“Can you write a director’s statement? Just something that defines you.” My publicist left that on a voicemail. I wanted to call her up and ask her, “Melissa, what do you mean by “define”? Can you define ‘Define’?”
The rules of miscegenation were set long before I came along, and my self-determination to “be myself” was not going to change it.
I will never be the person I thought I was going to be and there is no way to know who else I might have been if I hadn't had to deal with mental illness.
Although I was Somali and Muslim just like everyone else, it seemed as though everything about me screamed “not from here."