LATINA SLAM POET Denice Frohman nailed why we should not only own, but be proud of our accents.

In this piece called “Accents,” she beautifully and articulately describes her experience of listening to her Latina mom speak. Here’s just a short excerpt, but the whole piece, performed with Frohman’s passionate conviction, is definitely worth a watch.

her tongue can’t lay itself down flat enough
for the English language
it got too much hip
too much bone
too much conga
too much cuatro
to two step
got too many piano keys
in between her teeth,
it got too much clave
too much hand clap
got too much salsa to sit still
it be an anxious child wanting to
make Play-Doh out of concrete
English be too neat
for her kind of wonderful