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“I definitely went through that phase [of being caught up in skin tones]. I didn’t understand that phase because I was young. My sister told me stories and I don’t remember them, but I know she’s not lying. She told me that she remembered me telling her that I wanted to be white. My sister is seven years older than me and she remembers asking me, “why you wanna be white?”  As a kid, a lot of the TV shows and commercials you see, it’s the image that white is better I guess. I had a friend hit me on Facebook from first grade and we were talking about Black Lives Matter along with everything going on in America. She was saying, “I’m proud of you because I remember we were sitting at lunch and I remember you saying you wanted to be a white girl.” I’m like I didn’t remember that either, but these are real stories. Feeling like my skin tone didn’t make me good enough. I had pride in myself but didn’t like going outside and playing too long in the sun cause you don’t want to get too black and get joked on.  And this is already coming from the place of not feeling good enough compared to how dark or light your skin tone is. Then there’s seeing guys always seeming to want the redbone or light skinned girls with the “good hair.” And you know that’s not true, there’s no such thing as good or bad hair, just healthy hair. When I got into music through the likes of Queen LatifahMC Lyte and especially Lauryn Hill along with watching shows like The Cosby Show and A Different World. I learned I am good enough and black is beautiful. Learning where I come from and the culture all influenced me. That turned my world around to what it's supposed to be. That’s how it helped me. Also, having older sisters to check me and being around strong black women.” - Rapsody


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