Through the depths of my soul and the dignity embedded in my spine, I see a reflection as I stare in the mirror each day. I do not want to be the pebble that society looks down on due to being a minority. I refuse to be another statistic on the verge of falling into the world’s “perception” of me. I am stronger than those statistics and I deserve more than just a definition. As I have gained the courage to become a firm leader within my communities, I have learned a great deal about myself in the process. Being a leader is more than understanding. It is about taking the time to give a part of yourself with faith that positivity will stem from it. This is who I am. My name is Nneka J. Howell, further known as Lady Poet. I am simply and uniquely made whole.