We Have So Much Room to Grow

CHESEREA DURHAM

I catered a wedding today, which is huge because I run a small cupcake business, Creme Cupcakes. I love when I can be creative, and baking lets me be as extra as I want. In 10 years, hopefully I’ll be in multiple states in the U.S.

 

I feel like I’m one of those people who laughs at the wrong situation. Almost anything can make me laugh. Even the lame dad jokes. I think those are pretty funny.

 

 

It’s just like, we can’t walk in the street. We can’t even be at home sleeping without having to feel scared. Without having to feel — just tired. It’s a very draining feeling. When some of my non-Black friends, when they talk to me about it, I just get so drained because this is my reality every day. And I also have a son. He’s five. He’s too young to understand, but I do know that once he hits a certain age, non-Black people, they’ll be like, ‘Well, he’s not so cute anymore.’ My son just started kindergarten. Seeing how he views the world, he doesn’t process anything as being bad. He’s literally my whole entire world. I love that little boy and I had him when I was 19, so we’re actually really close.

 

I spend a lot of time with my boyfriend, too. I spend a lot of time with my friends. We’ll get one of those fancy cheeseboards that cost like a hundred dollars, and we’ll just snack on that and talk about what our future plans are.”

This is one of 26 interviews with Black women that ran in our 2020 No. 6 print issue.
Photos by Charlee Black.

 

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