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    God Et. Al Never U Ever

    By Joy Lynn Clark 8/17/2020 I have been working on my latest song. Just for fun. Since I decided to speak about the things that I like to do religiously I wonder, is it appropriate to declare that I am non-religious? Also, should the new byline be titled: God et al never u ever? I just don’t have any faith in god anymore. The closest I get to Jesus and Mary is a Prostitute. As an Indigenous American I have looked at our history: displacement and colonization. I get into the moral norms that many religions seem to offer. They do sound appealing. Do not steal, but you stole our…

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    I Just Can’t Afford To Barely Pass

    By Joy Lynn Clark 7/29/2020 I was an overachiever at the things that I thought I could go for. My skin is barely passing. I don’t pass for white, black, black and white, Hispanic, or Asian even. The way it’s always seem to be more established. The blacks always seem to get the job. The black and whites (A.k.a. the mulatto’s) seems sort of established and they usually get the job too. The Hispanics are really cultural and these days people are interested. The natives well, we keep to ourselves or go for whats passing. I was raised in a, “colored” community. Growing up I never really knew what to…

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    Overprocessed

    6/30/2020 Joy Lynn Clark I have always been self-conscious about my look. Most of the time I just cover my hair. With hats at first then head wraps. Growing up I never really knew how to care for it. My hair is thick and gold. From time to time my mom or my step mom will take me to the salon where they would take hours to process my hair and then they would swear I have color and have to chop it off. Everybody loves the color of my hair and everybody hates the texture. Overprocessed is a word that I dread. I have heard this word my entire…

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    Bias

    By Joy Lynn Clark 6/17/2020 Last time I went to see my family on Chicago’s northside I raised my voice at my grandmother for the first time. There we were sitting in my Aunt Gloria’s apartment watching MSNBC. I have always felt that they slant towards Trump. It is weird since it seems like everyone hates him there but, yet and still they talk about him all day. In recent times, I have decided that I like the stimulus check however, that was voted on by Congress. Anyhow, we are sitting there with grandma and she points out something like, “Trump isn’t going to let us get a stimulus” in…

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