“Sista, Be Free,” by Tanya Barnett

By Tanya Barnett • 


Come close so you can hear me.
You’ve endured for too long.

The time has finally come to shed the shackles.

No more shrinking.
No more hiding.
No more playing safe.
No more accepting abuse.
No more lying to ourselves.
No more ignoring the pain.

It’s time for you to be free to…..
Bask, Believe, Breathe, Cry
Dance, Desire, Educate, Feel
Give, Grow, Hope, Laugh
Live, Love, March, Meditate
Mourn, Pivot, Pray, Protest, Purify
Read, Receive, Reflect, Reject
Release, Rest, Restart, Run
Sage, Scream, Serve, Sleep
Speak, Support, Transform, Transition
Travel, Weep, Write

Go forth and be free.


Tanya Barnett is a veteran and advocate, anti-racist Womanist, author, an adjunct professor, and a 2018 N.A.A.C.P. Hall of Famer. She has been featured on OWNTV, Essence Magazine, Huffington Post, The Today Show, Tom Joyner Morning Show, TEDx, Johns Hopkins University, NAACP, Congressional Black Caucus, FBI, EPA, Good Morning Washington, Great Day Washington, etc. She’s a 2x triathlete and 2x marathoner, historical fiction lover, wife, mom and an energetic Glam-ma.