momma, I wanna be light-skinned

 
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Growing up in the south, I witnessed the damaging polarity of inter-racial bias within my own African-American community. I experienced the struggle caused by these divides that have been perpetuating since the days of slavery. The remnant left by the hands of white slave owners whose sole purpose was to control the black race, has a modern day name Colorism, coined by the author Alice Walker in the early 1980's. Colorism has proven to be a powerful catalyst in the dissension of African-Americans. Each generation has its own account of the damaging effects of discrimination and degradation experienced within the black race. Consequently, these effects have left many feeling inadequate, hurt, and trapped in a false reality that lack the reward of acceptance and social adequacy. I have seen the personal struggle and journey of the author. This life changing body of work entitled, "Momma, I Wanna be Light-skinned: My Journey to Acceptance", gives a detailed account of the author’s personal bouts with sufficiency. It sets the stage for this much needed discussion, not just with the reader, but within herself. Reliving this painful past has been arduous but necessary in starting the journey to healing and accepting her own God-given uniqueness and beauty. Not every person has identical discriminatory experiences. Some may have experienced social isolation and prejudice in other forms. Others may have been ridiculed for having different beliefs. Perhaps weight was the object of scrutiny. Maybe some were singled out for being too-light skinned. However, in "Momma I Wanna be Light-skinned: My Journey to Acceptance", the author bravely and transparently narrates her journey to wholeness by establishing a new paradigm of self-perception. A perception not formulated by the opinion or approval of others but by introspection. Whatever occurrence that retarded your development and left you in a broken state, the author shares her new found positive outlook in hopes that you too can begin your own journey to acceptance.

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Rhonda Bennett is a native of Tuskegee, Alabama. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, AL, where she became a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. A mother of two extremely charismatic boys, Rhonda understands the importance of creating an environment that promotes success in an atmosphere where self confidence and purpose can thrive. She has a strong belief that her role as a parent is not to limit her children’s abilities and dreams to make life more convenient for her, but to make adjustments in her life that will incorporate her children and create opportunities for them. With that vision in mind, Rhonda founded two educational programs: Camp Xander-Well and F.O.C.U.S. (Forget Outside Circumstances Until Success) Academy. Both programs strive to enhance the educational experience by fostering a love for learning created from an atmosphere conducive to multiple learning styles. Rhonda desires for all children to realize the greatness within themselves. Motivated and inspired by her love for hosting, organizing, and planning events, Rhonda founded, A Genie in a Bottle Events, an event planning company that hosts an array of events from weddings and baby showers, to holiday events and various galas. Rhonda’s favorite moments are with her family. Whether it’s pizza and movie night with her boys, Sunday dinner with close friends, or date night with her hubby, Kevin.

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