I grew up in Trinidad in the 80s and 90s as a black girl child. To be black in a country that idealizes the curly hair and mixed ethnicity aesthetic, is rough to say the least. I was black to everyone who saw me, which wouldn't bother me if I wasn't treated as less than because of it.
Dear son: It hurts my heart to tell you this. The fact is, some people in this country will first and foremost only see your chocolate skin. And they will judge you for it. They won't want to hear what you have to say. All that will matter to them is your skin tone.
Beauty schools as a whole tend to disregard brown skin in their curriculum, despite the rapidly growing high degree of ethnic spa-goers. Kelly McDonald recently addressed this issue during my interview with her at the International Spa Association's (ISPA) Conference and Expo.
There are certain amenities and qualities which I look for that would satisfy most folks, probably even a FLOTUS. It may surprise you that while luxurious surroundings are always a plus, it is not always my primary requirement.
The prevailing standard of beauty is sending a message to every woman either directly or subliminally , and that is- we're never white enough, thin enough, glossy enough, taut enough or ultimately good enough.
Beck promised on his radio show that "the hammer" would be coming down on me, and that he would devote a week of his TV show to bringing me down. I took that as a "no" to dialogue, but I've decided to go ahead without him.
Arizona's SB 1070 must be named as a social and racial sin, and should be denounced as such by people of faith and conscience across the nation. This is not just about Arizona, but about what kind of country we want to be.