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Halle Berry Says Daughter Nahla Is Black

“I feel like she’s black. I’m black and I’m her mother and I believe in the one-drop theory. 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.”

Halle Berry on daughter Nahla’s race in Ebony magazine. For those of you who are not familiar, the one-drop theory is that people with partial amounts of African ancestry are considered black. The origins of the term are interesting. The one-drop rule was passed in many states in the 1920s, saying that people with one-eighth to one-quarter of African ancestry (depending on state law) could be considered legally white. This quote from Halle is particularly timely, as sources told TMZ that her ex and baby daddy, Gabriel Aubry — with whom she’s engaged in a bitter custody fight — “would go nuts” when she referred to Nahla as black. [Celebitchy] Keep reading »

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