In "Other People's Skin," Tracy Price-Thompson and TaRessa Stovall,
along with fellow authors Elizabeth Atkins and Desiree Cooper, take
on one of the most controversial topics within the African-American
community: the self-hatred caused by intra-racial prejudice and the
ongoing obsession with skin tone and hair texture. In other words,
the skin/hair thang among black women.
It begins with TaRessa Stovall's "My People, My People," in
which a successful advertising executive acquires firsthand
knowledge of prejudice when her clients insist on using light-
rather than dark-skinned models. Next comes Tracy Price-Thompson's
award-winning story "Other People's Skin," a tale set in 1970s
Louisiana, where a dark-skinned young woman must come to terms with
the bigotry of her light-skinned family. "New Birth," by Desiree
Cooper reveals the intense roles that money, class, and skin color
play in the intra-racial relationship between Catherine, a wealthy,
light-skinned lawyer, and Lettie, her dark-skinned house cleaner.
Finally, Elizabeth Atkin's "Take It Off" tells the story of a
biracial girl who hides her coarse, braided hair from her friends
at a mixed-race university in Detroit.
"Other People's Skin" is the most innovative and varied
anthology of sisterhood and unity to date. Each novella entertains,
challenges, and, most important, offers healing to the reader -- no
matter what her race, skin tone, or state of mind.
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