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Other People's Skin: Healing the Skin/ Hair Thang between Black Women: Four Novellas

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  43 ratings  ·  9 reviews

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.
Paperback, 384 pages
Published October 2nd 2007 by Atria
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Mar 19, 2008 rated it did not like it
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This is a collection of four stories about black women who are battling those color struck demons. The premise is great. The delivery is awful. The stories are not very well-written and not very engaging except for the title short story by Tracy Price-Thompson, which only has moments of narrative grace. Besides yawn-worthy stories, the other thing that brings this book down is a hat. For some reason, the editor felt that the color struck theme was not powerful enough to tie the stories together ...more
Dec 31, 2013 rated it it was ok
I wanted this to be good. I hoped for nuance, for situations to make me question how I think, how this sort of prejudice affects me. I hoped for it to be a book that could spark a dialogue, inspire progress. In my opinion, it fell woefully short.

While I can agree that backward racism cannot be a thing, the sort of characterization of nearly all the non-brown-skinned characters in each of the stories borders on the same sort of stereotyping that the book claims to be addressing. The first and las
Traci Mitchell
Sep 16, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in African American Women
There are four different stories in the Novella. My favorite though was My People, My People by TaRessa Stovall. It is, in my opinion a lesson in tolerance for those of us who are of either the light or dark side of being African American. Helena Booker is a rich, prominent, pretentious, condescending business woman who disliked the idea of using a darker skinned model for her line of cosmetics. Carmella is an advertising exec who, up until now gained notoriety with her advertising saavy. Please ...more
May 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing
i probably gave the author a better rating than deserved however i believe that though her delivery was a bit . . . less than expected the message is still a strong one which i took to heart. the fendora was a bit much to tie into all 4 stories although i sort of get what the author was trying to do. The last story in the book was my least favorite because it didnt really make much sense to me if it were to have taken place currently and the one between the dark maid and the light lawyer was my ...more
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Feb 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Just finished this book. It explores really deep issues of self-hatred and division among Black people, especially Black women.I think it's important that the issues in this book are more openly discussed in the Black community! ...more
May 01, 2008 rated it liked it
The first story is the best. The others can get a little heavy-handed with the message, but overall a good read.
Mar 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Excellent anthology, paying tribute to black women and our unique qualities. I love the common thread running through all of the stories, linking them together, though they are all different.
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Jan 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is very enlightening and raises the consciousness about how we are still dealinbg with issues of race.
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