ROLE MODEL OF THE WEEK,CASSIANNE MARTINA LAWRENCE FROM JAMAICA – AUTHOR & POET

CLaw was born Cassianne Martina Lawrence in Kingston Jamaica. At the age of 7, she moved to the Cayman Islands to live with her mother and brother. Growing up in Cayman was easy but also very challenging, being a black woman “yes I am going there as it determines and dictates a lot of how CLaw became CLaw.” Growing up in Cayman as a black woman was not easy, I was teased about my skin and my hair as well as my nationality. I was called names such as ching ching which is a blackbird, described to be, black like tar, Tar baby, picky head, black Jamaican and the list goes on.

It may sound funny but as a child having to endure that being described as ugly compared to the light skinned or white females, it was tough. I had a lot of insecurities growing up because of it and still struggle even today at 27 years old.

 

To mask and hide behind toughness, I started playing sports. I knew I had a talent for it, so I did and I played every sport available to me, making national teams traveling for the country, winning medals and trophies, it was the only way I could escape my insecurities well that and writing.

 

Writing became a part of me very early in my life but I was too insecure to share it with anyone. Moving to Germany, namely Berlin gave me the platform and the opportunity to showcase my hidden talent. I got my first chance at the poetry meets hip-hop series curated by Jumoke Adeyanju, a brilliant poetess/songstress, and superwoman she has inspired me to walk in my greatness and truth even though she may not know it.

 

After my first show, I felt alive and knew that writing was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I started a children’s book series called afro kid three years ago and am just now in the illustrating/publication process, I am working on a poetry book and a multitude of other projects. Twenty-seven years after birth and CLaw being held back because of harsh words that were spoken, I am now in my element and speaking my truth one word, one sentence, one paragraph, one page at a time.

 

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