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Fairest Of Them All: Effects of Skin Lightening in Asia and the U.S.

  Skin lightening is not a new topic, both here in the U.S. and aboard. Unblemished fair skin has been sought after for centuries, holding classist and racist undertones that still persist today. In particular, Asian countries have a strong… Continue Reading →

Poem: The Stretch Mark

My body has marks Some of them are dark Some are around my waist Some are near my face My thighs have lines but they are fine. I’m just me So let me be B E A U T I… Continue Reading →

Poem: Skin Tone

“You’re pretty for a black girl.” Thanks, if you had black skin, you could be beautiful, too. Little brown girl My skin is brown So I never frown Never let anything get me down Always wearing my crown … and… Continue Reading →

Colorism: You’re Pretty for a Dark Skinned Girl

  Colorism in the black community, not a new concept, but also not acknowledged as much as it should be. The black community is well versed in racism, but are often oblivious to colorism. Colorism is the prejudicial or preferential… Continue Reading →

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