They teamed up to offer two unique perspectives and reintroduce the conversation to our community. “Because there’s too much of a burden put on Black women to procreate and continue to foster the Black family. So we wanted to go there, but Christelyn was like, “I can’t talk about that! They were searching for a place where people were like mind and who were going through the same things.
Black men don’t have that same owness put on them.”ESSENCE. JANICE LITTLEJOHN: Christelyn had this idea to write a story for Elle Magazine about why she married a White guy. I was scared to write the book because I didn’t know if I had the stamina. The questions I got about my relationship and the blog seemed to have a theme.
We could have learned about this through Mel’s eyes but no.
In college, I had a biracial friend whose mother was white and her father was black and it really bothered her to see a black man with a white girl. Talk about it especially if it’s a contributing factor in being black in America which it is. None of the characters, including Jus had a new voice or were particularly developed well.
The dialog wasn’t particularly compelling or insightful. It bothered me that he encouraged the teens to have frank conversations but constantly interjected with “Watch your language” or “I’m calling the principal.” I didn’t understand the significance of him saying that on the page over and over and over.
Speaking of MLK, Jus’ conversations with him is what sets this book apart but it was a missed opportunity.The book takes on interracial dating and some, using true stories, accounts and advice from real interracial and intercultural couples. COM: What did you find most surprising about your research?Littlejohn (left) is divorced and dating, while Karazin, whose husband is White, is happily married with kids. Are they afraid their families would never accept it? “Both of us had to open ourselves up to the fact that there were cultural reasons preventing Black women from looking outside,” says Littlejohn. We really felt it was necessary to talk about sex in some kind of way because it’s such a big issue with Black women about White men can or can’t do, and what Asian men can’t do, or how they can or cannot satisfy the needs of a Black woman. KARAZIN: The thing that really stood out to me is that there were so many people who really wanted to tell their stories.He’s about to become extremely violent and he doesn’t talk about it with MLK?Instead we get a lot of talk about the white girl he likes.