Out and Away

I stare out the window of the Isuzu Trooper as our driver careens through the streets of Dar Es Salaam, shocked. The pretty faces of women smiling back at me actually look like me. Now I should not have been so taken aback by this. After all Tanzania is a majority Black African nation, a fact I […]

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Black and Brown, Part III

“Hola Daniella, please come in”, Wendy, Raquel’s Mom, said as I stepped through the door. It was spring 1995, the end of my freshman year in high school. A few months earlier Raquel’s family moved from the South End and bought a house in West Seattle. I was sad when Raquel first told me of the […]

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Shades of Blackness: Tisha

“Chile, what’s wrong with you? What you over there cryin fo?”, my Grandma asked. “It’s the kids at school”, I replied through my tears, “they keep picking on me!” “For what?” “For being black, for being dark…” “Aww girl”, Grandma said as she sucked her teeth, “girl please! I told you how it was in […]

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