
Just like the blue of your eyes,
and the length of your legs,
like the wind in your hair,
and the trim of a sail.
I am me, I am black, and that is beautiful.
No doubt in my mind, that you are you,
and you too are beautiful.
No matter your life,
or the pigment of your skin,
you are you, and you are beautiful.
and We,
side by side,
beautiful, for the world to see.
I am Black, and my Black, like you, is Beautiful.

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
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- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
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- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
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- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
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- The 30 hour famine
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- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
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- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
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- I don't care (poetry)
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