My life changed dramatically when I gave birth to the three of you. I didn’t realize how much of a blessing being a mother would be to me. Having the ability to reproduce, and bring life to human beings who would ultimately continue my legacy. However I didn’t realize the fears that would follow as you all become older, and learn how modern society views you. You’ll grow to be young black men who have many stigmas. You’re viewed as thugs, uneducated, and are often said to eventually end up incarcerated. The bronze color of your skin, and the kinks in your hair are visualized as less than pure. You’ll be eyeballed in public by those who are convinced you pose a threat to their wellbeing, and stereotyped due to the influence of pure ignorance. You’ll face many barriers in life due to these things, however it is up to you to overcome. I know I’m extremely hard on you all, even at the tender ages of 8, 6, and 2. However it is my duty to be sure that the kings your father and I are raising continue to ascend to greater heights. Stay consistent in your studies, education comes first, you’re brilliant beyond measure. Use the tools provided in school to mold the destiny you desire. Follow all the dreams you crave to have, and never allow the words of your doubters prevent you from doing so. You are more than just your skin color, kinky hair, and natural swag. You will grow to become successful, God fearing men who overcome the barriers given to you at birth. I’m proud to be your mother, I only want the best for you, and even though you’re too young to understand at the moment, everything that I do is for the betterment of you, your future, and that I will never apologize for. You’re lineage consist of powerful men and women, kings, and queens who once ruled the vast plains of Africa. The Melanin in your skin is the gold you have inherited, so wear it proudly, hold your head high, and be the strong black daring men you aspire to be.