Halle Berry Covers Ebony, Talks Baby Nahla’s Race

I have been a bit busy the last few days and haven’t had time to post about the new drama with Halle Berry and her ex Gabriel Aubry– however I am sure most of you are aware of it. Gabriel and Halle are battling over baby Nahla in court and sadly race seems to be playing a major issue. Aubry reportedly doesn’t want his child to be called black, while Halle cites the Jim Crow introduced one-drop rule of why she considers her daughter black. The actress spoke about her feelings recently with Ebony magazine, which she is presently covering.

You can read a few of the excerpts below…

Halle On Her Daughter’s Race:

What I think is that that’s something she’s going to have to decide. I’m not going to put a label on it. I had to decide for myself and that’s what she’s going to have to decide-how she identifies herself in the world. And I think, largely, that will be based on how the world identifies her. That’s how I identified myself. But I feel like she’s Black. I’m Black and I’m her mother, and I believe in the one-drop theory.

Halle On Her Own Racial Identity:

I identify as a black woman, but I’ve always had to embrace my mother and the white side of who I am, too. By choosing, I’ve often [wondered], “Well, would that make her feel like I’m invalidating her by choosing to identify more with the Black side of myself?

Halle On Dating Non Black Men:

Well, first thing I want to say is that I’m very connected to my community, and I want Black people to know that I haven’t abandoned them because I’ve had a child with a man outside of my race and I’m dating someone now outside my race who is Spanish and French. I have never been more clear about who I am as a Black woman[…] And who I really am is a Black woman who is struggling to make my race proud of me, who is struggling to move Black women forward in the profession I’ve chosen, and those relationships have actually helped me identify more clearly[….]The truth that it’s taken me a long time to learn how to love myself, and color isn’t really a part of what I look at when I’m deciding who I want to spend time with. I look for the soul, the person, the evolution, what he believes in, who [he is as a person] and how does it affect me in a positive way.

3 Comments

  1. LOL at Halle just keeping it real. She knows from personal experience that when Nahla gets older and folks take one look at her tan skin she will be considered black. It is good she will let Nahla decide how she wants to live but Halle will be there supporting her regardless.

  2. halle shouldn’t have to give an explaination on who she is dating. Just say, point blank: I’m dating Oliver Martinez because he’s sexy and fine, if you don’t like it, so what. this is my life. When MJ had Lisa Marie on the cover with his proclaiming how happy he was with her, he didn’t feel it was necessary to explain why he married a white woman. He just talked about their relationship. Or when he was took pictures with Brooke Shields and it was in Jet, he didn’t feel the need to express why race didn’t matter.

    Halle do you, don’t explain just do it. And why did Ebony Mag have to bring up the race issue. Halle already adress the race issue like 1000x’s before and you can look at her daughter and tell she can’t pass for white, even if she tried. this is a stupid subject. Ebony is so limited.

    why not ask Halle how will she address Nahla watching her movies that have explicit scenes in them?

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