A List of Doctors Who Did Not Help

I HAVE SURVIVED EVERY ATTEMPT TO KILL ME. Photos provided by the author.

This essay is part of The Ferrante Project, a collective of 32 female writers and artists of color experimenting with the freedom of anonymity.

Black women are supposed to have strong backbones but my Black back is jacked.

Before he cracked my neck, the chiropractor told me I had an Atlas tilt at the top of my cervical spine. The weight of the world on my shoulders. It was unclear to me whether the Atlas could be manipulated back into place on its axis.

Ori mi pe, the classic Adire cloth indigo design, literally translates as, “my head is correct.”…


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