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Tika Sumpter On Being A Brown Girl: “I Was Never Made To Feel Less Than”



The beautiful Tika Sumpter is opening up for the first time about growing up with a dark skin complexion.

She talks with Oprah Winfrey and Iyanla Vanzant, during their candid conversation on a new episode of “Life Class,” explaining her views on colorism and how it has affected her, if at all.

Speaking on colorism Winfrey explains, “It’s an issue that wreaks avow particularly in the African-American communities but in other communities as well.”

But surprisingly Sumpter says she wasn’t affected at all. “I was never made to feel less than,” she says of her darker complexion and growing up with five siblings who were all lighter than she.

“Growing up I was like, ‘Of course I’m cute,’ recalls Sumpter. “I never felt like, ‘Wow, the light-skinned girls is gonna get all the boys.’

On where she may have gotten such confidence? Sumpter says, “It starts at home.”

“Life Class”, airs tonight at 9pm ET on OWN. Check out a sneak-peek below.



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  • Yazmar

    Great…because “brown” is oh so beautiful