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henderson-brown , zakia

zakia lorraine henderson-brown

Years: 2012, 2013


though human, zakia is from outer space. 


Hattie Predates Contemporary Rap Principles


Why should I complain about making $700 a week playing a maid? If I didn’t, I’d be making $7 a week being one —Hattie McDaniel


Chiaroscuro servicewear

wraps each meaty crevice


a crisp scarf tied low

on the forehead  


holds audiences  



to her eyes and voice.

Be a spangle


her own people said

an object we can want                        


to lick; show your night-

colored cleavage          (be like Lena).


But her paper chase

led to an old burnt tree


she hoisted herself up

the fat trunk of


stacking bread            

amid the branches


a little dough for the trouble

emerging crowned


in the largesse

of gardenias.