Color Me

Sherien Barsoum

Motivational speaker Anthony McLean is done with the stereotypes that surround the black community. He’s had enough of the documentaries that profile at-risk youth. He’s fed up with the persisting rhetoric on the black struggle. Anthony McLean is going to show six teens what it means to be black. The catch? He’s not sure what it means, either.

He is a husband and father of two children. He’s confident, charming and talented; audiences love him and kids admire him. By most accounts, Anthony is successful and sure of himself. But inside, he knows differently. As he walks through life, the voices of his childhood haunt him.

Born to a white mother and black father in a small, sleepy town in the suburbs, Anthony and his brother were the only two non-white people for miles around.

The teens ask themselves tough questions. Why do middle-class suburban black teens dress, talk and walk like they live in the hood? Why is getting a good education seen as selling out?

In Color Me, Anthony is left with serious questions of his own: Why do I behave differently with my black friends than with my white family? Why am I trying to conceal my whiteness? As he enters his thirties, Anthony is finally ready to take a hard look at his own identity.

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