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India Arie explains in her song how she expressing herself and how she feels comfortable with her natural hair. In her song, she uses certain words and movements, where you can tell she explores self-love. In the song, she says "Hey, I am not my hair, I am not this skin, I am not your expectations, no, I am not my hair, I am not this skin, I am the soul that lives within". She says that she doesn't need to meet peoples expectations or be a certain way to be beautiful. Throughout many years people have been judged based on their skin colors, and they have to be a certain color to be beautiful, but those are just stereotypes. She also says " Does the way I wear my hair, determines my integrity?, I am expressing my creativity". India is saying how her hair doesn't determine who she is, or anything she is just being herself. India is boosting her self-confidence and feels proud of how she looks and definitely how her hair looks too.
Maya Angelou's poem talks about how when a struggle is put her way, she pushing through it and rises. The poem explores the theme self love, and how she shows confidence throughout each stanza. Maya says "You may trod me in the very dirt, but still, like dust, I’ll rise.". She is saying that even with the disrespect that others are giving her, that she is showing resilience and strength. She writes "Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear I rise, bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave, I am the dream and the hope of the slave. I rise, I rise, I rise". She addresses the white oppressors of black people, that a black woman can speak for herself, for other blacks, and even for her ancestors. The relates to self love because she is encouraging herself that she doesn't need the white oppressors to bring her down, she is boosting her confidence already.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi text explores how being a black person can come with lots of hardships if you don't act a certain way. Chimamanda portrays how she doesn't feel like she sees herself as a black person, and doesn't like the way her hair looks. " I'm so ugly, I'm scared of myself... I hate my hair. I can't go to work today". She thinks that she feels so uncomfortable with her hair, that she doesn't even want to go outside. She doesn't like her hair natural, she wants it long, and straight. She then realized that her friend Wambui was posting about her and they were saying positive comments about her hair. She showed Imfilma that she was beautiful just the way she is, and how her hair looks. Imfilma ended up trying it out and got many compliments and found out that she is beautiful. " Jamilah's words made me remember that there is nothing more beautiful than what God gave me".