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Actress Thandie Newton called herself dark-skinned in a convo about representation in Hollywood and Black folk didn't take too kindly to it.

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Wale is talented. He has been overlooked at times over the years. But I don't really think it has much to do with his complexion.

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Honestly, it's become the Oppression Olympics, and that's not going to help anybody or change anything.

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During a Beauty Con discussion, Zendaya talked about using her privilege as a light-skinned actress to show the diversity of Black women.

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Colorism, Featured, Life as a Black Girl, light skin -

By: Diamond Durant I was always told I was black. I was black, but not quite black enough or not black black but still black to say the least. I was told that in my life, I would have certain privileges. Privileges that darker women would not be able to acquire and I should be […]

The post The Secret Life of An African-American Light Skinned Girl  appeared first on MyBlackMatters.

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By: Atinuke “You’ve become darker” “Wow your lips are so full” Those were two statements I heard so many times while I was growing up in Nigeria. They were not necessarily derogatory comments, after all they were facts about me, but they were spoken with such negativity. My parents would say it with a hint of […]

The post What a Time to Be Black appeared first on MyBlackMatters.

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By: Rachel Anderson Now don’t get me wrong, I have always known I was adopted. Take one look at my parents and then me. Either they’ve severally tanned me since birth, and changed every one of my physical traits to the opposite of theirs, or they’re not my biological parents. Yeah, I’m gonna go with […]

The post The Struggles of Being a Transracial Adoptee appeared first on MyBlackMatters.

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By: Madison Jones As a biracial child, growing up in a white household was definitely detrimental to my development into a woman of color but through the detriment I was able to learn a lot about myself. Having no knowledge of my race caused the majority of my life to be a period of insecurity […]

The post Growing Up Biracial in a White Household appeared first on MyBlackMatters.

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Colorism, Dark Skin, Issues, Life as a Black Girl, light skin -

By: Taylor Lamb When discussing “problems in the black community” many black people like to claim that we are the ones holding ourselves back. They say we as a race have a variety of problems that make it impossible for us to advance. A commonly touted idea is that we are too divisive, always finding […]

The post Light Skinned Girls and Colorism appeared first on MyBlackMatters.

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By: Marsae Johnson If I had a dollar for every time I heard   “you’re pretty for a dark girl” Bill Gates wouldn’t even be on my level. And what does that even mean? “You’re pretty for a dark girl” like beauty is forbidden fruit to those blessed with melanin. I know way too many dark […]

The post Token Dark Girl appeared first on MyBlackMatters.

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By: Shanae Cain Growing up I have questioned myself countless times “Where do I fit in?” My skin has defined me. My hair has defined me. Even the way I speak has defined me. Defined me as what? My skin is not dark. My hair is kinky, and I am an aspiring writer, with good […]

The post Being Mixed is Not Easy appeared first on MyBlackMatters.

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By: Anjola Coker African Booty Scratcher, Nappy Hair, AIDS, Dirty; those were a few of the words chanted at me as I progressed through middle school as a new Immigrant to the Unites States. At the age of nine years old my father, mother, two siblings and I emigrated from Nigeria to Canada and then […]

The post African In America, Bridging the Cultural Divide Between Africans and African Americans appeared first on MyBlackMatters.

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This video is very eye- opening and shows the importance of loving ourselves and passing it on to the next generation. By doing this we can ensure that the responses in this video change and become what they should truly be. Write For Us

The post The Doll Test appeared first on MyBlackMatters.

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By Ewurama Appiagyei-Dankah To Members of the Black Community who insist on supporting Rachel Dolezal: Don’t. What Rachel Dolezal did was wrong. Entirely and completely wrong. Her support for the black community is wonderful, and the fact that she is so passionate about the issues facing the black community is something that I, without a […]

The post To Members of the Black Community who insist on supporting Rachel Dolezal appeared first on MyBlackMatters.

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Most discussions on race focus on conflicts between whites and generalized communities of color. A new study by “The Sentencing Project” expands our awareness of the impact of racial prejudices to include differences in how African-Americans of different skin tones are treated. In their study, “The Impact of Light Skin on Prison Time for Black […]

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