It be like an incurable disease
More so a death sentence
It seems as if Negroes were born to wait in
a long line to meet our blackness in death
We waiting for the other shoe to drop or
the other rope
Getting sized for our own lynching
Making sure our ropes fit good
Oh how blatant it is
And yet, still, we are trying to prove it
How many more lungs do we have to fill
with screams for you to see?
How many more bodies do you have to see
I don't know the answers anymore
All I know is America doesn't like to use
white paint to mark streets, they rather
Must be the tint of it when it dries
All I know is I am still breathing and I'm
clearly waiting in a death line with all the
other Black folks
I must be further at the end cause I'm still
I might as well make it count?
Bria Samoné Henderson is a talented young actress from Richmond, VA who, currently, is appearing in FX's MRS. AMERICA on Hulu opposite Cate Blanchett, Uzo Aduba, Rose Byrne, Elizabeth Banks, Margo Martindale, Niecy Nash, and Sarah Paulson. She earned her MFA in Acting from the University of Washington's Professional Actor Training Program. Along with acting, Bria is also a spoken word artist and has traveled the world-- from the Apollo Theatre to Akure, Nigeria, sharing her words.