Kiss My Assimilation

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I was born and raised in Gary, IN until the age of 10. My family moved to New Jersey in the middle of my fifth grade year and I got the biggest culture shock of my life. Growing up in Marlton, NJ, I was often the only Black kid amongst the group. In class, in the play, on the softball field, I stood out like a sore thumb. Amongst my friends, I was the token. And I was okay with that because I had decided in the sixth grade that if I couldn’t beat them, I would join them.

I started begging my mom to shop at Abercrombie & Fitch when I had never even heard of the brand before. I became a slave to the flat iron, obsessed with getting my hair bone straight. Worst of all, I developed body image issues because all my white friends were size 6 and as an African American teenage girl, I had developed curves that I considered fat when compared to my white friends.

Now, at the age of 22, I’m comfortable in my own skin. I’m no longer desperate to assimilate. How did I get to this point? Listen to Episode 2 of the Young, Black, and Opinionated podcast to find out! Now available on ZenCast, SoundCloud, iTunes, and Google Play. Send your topic ideas and feedback to

About the Podcast

Summary: Born from the Young, Black, and Opinionated blog, the YBO podcast is for the culture! Christina Royster doesn’t hold anything back with her down-to-earth, brutally honest opinions on everything from social issues to entertainment. Pour another drink because your favorite Black girl next door is about to get real.

Episode 2: Kiss My Assimilation

Episode Overview: On this episode of YBO, Christina shares how she went from “Krusty” to “woke”, reminds us that we’re “still n*gga”, and announces her “You’re Canceled” of the week.

Mentioned in this Episode:

We’re Going to Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union

‘The Bachelorette’ May Have a Black Star, But It’s Still Set In A White World by Eric Deggans for NPR

Dear White People


One comment

  1. jaztrujillo · January 30, 2018

    Love as always!


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