By Andrea Michelle
If you have reached a certain age in life, educational background, socioeconomic status or professional level, chances are that at one point in time you’ve looked around and said … “Damn, am I the only one!?”
Yup, you are. And whether you’ve come to terms with it or not, congratulations, you may be a token. Welcome to the club. We need you.
Not everyone can keep it so real that it goes horribly wrong or keep it one hundred to the point that you end up at zero. I come from a world where good diction and elocution pay the bills, being slightly corny is appreciated, code-switching is essential and assimilation means exclusive access. Access inspires growth and with growth comes more opportunities. My goal for my increased opportunities is more access, growth and opportunity for others who look like me. So with my mahogany Letter T firmly in place, this is my nod to all the other lonely trailblazing tokens out there; the unsung heroes straightening our hair, suppressing our swag, sweating in suits, suffering in hard bottom shoes, breaking barriers and taking a few hits from The Man for the home team. I see you.
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