The black girl next door

Friday, March 13, 2009

Jennifer Baszile grew up black in the affluent, predominantly white suburb of Palos Verdes Estates, California in the 1970s and 1980s. She was part of the first generation of Americans born after official segregation came to an end. The experience of growing up African-American in that context hasn't been chronicled much, and now Baszile has written a book, "The Black Girl Next Door," to fill the gap. She shares her story with John and Farai.

"Every woman's life begins in girlhood, and so many of these defining experiences happen to us when we have the least control over our lives."
— Author Jennifer Baszile on her book "The Black Girl Next Door"


Jennifer Baszile

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