Is His Dad White?

By SpelHouselove © SpelHouselove A few years ago, I took Amari to a MLT info session in New York. Hubby came when he got off work to look after Amari as I served on a volunteer panel. As the Citi staff were setting up the venue, two women asked me if Amari’s dad was white. […]

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Multicultural Crayons

I have to say the mahogany Crayon is a close match to the color of my skin. Ken is more of an apricot, while the girls have peach tones. I stumbled upon Crayola’s Mutlicultural Crayons while conducting research for this blog. They come in skin tone hues so that children can create realistic pictures of their […]

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Spoken Word

An excerpt of I Have Bi-racial Hair By Zora Howard I have bi-racial hair, Those smooth and silk rafts hanging all through my mane, Until you get to the back, and encounter the jungle, in which you can find Tarzan and Jane. In the front you forget and relax in the pleasure, Until you get […]

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Conversations

Soon after Simone was born, my maternal grandmother told me how she felt. “You didn’t do nothing for yourself,” she said. “Well, Mom was light-skinned,” I said. “Light-skinned? That child ain’t light-skinned. She’s Caucasian.” “Don’t you think she has my eyes and nose?” “Nah, she is the spitting image of Ken, like he went, ‘puh,’” […]

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A Kiss Is Just A Kiss

One day I picked up Simone from preschool and her friend, who is white, asked me if I was Simone’s mother. Simone and the girl had been standing at a gate, where parents pick up their children. The little girl wanted to know if Simone would be leaving for the day. I answered the little […]

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That Color All Over

My mother loved to tell a story about a bath I took with a little girl I had asked to spend the night with me. We were 4 or 5 at the time. This little girl — no one quite remembers her name— and I took cues from Mom. “Don’t forget about your ears.” “Make sure […]

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