I always wanted what I used to think of as a unique name- like Naomi, Earth, Maya, Sade, Tierney, Niara or Veronica- at least something not so common. Instead, I grew up a Kelley alongside many, many Kellies, at one point being one of six in a middle school English class. Yea.. But Kelley does translate to warrior and I’ve been rocking with it for quite some time..I mean it could be worse like Annie or Beth-or Matilda! Right. So I guess I’ll stick with it.

Give your daughters difficult names that command the full use of tongue. My name makes you want to tell me the truth. My name doesn’t allow me to trust anyone that cannot pronounce it right.

-Warsan Shire




  1. Silksache't · May 20, 2016

    yassssssssssssssssssss she made me love the hell outta my name, I felt every bit of doesnt matter if you have what some would deem “unique” or “common”. As long as you wear your name with pride like she stated, you can do no wrong.

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  2. 10000hoursleft · May 20, 2016

    Ha! I love this. I get a quick snapshot of a person by how they react to my name, and the kind of questions they ask. It’s ‘mekdes’ but I’ve taken control of its prounciation by just using ‘mek’. Worst question? ‘What nationality are you from?’ The question doesn’t even make sense and says a lot about the person asking it…

    Warrior! Cool! My name is an architectural feature- a part of the Ethiopian orthodox church where sacred stuff is kept. Essential, a part of the church where only certain men can enter hahaha.

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  3. Kushite Prince · May 20, 2016

    Beautiful video! Powerful words from this sista!

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  4. Elissa aka Ginger · May 23, 2016

    I always hated that my name was different when I was growing up. Now I love that it is.

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