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Crosscurrents

Natalie Devora Writes About Being Black With Albinism

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Writer and albinism activist Natalie Devora.

Natalie Devora’s memoir "Black Girl, White Skin: A Life in Stories" is about challenges she faced growing up with albinism during the '60s and '70s in East Oakland. 

"No matter what experience you are having in your life, you can overcome that. There is hope."

Devora shares her traumatic experiences of physical bullying and being molested by a relative. But her story is filled with a lot of hope that she found through school and the albinism community. 

Natalies book "Black Girl, White Skin: A Life in Stories" is available on Amazon. She's currently working on global anthology about albinism. Learn more here.

Click the play button above to listen to the interview.

This interview was produced with help from Precious J. Green.

Jeneé Darden is an award-winning journalist, author, public speaker and proud Oakland native. She hosts the weekly arts segment Sights & Sounds and covers East Oakland for KALW. Jenee has reported for NPR, Marketplace, KQED, KPCC, The Los Angeles Times, Ebony magazine, Refinery29 and other outlets. In 2005, she reported on the London transit bombings for Time magazine. Prior to coming to KALW, she hosted the podcast Mental Health and Wellness Radio.