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December 11th, 2012
01:41 PM ET

Youths explore colorism, black identity in poetry

Editor's note: In today’s United States, is being black determined by the color of your skin, by your family, by what society says or by something else? Soledad O’Brien reports “Who Is Black in America?” on CNN at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Sunday.

(CNN) - "Who is Black in America?" explores how color affects identity. In this video, slam poets Kai Davis, Hiwot Adilow and Telia Allmond from the Philadelphia Youth Poetry Movement perform a poem, "Team Lightskin," about their experiences growing up as light-skinned black women.

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  1. Sarah L. Webb

    This youth have a very sophisticated view of the issue, far beyond what many adults can understand, much less articulate, about colorism.

    I applaud their courage to complicate their own positions in society. It shows just how secure they are in who they are.

    BRAVO Kai, Hiwot, and Kelia!

    December 14, 2012 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
  2. Bill Lee

    Amen...... and I would bet that "Caribbean "

    Is not African...... except for distant origin.
    Im sure youlike are very Proud of your Caribbean heritage.....

    Even when you live in America...

    Correct me if im wrong

    December 11, 2012 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill Lee

      That being said ; is it black history month yet?

      Or is every month black history month?

      As I have heard the same said, right here, about White history...

      If that's going to be the case.....

      Then we either designate an official "white history month" also.....OR
      There is no longer a need for "black history month"

      Unless of course you just like having the double standard....????

      HYPOCRITE? ??

      December 11, 2012 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |