Actress Yara Shahidi: I'm NOT Lite Skinned . . . And I Want Black People To STOP Calling Me THAT!!

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Actress Yara Shahidi is UPSET that many Black people consider her to be lite skinned. Yara, who is biracial, spoke out about it to Essence magazine. Here's what she said:

I get that within the Black community there are a couple of us who are chosen, not by any fault of our own, to represent [everyone],” she said. “But I’ve been the same character for five years…I am not out here in a ton of movies and a ton of TV shows.”

“[I began to see that] people have constantly had to deal with things that slowly chip away at their identity. These microaggressions make you feel like you’re never enough,” she said. “I realized that if I still experience it on a level of being socioeconomically privileged, then I’m not even experiencing half of it.”

“I’m brown-skinned. I personally don’t view myself as light-skinned,” she said. “I also understand I’m not dark-skinned. I don’t know how to classify myself, but when you see me, unless you hear my name, no one’s like, ‘That’s a young Iranian girl.'”