Be Inspired: Poet Inspires Black Girls With Ghetto Names

In the midst of all things Raven-Symone’ (and her humiliating disdain for “discriminatory names”), it’s refreshing to see another black woman who’s crazy in love with her own ghetto name.


Spoken word artist Shacondria, as known as iCONtheARTIST, took us on a personal journey of the complexities of growing up with a ghetto name.

In two short minutes, her saga included questioning her mother’s decision for naming her Shacondria to encouraging other ghetto named black girls to be proud of their strong, endearing names. Instead of shortening their names for job applications and resumes, a struggle Shacondria seems to know well, she encourages girls and women to use their birth names with confidence.

The poet dedicated this piece to actress Quvenzhane’ Wallis two years ago when she faced racism and name discrimination at the 2013 Oscars. Now two years later, those same obstacles lie in our faces with little hope of changing.

Chilling and befitting of current times, this throwback spoken word is one to watch and be inspired by.

To all Black girls with ‘Ghetto Names’, this one’s for you

Ariel C. Williams is the author of The Girl Talk Chronicles and Editor-in-Chief of Slay Culture. She’s on Twitter as @ArielSaysNow.

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