Being Named Shenequa Doesn't Make Me Ghetto

My name is Shenequa. I’m black and I’m from Queens, N.Y. My mother had me when she was 16 years old and my dad wasn’t really around. So, yes. I fit the urban, fatherless stereotype.

But peep this: I’m smart. I’m funny. I’m clever. I’m not anyone’s baby mother or “wifey.” I have a college degree. I know which fork to use at a table setting. I can properly pronounce “salmon” as opposed to the commonly mispronounced word “SAL-mon.”(Who started that trend?) I know who the president of Afghanistan is. I’m chasing my dreams and I’m just the bees-knees.