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Tia Alvarez Stith I tried Ambi once, really thinking that I was lightening some spots. I ended up turning yellow and scared myself silly, so I stopped using it. I am the skin I was born in, and while I’ll play with makeup, I like coming back to darkskinned me. It is a very frightening thing to realize that African women, the original black women, are so hurt that they refuse to be the black that has been so admired. I guess what shocked me the most was that we had the Civil Rights movement and somehow the whole thing has curved back to black women being disenfranchised. I thought we were fighting for more than this!

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