Black Girl Unlimited: The Remarkable Story of a Teenage Wizard by Echo Brown
You want me to tell you this is a "feel good" story? I can't. This is my life. It's not always pretty, but it's mine. No one can break me as hard as they try. My name is Echo Brown and I am a wizard. Yep...Black girls got magic! How else could we have existed this long? I am a survivor of my poverty stricken neighborhood. That the magic. My parents are drug addicts, and I'm my only hope in a world of oppression and exploitation. That the magic. It's all about the coping. How do I cope when I feel like everything and everyone is against me? It's not enough that I have to fight the white world, but I also have to fight the prisons of my neighborhood, my community, my mind. That the magic. I move between two worlds: the East Side and the West Side, but I have to leave pieces of me and everything I know in the East Side. Regardless of the black veil of depression that threatens me, I transcend that and everything else that tries to hold me back. I am above; I am not beneath.