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By: Nicole Stevenson As a child I was always called cute or pretty, and aside from my extremely awkward preteen years I had come to accept this as fact. Even though I had insecurities about my appearance, like most girls, I had truly embraced that others around me might find me attractive. It wasn’t until I […]

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By: Stephanie Babatunde _______________________________________ March 28, 2007 Dear Diary, I am still dark skin. I’ve been scrubbing my face really hard with soap and water for a while now but the darkness in my skin won’t go away. I pray one day I’ll be able to scrub the ugliness away so I can be a […]

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By: Tife Kusoro There I was, no more than a few days ago, walking out of a classroom after being called ‘blick’ by a teacher. It is a word that is so well acquainted with my ears that I no longer have to listen properly to hear it. Blick. My childhood overflowed with endless remarks […]

The post From Nigeria to the UK: How I Learned to Love My Dark Skin appeared first on MyBlackMatters.

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By: Etta Joy In an article I recently read, the writer desperately tells dark skinned girls to stop using skin bleaching products . She says and I quote, “your skin is not dirt that needs to cleaned out like yesterday’s shirt.” That line got me thinking, why do people think that bleaching your skin is the proper thing to do when […]

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By: Monica Windom Now i’m sure everyone within the black female community is aware of what colorism is. For those not familiar, let’s briefly catch you up! Colorism is the discrimination against darker skin tones and it happens typically within the same racial group. It once affected my views on myself because it made me feel […]

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By:Elise Nabelle As a dark skinned girl of African descent, having grown up in London with many cultures and races around me, I always believed and understood myself to be proud of my identity, race and culture. I was always aware of direct racism, like the KKK, the Apartheid and the US Civil Rights movement, […]

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By: Melissa Issa-Boubé Comments of my skin tone filled my childhood and adulthood. When I was born, on my birth certificate, the nurse labeled my race as “chocolate,” a tag that remains today. Catcalling men yell, “Hey sweet chocolate!” and women often ask for my skin care regimen. I have heard people say, “Your skin tone […]

The post #MelaninEVERYDAY: Growing Up Dark and Loving It 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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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By:Ireti Akinrinade My father is from Nigeria and my mother is from New York. I am much darker than my straight-from-Africa father, and it has impacted me much in the way most people who suffer from colorism are impacted. There is a feeling that comes from realizing that you’re different and the cultural stigma and […]

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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 […]

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Dark Skin, Life as a Black Girl, Self-Esteem -

By:Petrena Notice The melanin in my skin seems to be a problem. Though not to me, at least not anymore, the society that I live in sees it as the lower ranking color. Black is not beautiful, it is not as beautiful as those with blond hair and blue eyes. Beauty should have no color, […]

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Dark Skin, Life as a Black Girl -

By: Tia Miller Growing up in today’s society, I, like many of others realized at a young age that the world’s standard of beauty was centered on euro-centric features & qualities. This standard of beauty excludes most black women and usually consists of white women with pale skin, straightened hair, small noses, and small waists. […]

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By: Joshua T. Before we get started please scroll down and look at the tweets below. They are examples of the types of tweets that I would have posted in the past.(These are not my actual tweets) Click here to view Tweets If you’re reading this then the title probably drew you in. I am […]

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Dark Skin, Featured, Hair, Life as a Black Girl, Self-Esteem -

By:Obria Shaw In today’s society a non-African American female may look through our window and see progress. They will see us glorified on social media for our melanin and tightly coiled 4c hair textures. They will see endless collages of females embracing their heritage like they are proud of every imperfection that graces their bodies. […]

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