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Personal stories of contemporary realities, our ancestral past, and our liberated future. We collect and share personal stories of people around the world and their ancestors on the issues of race, colorism, heritage and identity. Releasing the personal stories is a powerful experience and can serve as a form of liberation for other people who have had similar stories.  That is the amazing thing about sharing stories...we soon realize we are not alone. We value your voice and would love to give it a platform to be heard. We personally invite you to join us on this journey of discovery and healing. Share Your Story.

Bridging the Gap: A Personal Reflection Of Colorism In Black Society And The Struggle To Decolonize by Ronica Bey. My family’s heritage reflects deep southern roots as well as indigenous…
Bridging The Gap: Personal Story of a Modern Day Cultural Genocide Survivor. My name is Wayne William Snellgrove. The story I wish to share with you is about the pain…
The Struggles Of A Mixed Girl: Identity by 22 year old Shanese Steele. Who am I? I find myself asking this question constantly, and with each passing year the answer…
I’ve been in the practice of storytelling through art since elementary school. I didn’t begin to tell my own story, however, until graduate school, where I wrote about the adventures…
My skin is tan. My hair is wavy. In Nina Simone’s “Four Women” I might be considered a Saffonia, though my father was neither rich nor white. As a child…
Mexican, French Creole, Gang Interventionist: The Story of the Future Mayor of Inglewood. I am a 2nd generation gang member born in raised in Inglewood, California. I'm Mexican mixed with…
Allowing Pieces of my Being to Become Visible by Tya Anthony. For the past 9 month I've been involved in an on going self exploration study on identity. For my…
I AM NOT JUST ONE PART...I AM WHOLE. My name is Simone DiCristofano, and this is my story... In school, or even outside of school, I have always been gawked…
AFRICAN, NATIVE AMERICAN, IRISH, & ITALIAN: The Magnificent Sum of My Parts - My name is Linda Simpson [Bradford] Jenkins. I am the youngest of three siblings, and the only…
I DETERMINE WHO I AM -a personal story by Philippe from Africa for our 9th weekly Bridging the Gap series on I Love Ancestry in partnership with 50 Shades of…
RED BONE WITH BLUE EYES -a reflection on my journey for personal self-identity by photo-culturalist and 50 Shades of BLACK International Project Coordinator. Does the lack of melanin in my…
BRIDGING THE GAP: I'M A TOAST SHADE OF YELLOW IN THE SUMMER - A Woman Reflects on Misconceptions of Skin Tone. I love to sit in a quiet place and…
WHAT IF BARACK OBAMA WERE THE SAME SHADE AS WESLEY SNIPES? A Haitian male reflection on the complexity of skin tone. I would like to provide my own perspective as…
BRIDGING THE GAP: BLOOD, SWEAT, & TEARS -a personal story by Gabs shared in partnership with 50 Shades of BLACK. As a young woman of a more slightly reddish-brown complexion,…
BRIDGING THE GAP: THREE KIDS, THREE SHADES -a personal story by Renee Bledsol. I am the mother of three wonderful souls who range in skin tone from golden to chocolaty.…
YELLOW GIRL -a personal story (shared anonymously as blacklifeandlove) I used to be called "Yellow. Light bright. White girl." You name it. I was between a "yellowish" tan, with clear…
Growing up.... Long before I knew why, I was aware that being lighter made me different and in the mind of some in my family, made me better. I didn't…
I am raising a biracial son. I watch him engage in the world with little fear and with bold curiosity. He trusts me. He believes the things that I tell…

 

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