Can Mixed Black Girls Be Accepted As Is?

Photo Credit: Model Dilia Martins by Jessica Mahaffey for Harper’s Bazaar   Two mixed teen girls in my life have been grappling with similar negative circumstances with ‘mean girl’ peers assuming they are not black at all or not black enough. The confusion of other people when they look and then judge light skin mixed black girls really does take…
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Where Are The Teachers of Color in NYC Independent Schools?

Like all mothers, I want the best for my kid. I’m one of those parents that decided to sacrifice a lot to send my kid to private school in NYC. To be honest, it’s a serious struggle to do so. I grew up as a mixed kid in Long Island, as the only mixed family in sight, went to predominantly…
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16 Tips to Empower Mixed Black Teen Girls in White Suburbs

Lately I’ve heard of the struggles of mixed black teenagers trying to navigate being different in majority white surroundings in America.  I’ve been through it and felt the need to share my tips to empower mixed black teen girls in predominantly white suburbia. As a biracial girl (Burundian, Italian & German Jewish) growing up in Long Island, I realized early…
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Childhood Trials of a Mixed Girl’s Hair

My friend texted me recently from a salon in NYC specializing in curly hair. “I couldn’t help but think of you,” she stated.  She preceded to tell me a little black girl, with her hair in a bun, came into the salon, with her white Mom.  When the girl’s bun was taken out it revealed a humongous knot of hair…
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