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The Journey Begins

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Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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I really enjoyed the introspective parts. “Finding my niche and who I am” section. Not because I didn’t enjoy your take on #BlackAf. I just related to being interested in so many things, the pressure of feeling like you should have more accomplished, and not finishing shit either. I haven’t really watched Black Af, mainly because I was turned off by the fact (to my knowledge) there weren’t any Dark skin Black people starring. Yes, I know Blackness is complexed and comes in so many different shades, nationalities, and ethic backgrounds. I just desire to see less of myself (a lighter skin Black woman) I want to see people who are indeed Black AF.. in skin tone. I understand that we are marginalized people and we all want to feel seen and heard. But I also, know the history of white writers and directors choosing the more “suitable negro” in their eyes, which is light skin, because of its assumed proximity to whiteness. That’s why we (Black people) must, understand and remember that entertainment is stage performance, not everyone can be the “star” all the time, but the shit needs to rotate, someone plays the tambourine someone does the lights, etc. Just to ensure, that the “star” role is rotated and done, in a way that all types Black people stories are told. But that’s a different conversation. Back to my point, I really enjoyed being able to see your perspective and being able to relate to so much. I really hope you don’t put this down.. ever.

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Thank you so much! I definitely understand the “suitable negro” dialogue, but the show is specifically supposed to be about Kenya Barris, the writer for the show and shows such as blackish and America’s Next Top Model. It’s not really a show that’s meant to praise the lighter complexion, it is supposed to be about his life. The whole cast resembles his family and that’s why there are no dark-skin leads. I do believe you should try the show, though. There’s humor and historical context beyond the lack of complexion.

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