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Don't Play in the Sun: One Woman's Journey Through the Color Complex Audiobook (Unabridged)

Extended Audio Sample Dont Play in the Sun: One Womans Journey Through the Color Complex (Unabridged), by Marita Golden
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Acclaimed author Marita Golden is a respected voice in both fiction and nonfiction. She is also the founder and CEO of theHurston/Wright Foundation, whose mission is to develop, nurture and sustain the world community of writers of African descent. In this thoughtful and personal work, Golden tackles the dangerous notion that it is preferable for African-Americans to have lighter instead of darker complexions.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Lori | 6/18/2009

    " Great cover of a difficult and complex subject. I plan to give this book to one of my nieces, if only so she can read the essay entitled "Letter to a Young Black Girl I Know." A little less denial and a lot more conversation about this subject would go a long way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Danita | 3/10/2008

    " Having been told as a child to "getcho self outta that sun, girl. You gon' get blacker than you already are!" this book was a revelation. So much of what I've thought and felt about racism and colorism has been beautifully expressed, much to my mind's relief. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Rose | 12/5/2007

    " This is one of my favorites books of all time. It is a subject that is rarely discussed(at least academically) and this book lays one woman's views for all to understand. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Jacqueline | 3/19/2007

    " At first I thought the author was overreacting a little bit, but after a couple chapters the book picks up and really explores the magnitude of colorism within the African American community and around the world. "

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About the Author

Marita Golden is an award-winning author, professor of writing, and cofounder of the Hurston/Wright Foundation, a national organization that serves as a resource center for African American writers.  She has been featured in several magazines and newspapers, including the New York Times, Washington Post, and Essence.