Topic: Skin Tone

Carlton Mackey, Creator of 50 Shades of Black

Carlton Mackey is an artist and the creator of 50 Shades of Black, a grassroots empowerment campaign Combining the arts with personal stories, 50 Shades of Black explores the complex relationship between sexuality and skin tone in the formation of Black identity. 50 Shades of Black is one of four signature projects of BEAUTIFUL IN […]

The Magnificent Sum of My Parts. A Personal Story

African, Native American, Irish, and Italian: The Magnificent Sum of My Parts. A Personal Story My name is Linda Simpson [Bradford] Jenkins. I am the youngest of three siblings, and the only biological child of my parents’ union. I grew up in a deeply spiritual family who loved and fought fiercely for what they believed […]

Reflections of an Undercover Black Girl. Personal Story

Reflections of an Undercover Black Girl. A Personal Story by Stacy Jethroe 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 living in a 1970’s San Francisco, I looked exactly like what I was: a […]

The Struggles Of A Mixed Girl: Identity by Shanese Steele

The Struggles Of A Mixed Girl: Identity by Shanese Steele (When she was 22 years old) Who am I? I find myself asking this question constantly, and with each passing year the answer seems to change. Being mixed or multiracial has not always been easy for me and it has been a struggle to try […]

A Personal Reflection Of Colorism in Black Society

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 Native American, Caribbean (Belize) and African ancestry. My maternal great grandmother was full-blood Native of Cheraw/Yamassee and Seminole ancestry. She passed away when I was three or four […]

I am not just one part I am whole, A Personal Story

My name is Simone DiCristofano, and this is my story…  In school, or even outside of school, I have always been gawked at just because I looked different. I have thick long hair down to my waist, tan/medium skin, and almond, deep set eyes. People would always ask me what my race was, and I […]

Crossin’ The Color-Line, Poetry by Bonnie Walker

“I dream a world where PEACE prevails, where JUSTICE is a way of life, where EQUALITY is a given, and where LOVE is the answer to ALL questions and actions!” ~Bonnie Walker “Crossin’ The Color-Line”, Poetry by Bonnie Walker who is a dedicated world advocate, and a truly amazing human being who has been working […]
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