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FUN A DAY 2019 #4: Princess Trojan

Her hair was styled into shoulder length braids that had colorful strands of yarn, sometimes deep purple, other times bright teal, woven into them. She often said that she was ‘tired’ — as in, fed u more...

Her hair was styled into shoulder length braids that had colorful strands of yarn, sometimes deep purple, other times bright teal, woven into them. She often said that she was ‘tired’ — as in, fed up, exhausted by shitty people, sick of their recklessness, tired of them, tired of waiting for the world to become good and beautiful and kind — but her deep brown eyes, always bright, never looked it. Sometimes she really was sleep deprived, and her youthful face would look a little dehydrated, her dark complexion would take on an ashen sort of tinge, but her face was always expressive. Her laugh was loud, but her voice was soft, and she tended to communicate her more negative or skeptical reactions with her face, widening her already round eyes, flaring her ‘Jackson Five nostrils’, pulling her full lips back into a broad grimace. She wasn’t unkind, but she could be delightfully brutal when it came to cultural objects or ‘activists’ who deserved her ire.
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She dressed modestly, always fully covering her slender but curvy body, in layers of band shirts and loose sweaters and leggings and long kilts. She also liked to experiment with ‘unwearable’ lipsticks, in blacks, greys, blues, and dark greens and purples, and so the overall effect was ‘Black Catholic School Girl’s Alterna-Goth-Punk Dream Wardrobe/Superhero costume’. In public, she tended to both stand out and blend in, almost always visible, both as a Black person and a girl in ‘quirky’ dress, in spaces dominated by white kids, where she stayed quiet and avoided unnecessary conflict and harassment when possible. At home and in friends’ cars and kitchens, she put on music, often mid to late ‘90s classics, she made terrible puns while sautéing vegetables, she mimed awkward dance moves and shared anecdotes about her childhood interests in grunge, Janet Jackson, and creative non-fiction. She was a sensitive goofball, and seemingly unaware of how encouraging and comforting her silliness could be.
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She was also resigned to a certain level of abjection, though. She was a diligent and generous correspondent, and we traded emails about being gay non-yt women who felt and structurally were alienated from mainstream society. Her writing was clear and strong and both hilarious and angry, and even though her words could be painful to process, I read her words over and over again. Her solidarity and friendship were real, and her sincerity and affection were sometimes difficult to accept. She was committed, though, to feigning fearlessness when necessary, and to unlearning the habit of taking responsibility for other peoples’ insecurities and anxieties.
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