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Like a Mother: Poet Staceyann Chin Chronicles Her Queer and Challenging Path to Parenthood in Motherstruck! | The Glow Up | The Root

The first time I heard Staceyann Chin perform, it was (at the risk of dating myself) during the early...

The first time I heard Staceyann Chin perform, it was (at the risk of dating myself) during the early aughts Broadway run of Def Poetry Jam, where the poet and activist joined a diverse crew of talents onstage at New York City’s Longacre Theatre for nearly 200 performances, before the show closed in 2003. Even then, with my years at the uber-progressive bastion that is Sarah Lawrence College behind me and more in New York City accruing, I was struck by Chin’s candor about life as a multicultural, immigrant lesbian, and her demand to be recognized in a world that still struggles with doing so, over 15 years later.

Following Chin’s trajectory in the years since (sometimes in overlapping social circles), it was a delight to hear of the arrival of adorable daughter Zuri, and to subsequently be regaled with social media posts of the young activist-in-training, as Chin taught her daughter how to be conscious and courageous in a marginalized world.

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