I was a teenager when I first started to travel to Black nations in the Caribbean and Africa, there was an ease of being that at the time I could not explain with elegant words and deep analysis. It was simply a feeling. I was living the intersections of being a young Black American woman, armed with an American passport, deeply aware of racism, privileged yet oppressed and living on the periphery of her own nation. Having developed consciousness at a very young age, I still don’t know if I could recognize the seed that was planted. Still I knew I felt better. I felt a weight lifted. I felt seen and wonderfully unseen simultaneously. I felt peace. What I have come to understand as a woman is peace is FREEDOM. Making choices toward freedom has defined me. @freeblackwomanmagazine @tbarnesgloballifestyle