Black mother embraces preteen girl. Both have natural hair and are wearing black tee shirts.
Photo by Eye for Ebony on Unsplash

We best friends — we cool
Now you holdin on too tight
I need to be mine.

Ajah Hales is a writer, race educator, and social thinker from East Cleveland, Ohio. When her mother asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up, Ajah replied: “A dictator.” These days Ajah is more interested in changing the world than taking it over. You can find Ajah on Twitter @AjahsWrite, you can hire her through