4. Kareem Parkins-Brown

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The black that fits in nowhere but the description. The black that sneezes and makes the

police suit up in riot gear. The black that gets on the news and freestyles on the mic.

The black that dances naturally like there’s always guns pointed at its feet. The

black that always has to argue to be here. The black that came out of its mother as a parental advisory sticker. The black that can twerk and get a degree. The black that

was saying twerk almost a decade ago. The black that pitches its voice higher so the ambulance comes quicker. The black that isn’t allowed to be a kid. The black they applauded at the poetry show and still crossed the road from after. The black that

expects the revolution to take place over a Tupac song. The black that cried for its

son in front of a police car, sirens flashing but silent: looking like the soundtrack to the American Flag. The black that gets sued for leaving a dent in the hood. The black that is always caught doing things it should not be: waiting for the bus, using big words, being surprised by the verdict.