This gorgeous sun kissed beauty is Claire Ateku. Ateku is an aspiring model from Dallas,Texas. She attended Howard University and her family is from Kenya. Here’s some more information about her.
On June 08, 1995 Claire Ateku was born in the heart of Nairobi, Kenya, to parents Ben and Purity Ateku. At the tender age of 1 year, she, her older brother Collins, and her parents came to the United States and found a home in Weymouth, Massachusetts. After six years, they moved to Texas, where she resided until she moved to Washington D.C in 2013 to pursue a degree in Broadcast Journalism at Howard University. She is currently a sophomore, and enjoys being heavily involved in campus activity.
Claire’s parents played a significatant role in her life. They instilled in her the importance of respecting others, working hard, and stressed the value of education to her. She draws personal strength from both parents and also from other family members.
In the summer of 2014, Claire visited Kenya, her country of origin. Amongst the many places she visited was the Kibagare Children’s Home & School, located in one of Nairobi’s poorest and fastest growing slums. Pupils in this school lack basic amenities that many in the Unites States take for granted. She hopes to go back to the school in future so as to make a difference in the community by inspiring young children to focus on their studies and aim for the skies so that they can get opportunity to exploit their talents to the fullest to the benefit of their families.
Here’s what she said in an interview:
“I started modeling when I was 14. It kind of started there when I had to deal with the criticisms of being a petite model and being a black model and then being a dark skin model. So I had to deal with those three things against me. I like the fact that in DC there are so many women of color trying to do the same thing and I’ve also met a lot of petite models that have kind of encouraged me to be like ‘look this means nothing.’ With the age of Instagram, social networking is on 100, so I am able to connect with other petite, dark skin, natural models and just like encourage each other.”
is a Ghanaian-American actress, director, writer, singer and all around renaissance woman who we first got to know as the fiery Sade on the web series An African City. Over the last thirty months, Mensah has been hard at work on her first feature film, a dark comedy called Queen of Glory, which she wrote, directed and stars in. In the film, Mensah plays Sarah Obeng, a young PhD. candidate who is also a “weirdo, adulteress, binge-eating, grieving-but-not-dealing, Ghanaian-American genius who is slaying at academia, but failing at life.” For Mensah, a self-professed weirdo, her latest role is an opportunity to tell the story of a black woman from an African immigrant community who finds herself pulled in different directions as she tries to develop and honor each aspect of her identities.
I remember years ago I heard two white men discussing beautiful women. It was at a former job and they were talking about the prettiest women in Hollywood. One of them said actress Scarlett Johansson was the hottest. The other one said he thought actress Megan Fox or Charlize Theron were the prettiest. And they went back and forth naming actresses like Jennifer Lawrence,Liv Tyler and Natalie Portman. They never mentioned any black women in their discussion. And why should they? They’re white men so they are discussing what they find attractive. It’s only natural for a man to find his own more attractive than other races. But I do find it interesting that many times in Hollywood they will give a white woman attention for physical attributes usually associated with black women. When they talk about women with the most beautiful lips they bring up women like Brigitte Bardot,Sophia Loren or Angelina Jolie. I don’t get what all the hype is about. There are countless black women that have beautiful full lips. I see black women on the street everyday that have better lips than Angelina Jolie. This is one of the reasons you have white women getting lip injections so much today. They want lips that are pouty and full. The kind of lips you want to kiss. These white people know deep down that full lips are more attractive than thin lips. The white media always wants to uplift the beauty of white women at every turn. That’s one of the reasons I think their beauty is very overrated.
The media also loves to praise non-black women for having nice butts. This has always been a fascinating phenomenon to me. We all know that white women are known for having flat asses. When I was high school it was rare to see a white woman with some curvaceous thighs and nice butt. But ever since actress/singer Jennifer Lopez became big back in 2000..it’s all they talk about. Jennifer Lopez and rapper Iggy Azalea even did a song called Booty a few years ago. How can you have a song about booty without black women??? It’s obvious they want to promote any non-black woman with black women attributes. That’s why even though Lopez is Puerto Rican she’s still not a black woman. I doubt that Iggy’s butt is real. And she’s already admitted to breast augmentation. Iggy is a plastic rapping bimbo. And not a very good rapper at that. And Armenian no-talent socialite Kim Kardashian has also been praised for having a big butt. I personally don’t think the her butt is real. Kardashian and her fame whore sisters are the reason many white women are getting butt implants and Brazilian butt lifts. The big butt craze has gotten so out of hand even some black women are getting them. Which I never understood. Many black women already have nice butts. But this shows how powerful the media has become. It’s sad when black women feel they need to compete with something that most of them have naturally.
European beauty has always seemed manufactured to me. It seems like white women have always copied black beauty but denigrate it at the same time. Back in 1870 there was the Victorian Bustle dress era(pic above). This dress was very popular with white women. They say it was popular at ballrooms because of the expensive laces and multitude of fabrics. But the real reason was because the dresses made it look like they had a huge back side. It made them look more like a woman that had some curves. And keep this in mind that this was dress popular during slavery. Most likely their white slave owning husbands were lusting after their African female slaves. Many of these white women were jealous because their men were sneaking into the slave quarters at night. So they were resentful of African women and their naturally superior bodies.
When I did a google search for “most beautiful women”,I kept seeing the same handful of names. Names like Blake Lively,Jennifer Aniston,Nicole Kidman,Charlize Theron,Megan Fox,Kate Upton,Naomi Watts,Scarlett Johansson and Kim Kardashian. I was quite surprised that as I researched these “beautiful” women I realized so many of them have had plastic surgery. There are not too many natural beauties in Hollywood or the music industry. The pic(above) is of actress Megan Fox and it’s obvious she’s had quite a bit of work done to her face.
What about the “classic beauties” like Marilyn Monroe? Monroe is an iconic film star. Many regard her as the symbol of white female perfection. It has been well documented that Monroe had surgery done to her chin and a nose job as well. Well I guess no one is perfect right?
This is actress Nicole Kidman. I never found this woman attractive at all. Her sickly pale skin never turned me on. She wasn’t even attractive when she was young. And it looks like she got some lip injections too. Is she going for that “full lips” look like a black woman has?
This is film actress Jennifer Aniston. I never got the hype about this hideous looking creature. She clearly ahs gotten a nose job. And she is not aging well at all.
This is film actress Blake Lively. I’ve heard a lot of white boys say she is the hottest thing since sliced bread. Which is a good analogy because she is plain as a piece of white bread. She does nothing for me. She looks rather plain to me. Wouldn’t look twice at her on the street.
This is actress Scarlett Johansson. She is mentioned a lot in fashion magazines. They fawn over her all the time. Some have even compared her to Marilyn Monroe. They act like she’s the epitome of white beauty. But as you can see a “natural beauty” she is not.
Now if we’re discussing fake plastic women..you can’t leave out Kim Kardashian right? I know a lot brain dead black men like this no-talent whore but I’m not one of them. They like her because she sleeps with a lot of black men. It’s amazing that a woman can do a sex tape and make the cover of high fashion magazines. Only a non-black woman could pull that off. But Kim has a fake ass as you can see from this picture. And most likely fake breasts as well. She’s just a high class whore. Real men who have standards and taste know this.
But all this cultural appropriation is nothing new. It’s been gong on for many years. Even back in the day actress Bo Derek(above) was in the film 10(1979). In the film she wore braids with beads in her hair. She’s given a lot of credit for popularizing what we all know is known African hair style.
And just a few years ago socialite/model/television personality Kylie Jenner caused an uproar on social media when she posted a selfie wearing cornrows. Jenner is not much different than her older attention whore sister Kim Kardashian. They all seem to love stealing from black culture and have created a $450 million net worth from being wannabe black women. I have news for these no-talent media women. Just because you have sex with black men and date them exclusively does NOT make you honorary black women.
To put it bluntly…I think white women are seriously overrated. There are black women that are overweight but so are white women. When a black woman eats healthy and stays fit…no other race can touch her. Black women age ten times better than white women and other races as well. That’s due tot he benefit of melanin. I’ve even had white women tell me personally that they wished they aged as well as black women. They are secretly envious of the black woman’s body,hair and beautiful skin tone. The only reason white women are held as the standard is because we live in a white dominated society. Using whiteness as the standard of beauty is just another manifestation of white supremacy. When white women are elevated to the superior position all other races that deviate from that standard and are considered unappealing or unattractive. Black women should embrace their natural hair and complexion. There is no need to try to look like European women. They are too busy trying to imitate black women anyway. A sad imitation at that. Sistas have an unique beauty all their own. I leave you with a poem from Jennifer Asiedu. It’s titled About My Black.
“My black is flawless
I’ve never been this proud before
My skin never felt so good
Was I not used to it?
I can’t remember when I loved this shade so much
My color is dark and lovely.
It sings with a rhythmic melody of beauty.
My black is loud
It yelled at this pale-faced lady the other day
She tried to demean my black
And just as quickly as she did
My black screamed back.
My skin roared with elegance
Reminding you it is not afraid anymore
My black is loved
I rubbed it down tenderly today
Making sure to touch every inch.
Ever so gently it glistened and radiated
My black shimmers and still catches attention.
It’s been kissed and hugged
Yet still selfishly wants more
My black is hopeful
I’ve had a freedom that was honestly free
I’ve lived in a time when my black was OK.”
The first time I saw actress Lisa Bonet was on The Cosby Show. The main stars on the show were Bill Cosby and Phylicia Rashad. The other daughters were played by actresses Tempestt Bledsoe,Keisha Knight Pulliam and Sabrina Le Beauf. But Lisa was clearly the most popular daughter. Lisa played Denise Huxtable.The show came on back in 1984. I remember a lot of black boys in my neighborhood had a crush on her. I wont lie,I thought she was pretty too. I remember a classmate telling me that she was biracial and had a Jewish mother. I did think it was a bit strange that she looked biracial but had two black parents. I remember on the Cosby Show there were all different shades of black people. I also remember she did a spinoff show called A Different World.
I remember that the character Dwayne Wayne,played by Kadeem Hardison had a huge crush on Denise Huxtable. Eventually Lisa Bonet left the show to start a film career. After she left Dwayne fell in love with Whitley Gilbert played by Jasmine Guy(pictured above). The thing I noticed about these women is they are both biracial. Why is the mixed woman the object of affection so often? I didn’t think about it much as a child. But I started to think about it more as I got older. This is something that has been going on for quite some time. I’ve covered this subject before and it needs repeating. It’s not really about just Lisa Bonet. She’s just one of the first examples I remember where the mixed woman gets all the attention. I’ve seen this pattern over thirty years. And it’s steadily increasing. But it’s mostly about the fact that Hollywood still uses biracial women has the standard for beautiful black women. And also we as black people have a problem liking any group of people that look “less black”. This is a learned behavior. I’ve seen it in film,music and television. It’s really nothing new. I’ve seen it throughout my whole childhood. You may find some of these women attractive. But the issue is not their attractiveness. The issue is the over abundance of mixed women being in the forefront representing black beauty. There’s so many I could never list them all. But here’s just a small sample of some of the more popular ones. And even some biracial women you may not be that familiar with.
Long before Mariah Carey or Alicia Keys….Sade was the biracial songbird that took the music world by storm. She was a huge star in the 80’s. I admit I like her music. She really has a lovely voice. I remember guys in my neighborhood would always say she was so beautiful. Her being biracial probably didn’t hurt too much either. They said she was wife material. It’s funny because rarely did I hear them say that about Anita Baker,Patti LaBelle or Jody Watley very much.
In the 80’s biracial actress Rae Dawn Chong was the “black” actress in many Hollywood films. Although she was mostly paired with white men.
Actress Jennifer Beals became a huge star when starred in the film Flashdance(1983). She played an exotic dancer in the film. Her mother is white and father is a black man.
In the action film Action Jackson(1988) the late pop singer Vanity played the love interest to Carl Weathers. The biracial singer whose real name was Denise Matthews also dated pop/rock icon Prince.
On the sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air(1990-1996) biracial actress Karyn Parsons played Hilary Banks. She played the cousin of Will Smith.
In the interracial drama Jungle Fever(1991) biracial actress Lonette McKee played the wife of Wesley Snipes. He cheated on his biracial wife for an Italian woman. I guess his wife wasn’t white enough for him.
In the film Mo Money(1992) Damon Wayans starred with biracial actress Stacey Dash.
In Boomerang(1992) Eddie Murphy was paired with biracial actress Halle Berry. Robin Givens was also in the film but Halle was the women every guy wanted. Of course Halle was the go-to mulatto throughout the nineties. And even won an Oscar award in the process. She became the “pretty black woman” in Hollywood.
Sade ruled the 80’s but in the 90’s Mariah Carey became the mulatto singer the media feel in love with. I remember on music channels they would say she was a beautiful black woman. Mariah used to always insist that she was biracial though. Lately she has been getting more in touch with her black side. Maybe it was because she married black actor/rapper Nick Cannon. They have since divorced after having two children.
The sitcom Sister Sister(1994-1999) was a big hit among teenage girls. It starred biracial sisters Tia and Tamera Mowry.
R&B pop singer/dancer Mya was biracial as well. She first came on the scene back in 1998. She did a little acting in a few films. Some thought she would be the next Janet Jackson. I haven’t heard much from her lately. Not sure what she’s been up to.
In the 90’s biracial actress Kristen Wilson was paired with black actors like Eddie Murphy and Damon Wayans.
Biracial actress Gloria Reuben was on the hit drama ER(1994-2009) Her character always had troubling finding love.
I also remember actress Michael Michele(above) was on the drama ER the same time as Gloria Reuben. She was a nice addition since there wasn’t much “color” on that show. Of course she’s biracial as well.
What’s the Worst That could Happen(2001) Starred Martin Lawrence and biracial actress Carmen Ejogo. She usually plays a black woman or a racially ambiguous role.
This is a great video(above) by Youtuber Chrissie. She perfectly explains the double standard when it comes to biracial beauty. There’s a lot of dishonesty when people talk about colorism and the advantage of being biracial.
Biracial actress Kandyse McClure is from South Africa. She has starred in films like Children of the Corn and Broken Kingdom. She’s most known for the sci-fi television show Battlestar Galactica(2004-2009).
R&B singer Amerie debuted in 2002. There was a lot of buzz about her in the beginning. Her “exotic looks” come from her black father and Korean mother. Her only hit single was “One Thing”. Some thought she would dethrone Beyoncé as the next big thing. Didn’t quite happen though.
R&B/pop singer Cassie Ventura(knows as Cassie) on the scene in 2006. Her father is Filipino and mother is black/Mexican. She has done some acting as well. She obviously wants to be a bigger star. Although she is most known for dating music producer Puff Daddy. She has been his on/off again side piece for the last few years.
In the black drama ATL(2006) biracial actress Lauren London was the love interest to rapper/actor T.I. This film was supposed to make London the role model for all the biracial ghetto hood chicks. I guess she’s living up to it. She already has two children by two gangster rappers. One with Lil Wayne and Nipsey Hussle.
In the film Idlewild(2006) biracial actress Paula Patton played the love interest to rapper/actor Andre Benjamin. Over the years she has starred alongside Denzel Washington and Tom Cruise. At one point she was dubbed the “next Halle Berry”.
In the comedy film Norbit(2007) biracial actress Thandie Newton was paired with Eddie Murphy. Norbit was a horrible film. A total waste of film!
I remember when pop singer Leona Lewis dropped her debut cd Spirit in 2007. The British born singer has a black father and white mother. She made a big splash in her debut. She has the light skin,light eyes and long hair….and could actually sing. It’s no wonder music critics called her the “new Mariah”.
In the comedy action film Rush Hour 3(2007) mixed-raced actress Noemie Lenoir was the love interest for Chris Tucker.
Singer Jordin Sparks won the show American Idol back in 2007. The biracial singer was seventeen at the time. I think that show is rigged anyway…I’m just saying. She has become quite a big star over the last several years.
Biracial actress Tracee Ellis Ross stars on the silly sitcom show Black-ish(2014-). She plays the wife of Anthony Anderson. Her mother is music icon Diana Ross. Her father is a Jewish businessman.
On the Fox show Gotham(2014-) biracial actress Jessica Lucas plays Tabitha Galavan. She is not only a vicious villain buy also plays a lesbian. You know Hollywood always has to throw in that sexual confusion.
There are even more biracial women in news media as well. This picture(above) is ESPN sports reporter Sage Steele with her white husband. Steele is most known for being a white racist apologist. She never misses an opportunity to insult black people and the black struggle. Does that make her a mulatto coon?
This is biracial news anchor Soledad O’Brien. She’s a news anchor on CNN. Just like Sage Steele she also married a white man. Look at those children. You can see the African features are just about gone! Kiss those black genes goodbye! But I guess that’s purpose of marrying white anyway.
This picture(above) is of biracial news anchor Melissa Harris-Perry. She is pictured with her mother and father. She is an author and political commentator. She had her own show for four years(2012-2016) on MSNBC. Unlike Sage Steele and Soledad O’Brien she decided to marry a black man.
On the Fox show Pitch(2016-) biracial actress Kylie Bunbury plays Ginny Baker. It’s a show about the first woman to play major league baseball. So…they couldn’t find a woman that was just black?? Nope! They have to cast the biracial woman as the center of attention.
This picture was very interesting to me. I found it very eye opening. This is part of the cast of the Disney show K.C. Undercover(2015-present). From left to right the actresses are Zendaya Coleman,Jasmine Guy,Kara Royster and Tammy Townsend. The first three women all have white mothers. Townsend has a white father and a black mother. That’s right..all of these women are biracial. How is that possible that ALL of them are biracial? They casted all biracial women. Could this be an accident? I’ll let you decide.
This young lady is rapper Miss Mulatto. That’s not a misprint,you read it right. Her actual rape name is Miss Mulatto. Her real name is Alyssa Stephens. The 18- year old rapper is most known for being on the reality show The Rap Game. I just find it interesting that she is capitalizing off of the popularity of being racially ambiguous. And using that as a way of being seen as unique in the rap world.
Then we have pop singer Tinashe. She is biracial as well with a black father and white mother. She’s an okay dancer but not the best singer. But you don’t have to be able to sing in the music industry anymore. You just have to have the right “look”. Maybe Tinashe will be the next Zendaya. Or the next Jordin Sparks? On the next Mya? Who knows! I ‘m starting to get them all mixed up.
Biracial actress Cynthia Addai-Robinson is getting a lot of roles lately. She has appeared in films like Colombiana and The Accountant. And shows like Texas Rising,Arrow and Shooter.
Actress Jamie Lee Kirchner(pictured above) was born in Germany. She has a black mother and white father. She has been in shows like CSI,Dollhouse and Bull. Although she has brown skin she is still biracial. Some people get fooled by this. Not all biracial women have really light skin and light colored eyes. Some of a bit more melanin but they don’t always have African-textured hair. Many of them have lanky hair with a bit of a curl to it. This is just a small sample of biracial actresses and singers. I could’ve listed a lot more.
But the main point is that many of these white Hollywood casting agents don’t think that deep brown skinned and dark chocolate-colored(not biracial) women are good enough. They don’t have the “exotic look” they’re looking for. They don’t want African(Original)looking women with black features representing the black race. And they purposely promote biracial women in films and music as the standard. Otherwise why do they keep doing this? People say “well black people come in many different shades”. Okay then why do the biracial women get so much of the attention. We all know why. The truth is white people(other races and some blacks) believe that mixed race women are more attractive than black women. They don’t think that black women that are 85% black or more should be the standard. But this colorism madness needs to STOP! There are plenty of darker skinned actresses and singers that don’t get the shine they deserve. I want all my sisters to get the limelight. She can have full lips,thick thighs,african textured hair and dark skin. This is not about bashing biracial woman. Like I have said before,I have biracial people in my family. I have cousins that have married whites and Mexicans(Hispanic whites). I But I don’t consider them black..they are mixed. This one-drop rule has gotten out of control. I don’t have any hatred towards them. I have nothing against them. But it’s time to stop putting black beauty on the back burner. Black/African women have their own unique beauty that should be celebrated. I just don’t think it’s “fair” to give them most of the shine while black women are an afterthought. Lisa Bonet is a pretty woman. But a black woman shouldn’t have to look like Lisa to get some credit for her beauty.
The Black race is so magical
and it really shows how wonderful God is
He made us in different shapes, sizes and hues
The pigment of our skin was never an issue
Yes we were once segregated but color was never the problem
It was about wealth and power until someone brought up the tint of our skin
They enslaved us with this mindset and now some of us adapted it too
Our ancestors wouldn’t like this
They would not be proud
Of this colorism that exists
They taught us that lighter is better
That your dark skin is not suitable
They slander us for our features yet they lust after it
This systematic thinking has our men slandering us too
But I’m here to declare that this must not happen
We can’t let it be true
Black men and women are synonyms
We are carved in the same beauty
and without one, the other can’t exist
So my people, let’s not conform to their standards
Let’s appreciate the melanin we were born with
No matter the shade
Light-skinned, dark-skinned- doesn’t matter
We’re all comprised of mahogany, ebony, caramel, chestnut, coffee and sienna
We can be as dark as the midnight sky
or brown like honey
There is history etched into our skin
Not just slavery, but years of excellence and grace
We are reminiscent of the chocolate that warms cold nights
And we have stars tucked neatly under our bones
We are Black
That means we represent depth, strength, elegance and nobleness
We are Black
That means we are light-filled
Let’s not let the glaring whiteness replace the beauty we have.
Written by Kay -Ann Henry