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Black People with Naturally Blonde Hair

• May 10, 2012

By Tracey Wallace of NaturallyCurly.com

Hair is simply amazing. The human body and the mechanisms by which it adapts to its environment are mind boggling, and our hair color, texture, porosity and everything else plays a massive part in how well we succeed in a particular environment (or at least it did before we started living in these air conditioned covered boxes).

We all love and nourish our hair, but it’s so easy to forget just how magical these dead cells growing from out of our scalp really are.

Enter the Melanesians, a native group of people living on the Soloman Islands northeast of Australia famous for their beautiful dark skin and naturally blonde hair. Yep, that’s right. They don’t sport weaves, wigs, extensions, permanent dye, temporary dye, some weird henna reaction, or whatever else anyone uses to get the blonde look that’s so typical of the caucasian persuasion. Ten percent of these islanders actually come by it naturally.

The odd combination has got scientists wondering about how such a color combo develops over time. According to the Global Financial Newswires, many scientists have long thought that their blonde hair was a result of a diet high in fish, perhaps bleaching by the sun and salt water, or a reminder of the island’s historic relations with people of European descent.

In fact, the blonde Melanesians have blonde that is unique solely to them. According to the study in which scientists compared 43 blonde hair islanders to 42 dark hair islanders, blonde Melanesians have a variant of a native gene called TYRP1 that plays an important role in the melanin biosynthetic pathway. This variant is completely separate from what causes blonde hair in Europeans, and doesn’t even exist in the European genetic set.

What’s truly beautiful in this fascinating discovery, as so perfectly stated by the study author Sean Myles, a geneticist at Nova Scotia Agricultural College, is that “it’s a great example of convergent evolution, where the same outcome is brought about by completely different means.”

And that makes hair of all textures, types and colors absolutely unique and absolutely beautiful.

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Alisha
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This is so fascinating. And they are beautiful.

merry
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i must be missing something because i don’t find this all that fascinating and i’m not sure why others do.

okay, some dark-skinned people who look african-descended naturally have blond hair.

no big whoop to me.

maybe it challenges whites and a sort of superiority/purity they claim that is partially based on blond hair being unique to them?

whatever…

Barbara
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Not all that complicated =/ there are a few people who find scientific discovery.…..fascinating! there are also a few people who.… like learning.

merry
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that’s quite an insult.

i mean, you’re insinuating that i don’t like learning because i’m not all that interested in why this small group of people has blond hair that doesn’t result from miscegenation with europeans?

um, that’s not fascinating to me.

of all the things to learn about in this world, this is not the thing that gets me up.

k?

i’m sure there are many areas that i could run circles around you in.

please sit down with your nonsense.

EshaDiva
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umm did you read the article there blonde hair has NOTHING to do with being mixed with Europeans which they are not smh and even if YOU’RE not interested doesnt mean no one else should be

The Notorious ZAG
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You misread merry’s last comment, and I’m going to have to agree with her. Black people in general need to stop being fascinated by stuff like this. The fact that white or european even needed to be mentioned in this article is a problem for me. as the article, and merry pointed out, their hair has nothing to do with anything white whatsoever and i wish black folk stop putting lighter/brighter features on a pedestal. its really not amazing. its how their hair is, and that’s cool, but i fail to find what’s awe-striking about the simple fact that the… Read more »
Type1fan
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Who are you or anyone else to say what anyone should be interested in or fascinated by? I personally find it interesting but I wouldn’t dare tell anyone else what they should do. The comments of people that want to tell ANYONE else what they should think/feel/care about is the ultimate insult to me.….but that’s just my feeling. You, of course, can do whatever you wish.

The Notorious ZAG
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why is it fascinating? ask yourself that. if the answer has anything to do with white people, then my dear… that’s who i am to say what anyone should be FASCINATED (never used the word interested… you can be interested in genetics, but not fascinated by something as simple as hair) by. but that’s just my feeling… until you get your mind out of the matrix, you’ll continue to be fascinated by basic things. excuse me for trying to help you out, lol. you can do whatever you wish, even if it continues to hinder the true liberation that you… Read more »
Ugh
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You are so passive aggressive and demeaning, it’s sickening.
So, a person finds a trait about his/her race fascinating (yes, fascinating, not interesting, FASCINATING), and you decide to get high-and-mighty and decide BLACK PPL NED 2 STP FNDNG THEIR CULTURE INTERESTING LIGHT AND BRIGHT LIGHT AND BRIGHT.

I really think you need to get your mind out of the matrix. While you’re doing that, I’ll remain fascinated by the more simple, “basic” things in life.

The Notorious ZAG
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Ugh is right. LOL, here’s hoping you feel better about yourself after that comment. Girl, bye.

Tinablahblah
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Merry, I agree with you…

This article seems focused on the Europcentric beauty ideal. Like, wow we can have blond hair too! I’m fascinated by the genetics because I love science like nobody but I’m not sure how this relates to black people as a whole. I don’t see it. it’s lovely the Asian girl has blond hair. This is a fascinating visual phenomenom, but lets not forget-this isn’t most of dark skkinned people. Many of us are just learning to love our features/kinky hair types. Lets not deviate from the plan (:

maralondon
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These people are of African descent.

Janice
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how many black people do you know with natural blonde hair? and in that texture? please stop being ignorant. it is very fascinating. especially the fact that they have a completely different genetic coding. i find it amazing. God is Good.

merry
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it’s only amazing to people who are limited to begin with. in your world, this doesn’t exist. so YOU are amazed because you’ve been taught that a) blond hair belongs to one group of people -whites and b) it’s special. the confluence of that makes you believe this is amazing. for them, it’s normal and natural and hopefully nothing to jump up and down about. it just is. i’ve never assumed their blond hair is the result of miscegenation with whites so this is not AMAZING TO ME. unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know these people exist.… Read more »
The Notorious ZAG
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merry stop trying to be white, lol. but in all seriousness, this is exactly how I feel about it. the sooner we catch up mentally to this “hair liberation”, the sooner people will begin to understand the point you’re trying to make. the sooner we can move on to more important issues other than bickering and being fascinated by hair, the better.

Audrey
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I’m interested in the science behind it all. I’m not sure why anyone is arguing about this at all. Weird.

somechick
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Your being silly it’s interesting because it’s not something you see every day and the genetics behind it also interesting to read about. It’ has nothing to do with people being ‘taught that a) blond hair belongs to one group of people -whites and b) it’s special’, that’s just the conclusion you’ve come to from reading other peoples comments, without considering the obvious basic fact that things that you don’t see everyday are INTERESTING. Also don’t put others down for not knowing things; it’s perfectly understandable that some people may not know certain facts about the world that doesn’t mean… Read more »
Tinablahblah
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Are you really praising god because of her hair colour and texture? genetics is facinating, i’ll give you that but maybe you need to examine why you think god is good simply because her hair is that colour/texture. Alot of black people around the world have variant hair colours. Mine is medium brown. I hate it-doesn’t suit my skin tone. All my life i’ve had people be like “wow is that your natural colour-amazing!” I dye my hair now because I think this glamourisation of percieved non black traits in black people is ridiculous. Genuinely makes me feel sad. That… Read more »
Audrey
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God is good because God creates all of this. Everything. Saying God is good has nothing to do with uplifting white features. It’s about appreciating all the lovliness that God created, period. Again, I’m terribly taken aback by the argumentative nature of these comments.

-__-
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this ^^
its not pathetic
when black people as a whole stop upholding that traits associated with white people are magical, fascinating and wonderful that’ll be one more shackle removed from our brains

this post got 200+ views. the posts with “plain ole garden variety black people can’t compete with this

the hair is pretty, but this is a site for pretty hair. so why is this hair so much prettier than the rest?

The Notorious ZAG
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co-sign. ^^this comment is really what it boils down to. and instead of trying to understand this, when you mention it, you’re being aggressive or mean… or whatever other silliness comes of stating an opinion that defies the popular one.

somechick
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it doesn’t have 200+ views it has 200+ comments and that has nothing to do with black people ‘upholding that traits associated with white people are magical, fascinating and wonderful’, it’s probably more to do with the big discussion this article has generated and the amount of people arguing over different points.

I am...
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Does anybody else think merry is white or at least trying to be? Just saying’…

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no i don’t think merry is white
she/he just isn’t upholding that features that white people claim for themselves are fascinating. black people with blonde hair ..big .bloody. whoop .

as soon as someone doesn’t uphold white supremacy they get accused of acting white
absolute backwardness

ela
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+1

merry
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lmao.

i have been accused of acting white by black folk.

never been suspected of being white by anyone.

Brian Life
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oh get over your color and see through skin to the blood pumping gHearts we all have. Comparisons, Jealousy, blame, labeling, Hate carrying…is so Heavy on your soul, you say “Whatever..that is a low frequency , you say Peace and you reach the LIGHT inside Bursting out, shining on all colors…this world is Bigger than your skin..step outside of your skin! … for not realizing we are all One will def give you Gray hair and ailments…Please people OPEN YOUR MIND and know you are a Spirit not just a body! and a spirit has NO COLOR. is any its… Read more »
Brian Life
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at Home (here) and Happy (your birth nature) bless you…sorry, tough Love cuz, hate needs to be Checked some times…DING! …sheerrrrr.…you hear your heart beating…mine is too, we are together weather you like it or not. my ares are Open for you, please open your its warm and loving. body heat, caring for all & any..no happy , or high talk just HIP and HIGHER thought! step out the shame/blame, wash in the rain again and see we are all different but, all the same! Oh, I almost forgot its, 2012! .…let the past die/rest in peace..and embrace LIFE!…and embrace… Read more »
Brian Life
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WOW, this site just SHUT ME DOWN…sad.. guess my words are not free here.…Bless ya

kim
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girl shut up!

merry
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you too.

i’m just not all that easily impressed i guess.

missnatural
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you read my mind

kittens
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dis is soooOOOooo cool, she is so cute, God’s creations are so amazing.…
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Brian Life
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beautiful you are as a reflection to all lIFE..sweet comment!

Juliette
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I was born with red, fire engine red and had it for the first four years of my life before my head finally turned to the auburn-mahogany mess it is right now.
I can totally believe this article.

Ade
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Juliette, you literally just made me LOL, auburn-mahogany mess? stop it:)I wish I could see your hair, I bet its beautiful

12tnob
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Thank you.. love this articles.. Now if clairol, revelon and loreal will put this hair color in bottle i too can have it.. Lol.

kelz
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lol, i like this one!

bint alshamsa
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What’s the big deal? There are black people with naturally blonde hair all around the world. I could post several pictures of folks in my family who have it. What’s next? Articles about the fact that some Black people have naturally light skin, too?

The photo is of my nephew. Along with his blond hair, he also has green eyes.
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Mey
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@bint alshamsa
Cute nephew, but I think the interesting part (or the “big deal”) is that these black people have DARK SKIN AND naturally blonde hair. The fact that some black people have light skin is nothing close to this post, since definitely in north America (slave trade) seeing light skin black people is as old as time…even in certain parts of Africa there are naturally lighter skin black people.

bint alshamsa
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If that is interesting to you, then you probably aren’t where I’m from. My brother is a dark caramel color like the kid in that photo. Yet, his son looks like that.

Furthermore, it’s a big stretch to call these people Black. Well, actually, it’s absolutely incorrect to call them Black. They are not. They are Melanesians. They are no more Black than the folks we call White.

Thoozile
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Melanesians are an africanate peoples so actually you could call them “black”. They migrated from Africa to the South Pacific many years ago. Just Like aborigines are an africanate peoples.

bint alshamsa
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Thoozile, in that case, you could call Europeans Africanate people, too. EVERYONE migrated from Africa.

dafou
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Again it is interesting because it occurs a different gene than the people from european descent and black in america who are all mixed with white. People who have black skin are black. I know in america, for some reasons, you guys use the word black for African American, but black just mean that you are from african descent. FYI, hispanics from the caribbean are blacks too — just with a higher degree of mix than most black american. And at the end of the day we are all human. Stop thinking that white and black are SO different. These… Read more »
naturallycullygurl
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u speak the truth!

EshaDiva
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wow your comment is SO on point 🙂

naturallycullygurl
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u just being silly bint alshamsa… that is a black person… his skin is black making him black… I agree with what Mey and Thoozile r saying… it is a unique situation to see people like the little guy captioned in the article… he is different from ur nephew who, while he is very adorable, is a norm, i have cousins just like that, lite skin lite eyes lite hair and their parents are black people and no they are not albino, their parents are lite skinned as well, black people YES We come in all shades u know… NORMAL…… Read more »
H
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bint al shamsa, are u arab? Coz I realised ur names arabic. *IF* you are, it isn’t uncommon to find black arabs/arabs with blonde hair or green eyes etc etc, sometimes in the same family.

Thoozile
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But not everyone is melinated, and yes, there are europeans with enough melanin to be considered black.

toniwash
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Whats black? A color not a people group.

Brian Life
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we are all bLACK.…we are all White We are ALLLLLLLL! don’t limit your self to skin, yes I love all races, but…dont forget where we all come from…where?.…yes…we are all Africa! NO MORE HATE..ooooohhh I can’t wait! 2012!!! lets UNITE…our small differences are beautiful but, in the bIG

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oh shut up

The Notorious ZAG
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+1

KJ
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Oh come on, there is no comparison between your nephew and the picture in this article. Of course it’s not uncommon to see fairer skinned black people with naturally blonde hair and green eyes, especially based on our admixture with Europeans. But, how often do you see someone who looks like the picture in the article with “beautiful dark skin and naturally blonde hair”? Not often at all, hence why scientist feel the need to study the genetics behind it.

Shannon
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Thank you ladies for clearing that up for the poster…LOL. I looked at the pic of her nephew and thought, “is she forreal?”

Slightly irritated!
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I mean REALLY…some people are so ignorant! Where did the correlation between “light skin” come into play. As KJ stated that is nothing new, but this is. And as the article states it has nothing to do with mixing of races it is caused by a specific gene known to only be found in this group of people. I am sure that your nephew and someone in your blood line have traces of European descent. Hence his hair and eye color.

bint alshamsa
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You do know that blond hair and green eyes didn’t originate with Europeans, right? Almost all Black people in America have traces of European ancestry. However, that doesn’t mean that’s where they acquired the traits for these features.

Glamdoll
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why are you here again???go to Albasha!

bint alshamsa
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I’m here because I’m a black girl with long hair. Why are YOU here?

Nekeisha
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Girl I feel you…in truth “lightskin” came into play because she is not a scientist and is playing like she is, so she sees a trait and goes into her simple minded explanation using western terms, NOT using scientific ones. This chick knows nothing about genetic expression because if she did she would not have even showed a picture of an American. Phenotypes are the outward characteristics of genetic makeup, but just because you see the same phenotype displayed, such as blond hair doesn’t mean that the same gene caused it which is what the article points out and she… Read more »
bint alshamsa
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Are y’all for real? Good grief! Did y’all even read the study? These are not Black people. Seeing as I actually HAVE been a genetic researcher, I don’t think you’re really in any position to tell me why scientists would be interested in it. It certainly isn’t because some folks think that there is something novel about Black people with blond hair.

Thoozile
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Oh, stop hating.

AfroKisses
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Your nepehew is adorable! However, besides what has already been said the scientific interest comes from the fact that it is such a common trait in a very specific geographic area. Yet, outside of that region it is not so common on top of the fact that they actually found a gene unique to this group of people in this area and it is a completely different gene than would normally be responsible for such a trait. like it might be scientifically interesting to study if there was an island filled with white people with kinky/coily fluffy hair. Certainly, there… Read more »
bint alshamsa
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Honestly, that’s not what the research is about. I have no desire to play know-it-all, but seeing as I’ve gone to school for it and actually was a genetics researcher, I am more than happy to explain why that isn’t at all something that would interest geneticists. It is absolutely common to see ethnic groups with traits that aren’t common in other groups. Any freshman biology student would know that. Hopefully, by the time they became a sophomore, they’d also be able to explain to you why geneticists would never call these folks Black. It would be far more correct… Read more »
AfroKisses
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I stand by my comment since they specifically mentioned a “gene”. Race may not be terribly important to genetics however genes are and that is what they were studying. How this trait was expressed through a different gene. I have a hard time believing that you are at all as well versed in biology/genetics whatever as you claim. I’m also not sure that you aren’t just an internet troll. Since you’ve said nothing constructive and appear to be more interested with getting someone worked up.

bint alshamsa
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Right. The study mentioned a GENE. They didn’t mention anything about Melanesians being Black. I don’t come here to talk about my background. I mentioned it, because that’s how I learned this stuff. If think that it’s trolling to explain why calling Asians Black is problematic and breaking down what the study actually said, then that’s your right. I have my perspective and you have yours. I think that the science behind this happens to be rather interesting, especially when it’s understood correctly. If someone gets worked up over something, that has nothing to do with me. I figure that… Read more »
Bre
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Well clearly bint alshasma, as much as you are calling out everyone and saying they are wrong for calling these people black, you referred to them as Asian which is also completely wrong, It clearly stated in the article that these people are from the Solomon islands which is located northeast of Australia so they fall in the continent of Oceania. But thats besides the point. Amd as far as black goes, thats difficult to define when most people that have dark skin are labeled as black. I think this was an overall interesting article.

bint alshamsa
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Uh, sorry, but no. Here’s some info on them: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Austronesian_peoples You might not be able to open it, so here’s a quote: “Genetic studies have been done on the people and related groups.[20] The Haplogroup O1 (Y-DNA)a-M119 genetic marker is frequently detected in Austronesians, as well as some ethnic minorities in China (southern non-Han Chinese).[21] Other genetic markers found in native Austronesian populations are Haplogroup C (Y-DNA) and Haplogroup O3 (Y-DNA).[citation needed]” These people are indeed Asian. Unfortunately, many Black Americans do believe that most of the people in the world with dark skin are labeled Black. This is simply… Read more »
merry
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wikipedia is not really the go-to place to show how smart you are, imo.

bint alshamsa
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Why would I care whether you think I’m smart? The facts don’t depend on whether I’m smart. Either these folks are Asian or they aren’t. The facts show that they are.

Nekeisha
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LOL, anyone else think that “The lady doth protest too much”!!! SMDH, you are not a geneticist, you may have worked in the lab but based on the faulty logic you are using I am certain you didn’t complete a PhD. Your bringing up your degree without specific details concerning this example(Fallacy 1-appeal to authority), the fact that you posted a picture of a child that shares one one of the phenotypes described in the article especially when the phenotype results from a specific gene anomaly which is specific to this group( Fallacy 2,association fallacy) proves enough to make me… Read more »
Nekeisha
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Ok you are not a geneticist, lets get that straight. No damn scientist goes to wikipedia when you have access to SCIENTIFIC JOURNALS!!!!! Are freaking kidding me, if you were a scientist, thank the damn universe that you are no longer in the field. A very quick journal search lead me to the following article. If you read the entire article you will see that your logic has been dis-proven. The Polynesian share traits with these people, not because they are descended from them, but because on their way through this country, they interacted and intermingled romantically and this lead… Read more »
bint alshamsa
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You do realize that the actual article isn’t available online, unless you have a subscription to it, right? I posted a wikipedia link, because most people with the internet can access it. However, if you have a subscription to the journal, you don’t need me to send you a link to it. By the way, what do you think it means to descend from a group? The abstract (not an article) you posted isn’t debating whether or not Melanesians are Asian. It’s about Polynesians and how long their ancestors intermingled with other groups in the area before moving on and… Read more »
Hope
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@ bint alshamsa. I know exactly what you are talking about. I do not have the same education as you, but I knew about this group of people for some time now. They are Asian. A dark-skinned Indian would not dare call themselves “black” no matter how much darker they are than a black person. I agree with you.

merry
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but, some of these people do refer to themselves as black.

aboriginals in australia and the maori in new zealand often refer to themselves as black. in the uk, historically, asians (indians, pakistanis, etc.) have been referred to as black.

indians in india don’t refer to themselves as black partly because they can’t stand african-descended people. lol.

the former, on the other hand, have often identified with the struggles of black folk in the u.s.

wow, there are a lot of people who are very unaware of world cultures, history and affairs.

can tell by people’s amazement in this thread.

somechick
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Your right these people are more closely related to Asians, but black doesn’t have to only refer to people of African decent tbh. Lots of people (including the people that came up with the term) just use it to describe people with ‘black skin’ (dark skin ect).

You can’t really talk about race when discussing genes, I think that’s why people are getting confused with all these classifications; a lot of the time how someone looks can have nothing to do with their genetic heritage, hence why people can’t understand why’d you describe these people as Asian.

Barbara
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A bint indeed. *smh*

bint alshamsa
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Yep. So was your mother and her mother and her mother and so were you, if you’re not still one.

Ugh
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Mature.

Nekeisha
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LOL, look at her comment AFROKISSES, she is mad because she thinks people are “fawning” over these people, and she feels her nephew is just as special because look he has blond hair and green eyes. Just an example of cultural misorientation, she is so used to people “fawning” over him because of those features she needs to discredit any connection that could be made. And for the record, according to western stands, these people would be classified as black because of the broadness of their nose, skin color, and other traits. Now whether they would be classified as negroid,… Read more »
nelle
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I thoroughly enjoyed your response.

nelle
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oops let me be specific…I meant I enjoyed afrokisses comment, not yours bint alshamsa, I’m actually confused by what you’re saying. You ask in your first comment “what’s the big deal” and when people tell you why it’s a big deal to them, you tell them they don’t know what they’re talking about b/c they are not a genetics researcher.

bint alshamsa
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No, that’s not why they don’t know what they’re talking about. They simply haven’t learned this stuff. That’s why I pointed out that you don’t even have to study genetics to learn this. It’s just basic biology. Unfortunately, not everyone has a good understanding of the subject.

I’ll make what I’m saying clearer:

These folks are Asians, not Black. Scientists aren’t studying Melanesians because they think that Black people with blond hair is something novel.

Glamdoll
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ya know if you just wanted to post a pic of the cute baby, then.…ya coulda just posted it…

bint alshamsa
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Ya know, if you just wanted to learn about genetics, then…ya coulda just looked it up…

Candice
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You know what, I read a book once too. Let it go…

kelz
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lmbo

bint alshamsa
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Maybe you could try reading more than one, then?

Drea
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Bint Alshamsa,

I think your point of view and knowledge on the topic is very interesting. Obviously, you have a rather extensive understanding of the subject. However, there is a way to communicate that without being condescending and/or combative. Maybe you could change someone´s perspective if you went about it a different way?

Nekeisha
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Wait a damn minute the term black is a social construct and HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH GENETICS!!!!!! Are you serious, you are not a scientist at all. I would bet my own damn degree on that. You are speaking straight BS!

T
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Your nephew looks biracial so people expect him to look like that. Most biracial kids do. This is about dark skin people with blond hair.

Jada
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Ok!!! Not once did she mention the color of the mother…smh

AfroKisses
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Thank you nelle 🙂

Loraine
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You need to check yourself before your wreck yourself!
What was it that ‘forced’ you to react so negatively on this post, when you can clearly see that that nephew of yours doesn’t remotely resemble the Melanesians? You can’t even compare them given their distinct heritage! If you don’t know about these people read about them before you react! School yourself please.…SMH

bint alshamsa
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Please school yourself, Loraine. The kid in that photo is Blacker than those Melanesians. Do you know anything about their genetic heritage? If you did, and you understood that “Black” is a Western social construct that loses its meaning outside of the Western world, then you’d realize why it’s ridiculous to call these folks Black.

If you can’t handle science, then why are you reading an article about genetics?

M
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I am, in fact, a professor of biology, specializing in human genetics. Thank you for speaking on my behalf, and the behalf of all genetic researchers, but I do actually find this news of genetic interest. The key point is that the mutation causing blondeness in Melanesians is unique to that population alone. Whereas, the genetic variants causing blondeness in your nephew is most likely the same as those found in Europe. The two types of blondeness genetic variants have different recent common ancestors.

bint alshamsa
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That’s exactly what I said further down. My nephew is from an American family that is most often identified as Black. Even though he has features some associate with whiteness, it is still more accurate to call him Black, than it is to claim that a Melanesian is Black.

However, it’s nice to meet more Black female scientists. 🙂

T
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Your nephew mother is white or other than black right?

bint alshamsa
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Nope. She’s black, too.

Nekeisha
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I am confused why any scientist would thank another scientist for speaking on behalf of a whole group. Do genetic scientist not disagree on concepts. This is just crazy to me, I really would like to know where they do that at, because the reason why we have scientific journals is to check each other’s logic and critique the quality of the work and conclusions, so why would anyone thank any individual “researcher” for speaking on behalf of a whole group, except for the organization set up to represent your group, any statements represent the individuals view and not that… Read more »
Julie
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THE HMONG GUY IS CLEARLY CHINESE. JUST BECAUSE PEOPLE WANT TO BE DIFFERENT DOESNT GIVE THEM THE RIGHT TO DISRESPECT THEIR RACE. A LOT OF PEOPLE GET CULTURE CONFUSED WITH RACE. EVERYONE COMES FROM VARIOUS TYPES OF CULTURES HOWEVER, EVERYONE HAS A SPECIFIC RACE. WHETHER THEY LIKE IT OR NOT. JUST BECAUSE SOMEONE IS FROM JAMAICA, DOESNT MEAN THEY ARE DIFFERENT FROM THEIR BLACK RACE. IT JUST MEANS THAT THIER CULTURE IS DIFFERENT. THEY ARE ALL DESCENDENTS FROM AFRICA. WE NEED TO GET IT THROUGH OUR HEADS. WHITE PEOPLE HAVE NO PROBLEM CLAIMING WHOEVER THEY WANT.…..

Michele Antoinette
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Have you ever seen the movie Austrailia with Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman or know anything of what actually occured in Austrailia, a very western country? If you had I’d think you have a little more insight into these people and very closely related groups…aboriginal people and related types were discriminated against in and around Austrailia, an individual of this group was referred to as a Black. You’re splitting hairs is like telling a Somali that they are not in fact black because they are a mix of arabian and italian etc blood. I don’t think anyone sits around to… Read more »
Michele Antoinette
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Furthermore, it is thinking like yours that for years, made it impossible for my dad to check the box labeled afro-latino. Is my father not latin because he is black? Her skin is very much what we consider black in a very different way than Malaysians, Indians, and cambodians are dark.

Julie
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I UNDERSTAND WHAT BINT ALSHAMSA IS SAYING HOWEVER I DISAGREE. THERE ARE PLENTY OF PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD WHO ARE BLACK. YES BLACK. THERE ARE ASIANS WHO HAVE AFRICAN HERITAGE. LATINO’S HAVE AFRICAN HERITAGE. SO PLEASE STOP TRYING TO MAKE BLACK PEOPLE FEEL LIKE THEY HAVE NO CONNECTION TO OTHER PEOPLE IN THE WORLD. THERE ARE PLENTY OF LATINO’S AND ASIANS WHO THINK THEY ARE MORE WHITE THAN ANYTHING ELSE. THAT IS INCORRECT IN MANY CASES. BLACK IS BEAUTIFUL AND I AM CLAIMING THAT CHILD IN THE PIC

Loraine
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Well, for a ‘scientist’ you are pretty lousy at reacting in a proper manner or even explaining your point properly! Your first comment on the article had a condescending tone to it. Hence my question what forced you to react so negatively. Why the need to put up a picture of your nephew along with harsh comments? When I pointed out that you can’t compare your nephew to this child because of their distinct heritage I was referring to the genes they inherited from their ancestors. For it is clear that the mutation causing blondeness in Melanesians can’t be found… Read more »
Loraine
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Oh, I’m sorry! I see my comment on your reaction was not properly placed. I asked you some questions in my quest to school myself. Here you go:

http://bglh-marketplace.com/2012/05/black-people-with-naturally-blonde-hair/comment-page-1/#comment-271725

chris
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Please lady, get curly sue out of hair…(No pun intended in the way I spelled here :D)

merry
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i think the point is that in the americas, a light-skinned “black” is more than likely the product miscegenation.

the folks studied here come by their features without any mixing from outsiders; it’s “natural”. and that’s why the results of the study were significant for some people.

BeautyIAM
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I actually find what you’re saying very interesting. I don’t know why you had to make your first comment so condescending though.

Its a big deal to some people because they have never seen people like this. And since you were able to study genetics its not a shock. You had an opportunity to share your knowledge respectfully to many of us that don’t have a great understanding. It was really unnecessary to come here insult the content of the blog and the people that commented.

bint alshamsa
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I have a hard time writing in friendly English while I’m working. I’ve explained that here quite a few times. When I’m on my computer, I’m usually doing translation work. That means I’m switching back and forth from other languages to English. I’m also disabled and that can play a role in how I think I sound versus how it actually sounds to others. I wish folks wouldn’t just assume that someone is being condescending when it really may be something else at work. I did have a chance to learn genetic and others haven’t had that chance (or, perhaps,… Read more »
DCW
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I appreciate the knowledge that you offered here today. I know the topic of race and race identification can be a touchy subject for some. I do have to admit that it has always boggled my mind (that we, as descendants of the Africans that were brought to this country to be slaves and as a result, robbed of our culture have settled for just being called black). We have an identity too and until someone can point to the country or continent on the globe and show me a place called “Black”, I’ll never understand how we as a… Read more »
Julie
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THE HMONG GUY IS CLEARLY CHINESE. JUST BECAUSE PEOPLE WANT TO BE DIFFERENT DOESNT GIVE THEM THE RIGHT TO DISRESPECT THEIR RACE. A LOT OF PEOPLE GET CULTURE CONFUSED WITH RACE. EVERYONE COMES FROM VARIOUS TYPES OF CULTURES HOWEVER, EVERYONE HAS A SPECIFIC RACE. WHETHER THEY LIKE IT OR NOT. JUST BECAUSE SOMEONE IS FROM JAMAICA, DOESNT MEAN THEY ARE DIFFERENT FROM THEIR BLACK RACE. IT JUST MEANS THAT THIER CULTURE IS DIFFERENT. THEY ARE ALL DESCENDENTS FROM AFRICA. WE NEED TO GET IT THROUGH OUR HEADS. WHITE PEOPLE HAVE NO PROBLEM CLAIMING WHOEVER THEY WANT.….

Min
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We are used to having blond hair that are really traits passed from some European ancestor. I’m black and I grew with two large patches of blond at my temples.

The real issue (that the article probably wasn’t able to bring out) is that the blonde hair gene identified in the people on Solomon Islands is a NON-EUROPEAN gene, so these people have blonde hair but with no European ancestry whatsoever. This gene and their particular traits and characteristics evolved independently.

Gee
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@MIN THANK YOU! I WAS ABOUT TO PULL MY HAIR OUT! LOL (clarifying that the gene is Non-European) and yes this was an interesting read and it is worth researching.

merry
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the real issue for me is, why is this a big deal?

the people who were the subjects of this study must be equally confounded by our assumptions about them.

Danyella
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He’s gorgeous btw (nephew)y fiancé and I are both dark and Our daughter was born light skin with hazel eyes and sandy blonde hair black people come on all different shades to find this fascinating is just plain ignorant

bint alshamsa
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I agree, Danyella. Dark skinned people give birth to light-skinned children all of the time. It ain’t that amazing, folks! Black people are every shade from midnight to past-white. I just don’t get the fascination that so many of our people have with any feature that white people have. There are folks who think that Black people with naturally straight hair is really something to be impressed about. Others are quick to get enthralled when they see Black people with anything other than brown eyes. It’s 2012. Everybody here has access to the internet. If you’ve never seen something and… Read more »
Mey
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This is an interesting read. I’m so interested to learn more about them! Beautiful child in the pic above 🙂

chessica
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this is so wonderful :)) wonderful thing called genes

Beth
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Wow! This is so enthralling. Beauty truly is diverse and indivisible. This also makes me question the women who insist that black people “don’t look good” with blonde hair because it’s “unnatural” on them. Hm. The pic with this article is simply mezmerizing to me.

DCW
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I’m guilty as charged! It’s funny, I was taken aback at first glance of the posted picture. I was thinking,(who put that lace front on that baby?)lol. Hey we learn something new everyday. This was an informative piece. Just the other day, I was criticizing a certain R&B singer, because I wasn’t too impressed with the platinum blonde wig she was wearing for the cover of some magazine. Then I thought to each its own. I just don’t like the idea of my young nieces being influenced by these pop icons and what this society deems as beautiful in any… Read more »
Lele
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I’m one of those people who says that blonde hair doesn’t look good on black women, however, when I am aware that many brown skinned people have blonde hair, but when brown people are born with blonde hair, their other features usually blend with their hair color well.

LBell
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Co-sign. Mama Diddy still doesn’t get a pass from me, and Mary J. and NeNe are skirting the edge of losing theirs… 😉 I know people with naturally blonde hair who identify as black even though (LIKE MOST AFRICAN DIASPORANS) they’re mixed with European. In one friend’s case, they’ve been race-mixing for generations and that’s why her whole family looks like slightly suntanned Scandinavians with frizzy hair. But they’ll fight you if you suggest they’re not black. This gets back to how one chooses to identify…you can be half-white or even 15/16ths white (Google “Walter White NAACP”) and still identify… Read more »
marissa
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i would be so confused.…if that was my hair.…but its hers! who are her parents???

hassan
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i think this is a boy??

Angelia
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I ENJOYED READING THIS ARTICLE. Thanks for posting.

Angelia
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I enjoyed this post! God Bless you!

Marlena
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I’ve seen the Melanesians on TV before, but no one talked about the unique hair color. Some of them had big curly blonde or red afros. I also noticed in this picture at least 3 different hair textures. I think they’re beautiful people.

terry
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A few years ago I was reading about the ‘phenomenon of black people with blonde hair or blue eyes. I read that the gene for skin colour, hair colour and eye colour are different, so we shouldn’t be surprised when we get uncommon combinations.

nori
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This is so cool I never thought I would see a dark skinned black person with naturally blinded hair, so fascinating

Tamika
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What the real point here is that it doesn’t necessarily matter what race or mix of races you are, genetics are completely underestimated and not even close to being understood. And hair types and colours, while they have been predominately assigned to certain races and peoples, they are not confined to these restraints. And what the “big deal” is, while your nephew most likely has several variant mixes within his gene pool, which has resulted in his fair skin and hair. These people have an entirely different genes that creates this unique type of blonde hair. Some people need to… Read more »
bint alshamsa
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We all have several mixes in our gene pool. That’s what makes it a gene pool. These people don’t have entirely different genes. They simply have different genes for blond hair from the genes that most European blonds possess. That doesn’t make them Black. They are Asian. They share more genes in common with Asians than with Black people. I wish people would open their minds a little, too. Instead of getting upset when someone explains the science behind the phenomena. Of course, Black people can have blond hair. That was the point of posting my nephew’s picture. “Black” is… Read more »
Nikki
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I think that people are willing to open their minds hence the response that most of the commenters had to the article. I think it is great you have a background in genetics but everyone does not. It is also great that this isn’t surprising to you because of your education and the makeup of your family but I would contend that most Black people are not used to seeing people who have darker skin (that they describe as black) having naturally blonde hair. I don’t think it is a case that people don’t want to learn but your tone… Read more »
bint alshamsa
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That’s why I asked why this was a big deal to others. I’m not sure why folks thought that I wasn’t seriously asking the question. I keep saying that my background probably plays a role in why I don’t see this as others do, but some folks seem to take that as calling them stupid. I have yet to refer to a single individual in that way and I won’t. I don’t talk to fellow women of color in that way. However, I did think it was really abrasive for someone to try to dictate that my nephew is white… Read more »
KJ
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@bint alshamsa, I find it very odd with your background in genetics that you don’t find this interesting. It’s not the issue of them being black. It’s the unique combination of this particular phenotype produced by a different variant from that found in Europeans that results in what we perceive as a black person with blonde hair. I study psychiatric genetics and happen to think it’s fascinating to see a phenomenon where two different combinations of genes produce the same phenotype. I mean some people know it happens; it’s just nice to see examples. Not to mention, nothing in your… Read more »
bint alshamsa
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I don’t find the idea of black people having blond hair interesting. However, I do find the study VERY interesting. When I first saw the title of the post, I thought it was going to be about Black people. It was a bit deflating to find out that this had nothing to do with black people. I wish that it did. That could have led to a very interesting conversation about diversity among black folks and how hair color and other features have affected people’s self-identification as black. I only mentioned my background in genetics when someone told me that… Read more »
Tamika
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Yes we all have different gene pools, but in this case they do have a different gene called TYRP1, that is unlike the gene causing blonde hair in europeans. It says in the article. And besides my education in biology in high school. I have never studied anything in genetics. And if I come off as abrasive, its only because I am upset that she didn’t seam to approach the article with an open mind. This was the first time I have read such an article on this topic, and my reaction like majority of the people on this site… Read more »
MissC
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They are not Asians they are Oceanians, if you look at a map it’s closer to Australia and New Zealand than the vast continent Asia. Oceania is a group of Islands Micronesia, Polynesia and Melanesia. So why you would want to call them Asian makes no sense, people with dark skin are called black in many different languages, it’s not just a social construct it’s also a tone used to describe.

bint alshamsa
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Did you look at the link I posted? They are Asian. Micronesians, Polynesians, and Melanesians are all Asian. People with dark skin are called myriad different things in different languages; many of those words have nothing to do with their color. The use of the term “Black” as a reference to people is a social construct. It doesn’t matter what your skin color is. Did you see the sister in the thread with albinism who was talking about how alienating this article was because it denied her Blackness? In the rush to call these Melanesians something other than what they… Read more »
Michele Antoinette
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Meet a molenisian or an aboriginal person they refer to themselves as black first in a non-derogatory way long before europeans decided to pull the racism card. And what you have stated here is that black is a social construct meaning that molenisians you are saying can be black…i don’t think anyone at any point referred to them as native to africa, i.e. african…as you’ve stated before being black and being african are very different things.

MissC
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The lady who brought albinism made a very good point and I would love an article on that. But the difference is the gene TYRP1 also causes albinism but the interesting thing about this group of people is it only manifests in their hair. I’m a maths and figures girl and this fascinates me so I don’t get why you as a scientist cannot appreciate the significance. This whole Asian thing is ridiculous not only do people use this broad statement to refer to Chinese, Indian and Filipino people, now you want to through Oceanians into the mix too. You… Read more »
MissC
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Oh yeah and I’m not checking Wikipedia for facts, if you’ve really had any schooling you would know that it’s not an accurate source anyone can post lies on there.

La_muneca79
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With all do respect, seeing that you are an expert in genetics, I myself have traveled the world. I am not saying that I am an expert in sociology or anthropology or genetics but I can easily adapt to other cultures. Being very multiracial sometimes people cannot tell what I am. It has been assumed that I am Asian, Indian, Latina, etc. I have friends around the world of different races and religions. I have been able to hear people’s perspectives first hand. One thing I can tell you is that “black” people are most certainly recognized outside of Western… Read more »
Nekeisha
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Wait, are you just plain incapable of thought. YES THEY DO have a unique gene. Did you read any of the research. THAT IS WHAT A POLYMORPHISM IS…when a genetic mutation takes place in enough people for it to be recognized. HOW the hell did you get a degree in biology? I’m so confused right now.

Goldeelocks
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Fascinating! I would love to see more pictures just to see the different shades of blonde they naturally have!

Jennifer
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I have always knew that we existed in different shades and hair textures. That’s what make us so unique. I thank God he created all of us in he’s own uniqueness 🙂

Mary
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Guess you didn’t see the drama that ensued in the comments when this was posted on Curly Nikki. lol

Anyway, I think it’s great for people to see how varied human beings of any “race” can be as far as looks and that a lot of what our society wrongly tells us are “white” genetic traits only simply aren’t.

Jazelle
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Granted in America you wont see many dark skinned people with naturally light(blond)hair, if any. Yes you will find aborigines(Australasia’s native people) with blond hair. But its not limited to that. I’m not socked because I’ve seen it before. I think I am the only black person that i know with dark skinned(i mean darker than dark chocolate)relatives with blue eyes. Keep in mind Europeans have been screwing everyone every where. A person’s skin complexion shouldn’t makes it strange for someone’s hair or eye color to be different. Aborigines are not black, they simply have dark skin, same as East… Read more »
apple
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You have a point!!! if you look it up on the net you could find pics of people living in Africa with blue eyes.

Mai
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LoL, I have no clue why but “Europeans have been screwing everybody every where” made me giggle (maybe cause it’s true). But I agree with you and I know a few other black people with blue eyes (this one guy at my school had silver eyes and they were his eyes but that might have been a mutation.) I myself have fairly light hair, it’s not blonde, but before I started hennaing, a lot of people would ask me if I dyed my hair (they ask me that now, but the red is due to henna). But, I agree complexion… Read more »
Patricia Kayden
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@Jazelle:

What gives you the right to tell Aborigines that they are not Black? Are you the Black gatekeeper?

If you watch movies, i.e., Rabbit Proof Fence, you will see that they were called Black by White Australians. And treated in the same manner as African Americans — bigotry, oppression, forced segregation, etc.

If an Aborigines person wanted to identify as Black, he/she has every right to do so.

SANDRA
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To me it.s nothing strange when my daughter was born she had blond hair along the hair line of her head she’s black but her skin is very light not brown like mine and when I was a child me and my little sister had that light dirty blond hair and as we got older it got darker and darker I also have other people in my family that was also born with blond hair and red hair too

whocares
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race is a marvellous thing isnt it?
Its worth knowing, that although these people notably from solomon islands and malenesia may appear to be similar to those from sub saharan africa, their genetic distance is the largest. Meaning, those who have ancestors from sub saharan africa, are more closely related to a caucasion than to a malenesian.
as I said, the human race is marvellous.

Sophie
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There are just so many wonderful different people in the world! Just goes to show that we’re all just a few different mixtures of the same sorts of matter.

Anonie
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I would call the malenesian child black because he or she has dark skin. I would call the light skinned cute kid with blond hair and green eyes white because he has white skin. It is rather ridiculous to call the lighter skinned boy black and the darker skinned child not black.

bint alshamsa
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So, are people from India Black, too? Many of them are darker than the average Black person. Are you really going to claim that people who don’t have the traits you approve of aren’t Black? Really? This site tends to be far too savvy for shadism. The Melanesian child is Melanesian. Did you notice the ending on that term? Doesn’t it sound familiar? Indian Polynesian Micronesian What do all of these groups have in common? They’re Asian. Dark skin does not make one Black, just like light skin does not make one white. One would think that with the history… Read more »
Michele Antoinette
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I also think you should look up mongoloids, negroids, and caucasoids.…you will find it interesting where scientists have placed aboriginals and those alike.

bint alshamsa
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Scientists long ago discovered that the racial groupings you mentioned (“mongoloids, negroids, and caucasoids”) do not describe any biological reality.

Michele Antoinette
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then why are these groups currently in books.…

Michele Antoinette
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check the field of forensic science…theyy use these terms in the area of reconstruction! funny how this is the only one you chose to respond to!

Anonie
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If the sperm that fertilised the egg is from a white man’s balls the child is not black but mixed raced. If a sperm leaves a black man’s ball and fertilises a white woman’s egg the child is also not black but also mixed raced. Such children can choose one or both races as their parents are from different races.

kd
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If they are Asian, why are dark skin people called Black and not African. I though the continent was African never knew it was called Black.

aibridges
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Side Note — BLACK: interesting conversation about the word “Black”; I’ve always used African-American to talk about my nationality and black to talk about my race, which I’ve defined as being connected to all dark-skinned people around the world and/or peoples recently decently from Africa. In that case, I would include the Aborigines as black. But I’m also educated enough to know that race is constructed and highly subjective. It’s obvious that the aborigines have different traits and genes than other dark-skinned people around the world; very unique people who have experienced a lot of oppression like the natives in… Read more »
bint alshamsa
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aibridges, I’m with you on that. These people are still fighting to preserve their identity in their own lands. It’s not ethical for anyone to just erase that by deciding that they are not who they say they are. Black people in the USA are still dealing with that kind of oppressive attitude. Look at how people have tried to decide what folks like Mariah Carey and Tiger Woods have a right to call themselves. I think we should let folks be who they are without trying to apply our preferred labels to them. I went to college with this… Read more »
Beth
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I think you bring an interesting perspective to the conversation! I believe that some commenters would rather focus on the enthralling aspect of blacks with naturally blonde hair, especially since many people would swear there wasn’t such a thing and that the combination is crazy. What I took from this is that no one is “required” to look a certain way based on their racial background; genetics is in a sense unpredictable, and the diversity that results is remarkable. I could be wrong. This whole conversation to me is very thought-provoking.

Beth
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Or maybe that should read “dark-skinned people with naturally blonde hair.” Like you mentioned, dark skin doesn’t make someone black.

Julie
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THESE PEOPLE ARE BLACK. OK, SO WHY DONT YOU GO ONTO A WHITE WEBSITE AND TELL THEM THAT THIS KID IS WHITE. I BET THEY ALL WOULD BE LIKE “HELL NO”

Julie
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JUST BECAUSE A CERTAIN GROUP OF PEOPLE DECIDE THAT THEY DONT WANT TO BE BLACK, DOESNT MEAN THAT THEY ARE NOT. CREOLE PEOPLE ARE MIXED BUT DEFINATELY BLACK. THIS KID IN THE PIC MAY BE MIXED BUT IS DEFINATELY BLACK. NOT PURE ASIAN. I AM 100% SURE THAT THIS KID HAS AFRICAN ANCESTRY. I WOULD LOVE FOR THEM TO DO A DNA TEST. OUR SOCIETY HATES BLACK PEOPLE SO PEOPLE FROM OTHER PARTS OF THE WORLD HAVE THE SAME IGNORANT MIND-SETS AS CAUCASIONS. THEY WANT TO BE ANYTHING BUT BLACK, SO THEY HOLD ON TO NAMES AND CULTURE LIKE CREOLE,… Read more »
Aleah
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I’m creole, and proud of it. When I’m asked what I am, I say Creole, nectar that is what I an. I’m not ashamed that I’m black, but I’m also proud of the mixture that I am, which includes black, as well as other things. All of it is me. When someone asks what Creole is, I tell them. But me saying “black” and nothing else would be inaccurate, just as much as me saying“french” or “indian” and not acknowledging black would be inaccurate. If I were t say I was “french” u would have a problem with it, but… Read more »
Patricia Kayden
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There is no race called “creole”. But whatever.LOL.

bint alshamsa
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I could die happy, if I could study genetics for the rest of my life. That and linguistics are my favorite subjects. That’s probably because they’re kind of related. The diversity really is remarkable to me, too! Being born and raised in a port city (New Orleans), I grew up around people with all kinds of backgrounds. I have seen some folks that I wouldn’t know how to even begin to figure out where they came from. I’ve met women down here who were Austrian-Egyptian, Black Japanese, Black Vietnamese, Cajun-Black Puerto Rican, and all kinds of other folks who identified… Read more »
Julie
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THE HMONG GUY IS CLEARLY CHINESE. JUST BECAUSE PEOPLE WANT TO BE DIFFERENT DOESNT GIVE THEM THE RIGHT TO DISRESPECT THEIR RACE. A LOT OF PEOPLE GET CULTURE CONFUSED WITH RACE. EVERYONE COMES FROM VARIOUS TYPES OF CULTURES HOWEVER, EVERYONE HAS A SPECIFIC RACE. WHETHER THEY LIKE IT OR NOT. JUST BECAUSE SOMEONE IS FROM JAMAICA, DOESNT MEAN THEY ARE DIFFERENT FROM THEIR BLACK RACE. IT JUST MEANS THAT THIER CULTURE IS DIFFERENT. THEY ARE ALL DESCENDENTS FROM AFRICA. WE NEED TO GET IT THROUGH OUR HEADS. WHITE PEOPLE HAVE NO PROBLEM CLAIMING WHOEVER THEY WANT.

Julie
Guest

THE HMONG GUY IS CLEARLY CHINESE. JUST BECAUSE PEOPLE WANT TO BE DIFFERENT DOESNT GIVE THEM THE RIGHT TO DISRESPECT THEIR RACE. A LOT OF PEOPLE GET CULTURE CONFUSED WITH RACE. EVERYONE COMES FROM VARIOUS TYPES OF CULTURES HOWEVER, EVERYONE HAS A SPECIFIC RACE. WHETHER THEY LIKE IT OR NOT. JUST BECAUSE SOMEONE IS FROM JAMAICA, DOESNT MEAN THEY ARE DIFFERENT FROM THEIR BLACK RACE. IT JUST MEANS THAT THIER CULTURE IS DIFFERENT. THEY ARE ALL DESCENDENTS FROM AFRICA. WE NEED TO GET IT THROUGH OUR HEADS. WHITE PEOPLE HAVE NO PROBLEM CLAIMING WHOEVER THEY WANT. PERIOD

Julie
Guest

THE HMONG GUY IS CLEARLY CHINESE. JUST BECAUSE PEOPLE WANT TO BE DIFFERENT DOESNT GIVE THEM THE RIGHT TO DISRESPECT THEIR RACE. A LOT OF PEOPLE GET CULTURE CONFUSED WITH RACE. EVERYONE COMES FROM VARIOUS TYPES OF CULTURES HOWEVER, EVERYONE HAS A SPECIFIC RACE. WHETHER THEY LIKE IT OR NOT. JUST BECAUSE SOMEONE IS FROM JAMAICA, DOESNT MEAN THEY ARE DIFFERENT FROM THEIR BLACK RACE. IT JUST MEANS THAT THIER CULTURE IS DIFFERENT. THEY ARE ALL DESCENDENTS FROM AFRICA. WE NEED TO GET IT THROUGH OUR HEADS. WHITE PEOPLE HAVE NO PROBLEM CLAIMING WHOEVER THEY WANT.…

D.Broussard
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I dunno why my picture won’t upload >. In any case, the author of this article alienated about a bajillion black people like myself with albinism.…

Why doesn’t anyone talk about our blonde/blond? Hmmm?
[img]https://bglh-marketplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/577668_3697090789922_1354926245_33506551_1276720533_n.jpg[/img]

BeautyIAM
Guest

That’s a great question. I would love to see how we all manage our textures of hair.

bint alshamsa
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Unfortunately, I think that shadism and ableism may play a role in this. It’s even evident in this comment section. People perceived as outside of the enforced norms are mostly disregarded. I face it all of the time as a PWD.

Well, even if no one else says it:

My sister, in my eyes, you are a beautiful blonde Black woman. I have seen many other sisters like you in my years on this earth, but your smile definitely makes you one of the prettiest.

Lara
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Thank you, beautiful woman.Why not indeed.

In Nigeria, most people I know with albinism have superhero 4c+++ hair and their hair is always thirsty.So I assume moisturizing is a top priority.

I have a lot of people in my sister’s family by marriage with reddish hair and lots of freckles all over their bodies.Ranging from light skinned to deep brown with red tones, with hair from strawberry blond to orange/red hair and light brown hair with red tones.My classmate,blended color 33 in weaves and wigs perfectly with her relaxed hair.

Michele Antoinette
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I sort of understand where you’re coming from although you seem to have misinterpreted the actual article…it literally states dark skin with blonde hair.…most people are familiar with the albinism and what generally is associated with that. Once again I repeat, the article at no point says black or african with blond hair but rather dark skin with blond hair.

Nekeisha
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Love you and accept you as my sistah as you are so please be encouraged to know that all of us are not as ignorant as some you have already met. I think you bring up another great point about genetics, that the article was trying to make, that what we see (i.e. blond hair, fair skin, lighter eyes) all of it is based on genetics, by simply looking at a person you can not tell what that might be, whether due to albinism or the gene listed in the article, etc. It always saddens me to hear when people… Read more »
Tiff
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This exact same thing was on curlynikki.…yall should just merge and get it over with

VivaMac
Guest

LMAO!!

Carla
Guest

+1000

Beth
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Lol! I didnt think anyone else noticed!

mackenzie
Guest

Great post! Convergent genetics is something that I am extremely interested in! And, this genetic trait is not linked to any Europeanized strain of genetics which is what makes it so significant and worthy of study. It’s new, a completely unique. It might be on many different sights, and this platform could very well have similar information to others.…but it doesn’t change the fact that negativity, whether thought or spoken, is best neither. Rock on BGLH 🙂

Tinablahblah
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Hey, Much love to all the people who take the time to comment on this site, I enjoy your opinions a great deal! I have to say I think you are being a little unfair to bint alshamsa. Her responses are snooty but ultimately based in truth. I too am from a scientific background (no, seriously) and she is right in saying that the adorable child in the article is Asian. Black is a term that outside the western world subverts the very individual identities of dark skinned people all around the world! Whilst seeing a dark skinned person with… Read more »
Jane
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Bint Aishamsa” you really do have a lot of time on your hands, you are dominating the comment section of this article 🙂

Bottom line is that that kid is beautiful, that black people don’t all look a certain way…

no need argue with everyone with point of views that are different from yours! :p

bint alshamsa
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You’re right! I do have a lot of time on my hands today. That’s the only time when I can post here. When I don’t have time on my hands, you don’t see me. 🙂 Seriously though, I think it’s rude for someone to say something to me and then have me completely ignore their remark. If a fellow woman of color takes the time to write something to me, I’m going to pay her the same respect by responding to it. I love conversing with the women here. I don’t even see it as an argument. It’s just hashing… Read more »
Gtzfynest
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ohh yeahh! these people are really Fascinating. i was actually lucky enough to take a genetics class where Sean Myles was the prof… and the way he spoke about this stuff, man… he had me ready to set up shop and do my own “black/blonde hair” research!!

it’s great though… just to appreciate all of our differences!!

bint alshamsa
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Really? That’s so cool! I’d love to hear him lecture on it. He makes great points about the implications of convergent evolution. My mother and her sisters all have Fuch’s dystrophy and they’ve been studied for similar reasons. It kinda sucks having conditions that are rarely found in folks with your background, because it can take a lot longer for doctors to diagnose it. However, it does mean that you can sometimes get free healthcare, because lots of doctors and researchers want to study you. That helps when you live in the USA. 😀

Tanya
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Melanesia is taken from the Greek words melas which means black and nesos which means island. Melanesia includes Papua, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, New Caledonia and Fiji. The people are very dark skinned with Afro hair and are thought to have their origins in East Africa migrating by ways of Indonesia.

Michele Antoinette
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THANK YOU, perhaps a certain someone will see this comment.

KJ
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I googled to find out more about the Solomon Islands to see more pics and came across this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malaita Malaita is the largest island of the Malaita Province in the Solomon Islands. Malaitans are of a varying phenotype. The skin varies from rich chocolate to tawny, most clearly darker than Polynesians, but not generally as dark as the peoples of Bougainville or the western Solomons, who Malaitans refer to as “black men”.[12] It’s not uncommon at all for other cultures to refer to darker skinned people as “black”. And as someone else pointed out, the term “black” is not referring… Read more »
Patricia Kayden
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@Tanya,

Word!! Best comment so far. I don’t understand how the people in the picture are not Black, especially since the term Black is not scientific but based on a social construct.

Youforie
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Beautiful. Why are most of the photos of children? Does they’re hair get darker when they grow up?

Patricia Kayden
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If you click on the first link, you’ll see the adults.

Michele Antoinette
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more often than not phenotypic similarities between groups hint at a genetic relatinship…like the evolution of the island finches. The wide set noses are not something that you see often in asia(indians, japanese, chinese etc) or “whites”

Julie
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MICHELE ANTOINETTE, WIDE SET NOSES ARE OFTEN SEEN IN AFRICAN PEOPLE. NOT WHITE. STOP TRYING TO PUT THEM IN THE MIX

Michele Antoinette
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what are you talking about, I clearly said that wide set noses are not something you often see in asians or whites!

Nana
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This isn’t true at all. I’m Africa– West to be exact, I don’t have a wide set nose. I have many Korean friends with said “wide” set noses. It’s not a ‘Black’ trait. It’s a genetic trait. Please stop speaking on behalf of every race on this thread. It’s annoying.

Genetics determine looks, NOT race. To consider only the latter is simplifying things and ventures into racist caricaturing territory.

Julie
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THERE ARE PLENTY OF CAUCASIONS TRYING TO CLAIM AFRICA NOW AND THIS IS WHY WE LET THEM. WE ARE TOO ASHAMED TO CLAIM OTHER PEOPLE WHO ARE OBVIOUSLY BLACK. THERE ARE EAST AFRICANS WITH VERY DARK SKIN AND NATURALLY STRAIGHT HAIR. THEY ARE NOT CAUCASION, THEY ARE BLACK. BLACK PEOPLE COME IN DIFFERENT SHADES AND WITH DIFFERENT HAIR TEXTURES. THEY ARE ALL BLACK. WHITE PEOPLE TRY TO CLAIM OTHER RACES AS THEIR OWN. SOME LATINOS AND ASIANS CONSIDER THEMSELVES WHITE INSTEAD OF ANOTHER RACE. 9 TIMES OUT OF 10 THEY ARE WRONG. THEY ARE NOT WHITE EITHER. PLENTY OF OTHER… Read more »
Vivian
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Why are there ignorant people commenting on this? it’s really pissing me off his article was for us to enjoy and find fascinating. These are dark skin people wit no white in their genes with blonde hair coming out their scalp. they are not light-skinned they are dark. that is amazing. an article like this has never come out before. So don’t try and put us down for showing some interest if you didn’t care why comment?

Michele Antoinette
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reading thoroughly is truely a gift!

Tracy
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There are native australians that also have natural blonde hair, which is the oddest yet beautiful thing I’ve personally seen. I realized this when I camped in the Outback of Australia and we had aboriginal tour guides, of whom called me “Sista” even though I am clearly African American. They were the most welcoming and beautiful people I’ve ever met!

Aleah
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I think this is very interesting, mainly because its not something you see in black people, unless they are mixed, and even then they’re hair usually isn’t as blonde, nor that texture. The fact that they have a different gene, truely amazes.me. I think the people that are trying to down play the artice, or don’t see the interesting part of it, may just have a jealous bone in their body. They’re hair is amazing. So many people pay to TRY to get their hair like that.

Dillxp
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This is a nice article and interesting. I also feel like the old adage if you have nothing nice to say don’t say anything needs to be put here the admin felt like it was interesting so she posted it. If you find it not interesting don’t be negative.

Lvflg
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amen! Dillxp. amen. if you don’t find the article interesting or have nothing to contribute other than your dislike/disdain.…i mean — why bother??? it’s like wasted energy. simply go to the next article…

Jess
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I think all the people attacking Merry’s comment are just angry and bored. Interesting article. I love diversity.

the block
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Well, I find it very good to know what I learned about this article even if I knew all of that. documentaries in french television often picture a view of the culture of these islands. but yet, I think that albinos have their own genetics that make them stand out also, even if they don’t have a pigmented skin. And also, the redhead ladies of my family (with freakles and all) could be a mystery for a lot of people. Should I ad that I’m a french girl from african descent (my family is from cameroon and none of them… Read more »
Rae
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Just as several others have said, these people are not Black. Anyhow, it is cool to see the contrast between dark skin & light hair.

kemeticlady
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Really, I don’t care what research/science is presented. Dark skin is heavy melanin, and with the first man being of African decent, any dark skin has had to have some African in the bloodline. I don’t give a hoot if you call em Asian, White or whatever. Dark skin is of African origin. Period! African’s traveled all over the globe, so to see darker skinned people anywhere doesn’t surprise me.

Patricia Kayden
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Agreed.

trenadiva
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guys, when u say someone is black dont it usually mean, that they are from african descent and not necessary that they have dark skin. for example indians are dark-skinned people with a different texture of hair. they are not described as black, cause they are not black jus dark-skinned. the point am tryin to make,is that these persons are not black, (goin with the definition that black persons are those from african descent) but just dark-skinned. therefore the title of the article and the use of the term “black” by fellow commentators to describe the subjects of the article… Read more »
renee
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I think this is an informative article for those that were not in the know and those that just are intersted. That being said, I read the majority of comments on here and had to kind of (back-up) because ppl are arguing race and/ vs ethnicity. Black is not a race! It’s a color pretty much solely used by the Western World. Arguing black vs Asian vs Melanesians, etc.(sp?)is a moot point.

Tiffani
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Umm I think you may want to recheck your definitions. Black is nothing more than a race. And race describes nothing more than what you see. If you want to argue that we shouldn’t discuss race in general and only culture that’s fine but when we create our own definitions we lose the ability to communicate.

Shamiso
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I was born and grew in Zimbabwe, I still remember growing up and especially in school we had some kids who had blonde Afro hair though. We used to call them ginger hair, so I guess there is a posibility they are black with no European traces. However, I still believe that the Europeans back in the days did some sort of experiment with these people and the result was this blend.

Chris
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This has really been an interesting read for me!!!!! But my question right now is , Are they black or asian?

fluffy in flight
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As soon as I saw this post and the amount of responses I just knew that there would be some controversy. People we are ALL HUMAN BEINGS. This is exactly what happens when you try to put people in a box and categorize them. Why is there such a need anyway to label human beings? We ALL come in different colours, shapes, sizes. Why not appreciate that. Isn’t variety the spice of life? Why is there even a problem as to what these people are. Is this really necessary? It’s at times like these that it really reinforces how messed… Read more »
Tiffani
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I’m sorry but I think it’s kind of sad and pathetic that the black world is amazed by things like this. It’s sort of like the uproar the media made about that dark skin baby born with blue eyes. It’s like we’re amazed and astonished that we can genetically look like the people our community spends millions of dollars trying to imitate. It’s sad.

And please stop with this it’s beautiful nonsense. Because generally speaking dark skin women don’t look nice blonde hair, it’s not complementary and that’s just a fact.

Beth
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If you were raised around these people it’d be nothing but complementary to you, and you might even think dark skinned people with dark hair looks strange. Beauty is diverse.

Shug Avery
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+1

Shug Avery
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+1

LBell
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THANK YOU…I was hoping someone would mention that kid. It was really embarrassing to see black folks going on about him like he was the Messiah or something. Sure, he’s cute, but “wonderful”? (search “black boy blue eyes” on YouTube) My eyes still ache from rolling so hard… I’m also amazed at the amount of commentary on this news item. The main POINT is that there is a subset of Melanesians that come by their blonde hair naturally, not because they’re all descended from some European. That’s IT. Those of us who got a decent education as kids and/or are… Read more »
Michele Antoinette
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If they like it, you should love it. just because you don’t find it complimentary doesn’t mean no one else does—-your fact, your reality. i’m sure you don’t wake-up thinking i have to please everyone…and i’m pretty sure that you’ve made choices that were perceived as less than stellar. This child is beautiful mostly because this is what she looks like natural and natural is beautiful.It’s funny because not so long ago people said that dark skin people didn’t look that great being equal to whites.…get my point? all it takes is time.

Michele Antoinette
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@tiffani

IJS
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You know what i find cool… Most of the times peoples eyebrow color matches their hair color along with their eye lashes and hers doesn’t. I think its really neat. I think the point of the artical was just to point out that its not something that we see everyday. I think its worth studying.

Fe
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[img]https://bglh-marketplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/tanmom.jpg[/img]

Can someone please provide the scientific explanation behind this?

Happy Mother’s Day!

Kendra
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@Fe…I almost fell out my chair laughing!!! Thanks for making my Friday, Happy Mother’s Day to you too!!!!

Senitra
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LMAO ..

Pretdva
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+ 100000!!! Thanks Fe for the gut laugh!!!!!

Patricia Kayden
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HAHAHAHAHAHA!! Thanks for the deep belly laugh.

No explanation!

dani
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too much tanning and way too much bleach

dani
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if you didn’t know that you are an idiot

Happy Nappy
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This was tooo funny!! That lady is insane!

Sheila Jefferson
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STUPIDITY!!!!

Marcia
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There are no words

Anonie
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If the sperm that fertilised the egg is from a white man’s balls the child is not black but mixed raced. If a sperm leaves a black man’s ball and fertilises a white woman’s egg the child is also not black but also mixed raced. Such children can choose one or both races as their parents are from different races.

Gia
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wth kind of comment is this?

Alexandra
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+1

Faye
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+2 WTH?

kinetiq
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actually there is a blond gene that these ppl have that causes their blond hair that is not found in European dna. so it doesnt have anything to do with race mixing. sorry.

Rachel
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Did you even read the article?

YahDess
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I’m pretty sure that perception is well understood by most, as it is considered politically (even technically) correct…but I’m sure it falls upon deaf ears here, as you’d truly need to direct that comment toward the European-Americans who created, and helped to strictly facilitate and maintain the “one-drop” rule. It is ultimately up to the bi-racial or multi-racial individual to choose their self-identification, I totally agree, as long as they don’t totally denounce who they are. Most of them that I know of (regardless of which parent they were raised by, or what type of environmental demographic they grew up… Read more »
Drakelover
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You people need to go to school. this child is not black like african girls she is an Aborigines and Aborigines have got a lot of blonde hair!

merry
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a lot of australian aboriginals refer to themselves as black people.

did you know that?

Auty
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i think you need to go to school…Black does not mean African or of African descent no one said she was of African descent but she is Black. In the world we live in there are only two races, either your black or your white. On the U.S. Census it clearly states this. Personally I believe there is only one race (the human race) but in terms of color this little girl is considered Black. And yes Aborigines, which are the natives of Australia before they were colonized by England, are known to have Blonde hair. If you read the… Read more »
Rachel
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Actually, in the world we live in, there are more than one “race”, otherwise where do you put far east and middle east Asian people, Native american, South American people, etc…

But yeah, genetically, I’m pretty sure there is only one race.

Arty
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Actually,people need to know the difference between Race, Ethnicity,and Nationality.Middle Eastern people are considered Asian. South American people can be black,white or Native American.People also need to look up the history of migration,because you will learn where certain people have migrated from. Such as Native Americans migrated from parts of Asia.

len
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Middle Easterners are Semites, not Asians. Gi back to school!

smegma jones
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Semitic is a language grouping and has zero to do with race.And no not all middle easterns are Semitic speaking million are not.Malta is part of the European union and Maltese is a Semitic language.Don’t confuse language with race.Middle easterners are many races from white to black and everything in between.The middle east is a very large region.

smega jones
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Middle easten people are multiracial some are white some are not in general the Levantine middle easterners are white.The grand mufti of Jerusalem was an Arab and had blond haired and blue eyed he was a SS general.Saying middle easterners are Asian is not at all accurate.There are millions of white Arabs and non arabs in Lebanon and Syria and Jordan.

YahDess
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Well, I suppose you’re one of those individuals who’d ALSO like to proclaim that East Africans aren’t REALLY “black” like the OTHER “black Africans” throughout the majority of the vast continent of Africa…for whatever twisted reasonings you can imagine. lol

YahDess
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Also, WE PEOPLE most likely would not have learned anything in school pertaining to the study above, as most U.S. school districts skirt away from (or sugar-coat) anything remotely similar to ethnic or cultural truths. It is our job to now deprogram and re-educate ourselves and next generations, which I believe is exactly what this study intends to do.

Ellie
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Then why are her eye lashes and eyebrows black/not blonde?
This seems fake to me… but she is a very beautiful little girl, I love her skin colour, it looks so soft and smooth.

Brittanie
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If you look at her roots, her eyebrows and eyelashes match them.

Reflekshun
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actually her eyebrows are very near the color of her hair… I have never seen “blonde” eyelashes except on an albino… but i could be wrong… i am inclined to believe that this is a very real picture of a very real little girl.. who by the way is absolutely gorgeous!

Rachel
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Fake? I don’t mean to be rude, but you need to get out more, or at least use google a little more. Lots of Aboriginies are blond with dark eyebrows/lashes.

Suri
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many ppl have eye lashes and eyebrows a different color or shade than their hair… and her roots are blonde.

smegma jones
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That girls hair look sun bleached and possibly artificially lightened.I read the article about blond genes exclusive to that population but I read a lot on garbage on the web and I am still sceptically viewing this site.

anastasia
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WOW.…..really surprised by the comments. Convergent evolution is a fascinating topic and this is why I found the article interesting-NOT the fact that Melanesians have blond hair, I thought this was well-known (along with Aborigines who are also known to posess this trait). If anyone decides to read about these people, you will find that they do, along with many others such as the Papua New Guineaians, refer to themselves as “Black”. Race IS a social construct, but race has REAL social consequences, and all of these peoples have been marginalized and oppressed due to their “blackness”. Furthermore, I’m schocked… Read more »
maralondon
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I’m also shocked by some of the ignorance some people are revealing. It helps to educate yourself, you will learn so much about yourself and others. As AA you are so lucky to have countless Historians (past and present) at your fingertips who have done extensive research into people who have descended from Africa world wide. I’m not saying there aren’t such scholars in Europe but you seem to have the cream of the crop.

Cyn
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Perfectly noted!!

callie
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actually, black people in the pacific islands did not get there because of slavery. they are descendants of people who migrated from africa while humanity itself was in its teenage years. Yes they do consider themselves black and were oppressed by european settlers but sorry, no slave ships from africa were dropping people off in the pacific ocean. slavery is no always the explanation for african-looking people outside of africa. they are indigenous peoples who have been living there since before 2000 BC while europe has been a modern economic entity since only 1000 ad and and a global african… Read more »
SA
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Cute kid.
Genetics can be complex and diverse so this really doesn’t surprise me nor fascinates me *shrugs*.

SA
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I enjoyed reading some of the comments btw I had good laugh. 🙂

CuteKinks
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Once again people flexing their “I’m smarter, more worldly, aware, intelligent, etc., etc., than you because I already knew this” muscles. Relax. Someone learned something new today. The pic of the beautiful kid made some of us happy. That’s it. Stay positive, folks.

smegma jones
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That child is not beautiful she looks like a mutant from the x-men films.

Audrey
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Welp. I now see that it is possible to be driven away from a group after reading one post’s comments. Dear Lord. I’ve seen too much here. For those who posted about the scientific relevance of this, thank you. I learned something today. I wish we could have skipped the unnecessary drama.

YahForever
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Did y’all know that there are two types of black people? Those from Ham and those from Shem (2 out of 3 of Noah’s sons). Both are scattered throughout the world today.

Peace not hair grease
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Peace not hair grease

I don’t have a scientific explanation. I just know that God is a MASTER of design and that little girl has the most beautiful smile!

Amiya
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Okay, this is how i feel about it. Reading this article did not at all fascinate me. If you know that black people are the most diverse of people, then it shoundn’t be mind blowing. Black people are the original people of this planet, everybody els came after that.This to me just proves once again that as black people we aren’t and never were inferior to the whites. They came from us. We had blonde hair before they did. There are black people who have naturally eurocentric or typically “white” features. Because again, we are diverse. Black doesn’t have one… Read more »
Likewaterforchocolate
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Likewaterforchocolate

I actually believe this article stemmed from a Natural Hair Icon feature from a few weeks ago. The Icon had naturally textured hair which was dyed blonde. From there a commenter began a debate because she stated emphatically that there are no blonde black women and that the featured Icon was not natural because blonde is not the natural color of a black woman’s hair. I have known about this particular group of people from the Soloman Islands for a while now, so I can understand why this may not fascinate folks who were already aware.

Lin
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>expect to see comments discussing how amazing and varied the genetics of our people are and how beautiful we are >gets comments arguing about how they’re not really black and how this isn’t interesting and we should not be fascinated with things that are generally uncommon with the majority of our race Genetics war 2012. Seriously, ladies. Come on, now; this shit is embarrassing. Telling people they have no reason to think this is interesting, and saying they’re “not even black?” Why are we being so supremest and isolationist? You should seriously be ashamed of yourselves. I know I sure… Read more »
smegma jones
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Her bone structure is not negroid.Her nose is also not typically a negroid nose and blond hair defiantly is not an African negroid feature.These island people are not Africans at all period.Do some Negros from Africa have blond hair I’m sure they do but %99.9999 don’t.I am more interested in intelligence and for some reason blacks can’t seem to produce much in that realm.I wonder what these blond darkies would score on an IQ test?It would have to be higher that Negros because they are the lowest on the IQ testing charts.

Ty Mill
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You speak about intelligence.…yet you make comments like that. You are the ignorant one and there are just as many intelligent blacks are they are intelligent people of other races. I would love to know where you got your degree from…better yet…do you have a degree? You need to fall on your knees and pray…but someone so ignorant most likely doesn’t believe in God either. I’ll pray for you.…..

Cheryl
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In reading the comments here today, I’m amazed at the ignorance displayed in the comments.

Though this phenomena is not new to me, I always love seeing it. It’s so cool!

Of course, she is Australian or Aboriginal. Crazy, that someone posted that her coloring was faked. Just because so much in America is faked, sewed in or dyed, the Aboriginal coloring most certainly is not.

All Things O'Natural
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Well put, Cheryl. I’m simply amazed by the comments as well. Though I knew about this phenomena and actually wrote a blog post on it over a year ago on my blog: http://allthingsonatural.blogspot.com/2011/03/do-blacks-with-natural-blond-hair.html ..I too find it fascinating each time I hear or see an article of it. Again, well stated

Aisa @ 4 Us Naturals
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I was completely unaware of this phenomenon. What a cutie. BTW regular some African Americans are also blonde haired. My cousin had blonde hair when she was a kid. Not sure why/how it darkened though. I think some people’s hair is reactive to the sun and lightens in summer. Hmmm.

Richanna
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I am from Brazil and this is not new. I have cousins that are mixed race as I am and they have blonde hair. Why are so many people being hateful.The child in the picture is mixed race. I do not call myself purely black because I am mixed race. I am Moreno or parda( look it up). We all come from Africa anyhow.

Suri
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she is not mixed. read the article. the result of her blonde does not come from white DNA.… therefore, it is safe to assume that she is pure black. black ppl are diverse and beautiful. thats it, we dont have to be mixed to be that way.

Richanna
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Pure Black? How about Pure Human. This is what I say when someone rudely asks me “what are you”.

Richanna
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In reply again. All of my cousins that have this blonde hair are very dark skinned. I am as well and this is why people ask the rude question. I do not believe anyone on this planet is pure anything except human.

Mudiwa
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…yet you initially said she’s mixed. There are still people on the planet, due to isolation, culture, etc, who are not what is considered mixed race. And in the article it clearly stated that her type of blonde does not come from the same type as people of European descent. It easy to see yourself and your experience in her, and that’s not a bad thing. But it’s better to expand your thinking (not just you but everyone) and see the amazing differences in Black people around the world. I see people in Papua New Guinea as no different than… Read more »
Black Women in Europe
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One of my best friends from Howard University has naturally blond hair. She was born and raised in West Virginia and so were her parents and her parents’ parents, and their parents.….

Nadine Fletcher
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It really saddens me that we cannot simply take this article’s explanation the way it was intended. There are so many things we do not know about the human family. Have we been so brain washed by the lighter persuasion that we fail to realize, we are part of the human race as a family. Technically speaking there is only one race, the Human Race. It has nothing to do with white, black , brown or red. The bible says there is neither Greek nor Jew. We know there are Greeks and Jews but it means that all people are… Read more »
Higher Learning
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Well said! The human race is diverse, and let us not place stereotypes on people. We are all one big family spread all over the world. Lets celebrate our differences and learn to love each other as required by Christ. Without love we are nothing. Peace!

Nadine Fletcher
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Dear Higher Learning! You said it even better So Sweet and to the
Point!!.

Ray
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This little girl is gorgeous. Regardless of what other ppl are commenting, just accept this little girl is precious. End of conversation.

Nadine Fletcher
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Thanks Ray, Yes she is gorgeous. All of our children are Precious.

Nadine Fletcher
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Did not say she was mixed in any form. You need to read the comment again. Your interpretation is not quite accurate. And for the record
we are one family period. The human family. Mankind uses our differences to conquer and divide us. The Creator likes variety and all
humans are of one race. The Human Race, Peace.

Tina
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Guys their is a very simple explanation for this. This crazy woman has said that she uses a combination of bronzing (spray tanning) and tanning beds. Her skin is so dark because she has been layering on spray tans. Her actual melanin(skin pigment) cannot get that dark no matter how much she goes to the beach or tanning bed. She is bacically painting herself black. It has NOTHING to do with having african genes. This woman is white painting herself dark skin. Anything else is physically impossible as she simply does not have the genetic makeup to get that dark… Read more »
fab
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Um… most comments are in regards to the child. The picture of the women was put up as a joke.

Tina
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However I love the cover photo of the young child from the soloman islands! Although the color combination is striking it is not disturbing like the cyco lady. Its beautiful and awe inspiring! Why, because it the way Jehovah God created them that way naurally so it works together harmoniously. I hope on my travels I am able to meet one someday. I have also read about the naturally blonde blacks in Australia as well, some even with blue eyes. Tracey Wallace thank you for your article! It was truely informative! 🙂

Nadine Fletcher
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Hi Tina, I am in agreement with both of your comments.
However the lady who is abusing herself is rather sad.
But this beautiful little girl is the way God intended to her be.
You are so right. Mankind is wonderfully made.

Marva
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What a beautiful child! My God is amazing and how manifold are his works!

AnaDion
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+
Thank you for a lovey, no drama, totally benign comment
Ppl say some crazy things sometimes…

Carrie
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Aborigines are NOT black, we sometimes say we are in Australia when we compare ourselves to white Australians but we are aborigine not black. No offense to anyone.

Nadine Fletcher
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Carrie no offense to you. Aborigines are not African Americans that’s for sure. But you certainly do have black skin and broad features regardless to what you are not. And so do some Indians have black skin it has nothing to do with race. You are not above yourself, and you are still part of the human family. Not all whites are Caucasians as in European whites. Yet there are other races that have fair white skin and silky hair. No one argues that these people are not white. The word black means the color is black, extremely dark. Not… Read more »
Chelsea
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I don’t understand why this is such a big deal. I know people are probably going to be upset with me but I’m just going to say it anyway. If we spend more time trying to work towards global equality instead of proving that “black people can have blonde hair too” we would live in a better world. WHO CARES if they have blonde hair. We spend way too much time worried about skin color and hair texture…it’s 2012 can we please focus on something that matters? Also, for those of you talking about how beautiful this child is…how many… Read more »
Nadine Fletcher
Guest

Chelsea Thanks for your input that was very well said.
And certainly a great deal to think about.
I don’t think we are changing the world until God step in and does it.
But we certainly can focus on more positive things, until that time
arrives.

jesi racsumberger
Guest

UMM HELLO..THE LITTLE GIRL ISNT BLACK, SHE IS ABORIGNINAL (NATIVE AUSTRALIAN) MOST OF THEM LOOK LIKE THAT

Kay
Guest

Stupid black ISN’T an ethnicity such as Aboriginal or Nigerian or African American!! Black is the color of ones skin. Take your head out of your butt before you go attempting to prove people wrong. This child is a black Aboriginal. Not a black African. Black people exist all over the world even though they may not all be of African descent. Gosh. White people seem to have gotten it all messed up in terms of race vs ethnicity Ms Racsumberger. Melanesia (melanin?) means Black Skinned Island therefor they’re BLACK! They even refer to themselves black. NOT AFRICAN BUT BLACK!!

Kay
Guest

And FYI I have seen MANY PEOPLE OF AFICAN DESCENT with these same facial features minus the blonde hair!

jade
Guest

i am a mixed girl and i am scared it is going to come out ugly!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

stabber
Guest

im sorry but dark skin
light hair is hideous
i dont care if
you think im racist

smegma jones
Guest

I don’t think you are racist the girl looks like a friggin mutant.She needs a haircut and some dye plus a little civilization wouldn’t hurt her either.

la*belle
Guest

smegma, your comments have been mean and just disheartening. It’s terrible to think somebody could be that cruel with their words. Maybe you need some ‘civilization’. I really hope you’re just trolling.

Dewbee
Guest

So does that mean light skin and dark hair is hideous as well ?

rasal
Guest

you’re not a racist, just a dumb ignorant asshole.

chanel
Guest

Mane, screw you and your rude ass comments, there isn’t any need to judge, based on their dark beautiful skin. Also, hair color.

yelena
Guest
Why do white people GET THERE HIPS AND BUTT DONE WHY DO THAT PUT IN HAIR CLIPS WHY DO THEY TAN OH BECAUSE THEY TRY TO LOOK LIKE BLACK GIRLS BUT YALL HATE US SO MUCH they tan so there skin can be darker ugh I hate white ppl so fake and yall,see why we act like this do yall know what yall white ass cracker did to our granparents thank about somebody beating ur grandmom to death till she bleeds thank about someone kicking her in her face because she did not pick up something right its a shame… Read more »
totes
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Seriously, you monkey faced blackies are all the same. You cry and cry over something that happened a hell of a long time ago, and what exactly are you expecting? Should every single white person bow down and kiss your feet and give you reparations? Did you personally get whipped or had your face kicked in? No? You’re saying you just like stirring shit up? It’s people like you that make me feel horribly racist. And shit guy, who’s to say us white crackers are trying to look black? There are plenty of other naturally tan lovely ladies out there,… Read more »
nzembi
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Dude that’s jst being plain racist.… bt why don’t u admit the truth …you all try to look like us… cause we got the body and the awsome skin…( may I say we don’t go all red with exposure to too much sun or when embarsed ) so if I were u i wuld just shut up..b cause u did’nt choose to be white… u culd hav been a black… then what wuld u hav done? ?

Cupcakepink
Guest

I knowthis asshole was racist but saying things like this: “( may I say we don’t go all red with exposure to too much sun or when embarsed )”
Is blushing something to be ashamed of now?
And since when do only white people burn in the sun.
Alot of my asian friends need sunscreen too.
What would you say about black albino’s. These peole burn too. They can’t help it.

hallyr
Guest

GET THERE HIPS AND BUTT DONE”

Not all africans/black people have big hips or butts.

Christine
Guest
Yelena, I’ve never met someone who appreciated their grandmother being beat. Seriously, “thank about” someone beating her? Be thankful about someone beating her? Because I might think about it, but I would never “thank” about it. And I’m sooo sick of this “why do white girls tan” crap. Why? Because it shows they have time to sunbathe. Why do black people straighten their hair and dye it blonde? Oh, yeah. Because they want to look white. The argument is just as stupid and untrue both ways. And slavery was abolished years ago. Why are you spending so much time talking… Read more »
addicttou
Guest

No need to think you’re a racist because you are.

Frances
Guest

Somew of these comments are ridiculous beyond belief. It shows the utter ignorance of those that have made them. Melanesians from Solomon Islands and Vanuatu to name only two places are dark skinned and yes horror of all horrors some have very blonde hair and yes some is straight and yes some have dark eye lashes too. This is how it is lets stop questioning why or if its true because it is and thats that. Beautiful places beautiful people and you people that doubt it get educated and get real.

Mo
Guest

Stop calling these people black, they are not black. Calling people black is from American culture. Japanese people have ultra white skin but they arnt considered white as well as Koreans. People don’t call Indian people black so just stop. They have no African blood in them whatsoever.

Steph
Guest

So there are “black” Cubans and “black” East-Indians so I disagree with your comment. I always have one simple question when determining if one is “black”: you just saw the little kid up top run out of a convenience store where they just stole something, the police roll up and ask you what color/ race was the person.….what do you say??

QML
Guest

Well what country are we in… that would determine was societal construct I place on them. If we are in the United States.. I would say Black… If this scenario occurred somewhere else… I may say something else. Such as the kid is African. Or the kid is polynesian. Just depends on where we are.

cupcakepink
Guest
I was blonde when i was a kid and now i am brown haha. And saying black people gave the blonde to white people is a bit far fetched to me. They always said that blonde was a mutation long, long ago in white people. Before that, everyone was dark haired. I don’t think that aboriginal or pacific people in general, are “Black”. Black is a race. And as far as i learnt at school, black people are all coming from Africa. But as stated in the comments, black people emigrated to other parts of the world like australia(aboriginals)and they… Read more »
loran
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you have no idea what your talking about, ‘black’ is not a race, it is a color and African people are not black they are different shades of brown. there are a lot of blonde light skinned Africans, the word black only came from the colonization of Europeans,i come from africa but im light skined, not black

justno
Guest

Stfu we’re all Brown no ones. Black. If we were black shit would be weird. Lol Imma stop trollin.

I Luv People
Guest

I saw someone very black one time.. no lie. His black eyebrows matched his black stretch marks, I mean blacker than black. None the less, people are all colors and are all beautiful in the LORDs eyes because He made them all. I’m tired of society trying to dictate what God has made good. Who is a human to judge someone elses looks, right? 🙂

QML
Guest

Explain the difference between race and color.… I was always informed that race is a man made construct based off of skin color!!! So if black isn’t a racial descriptor than what Race is an African American?

lindo
Guest

when the tanning machine becomes your enemy

lindo
Guest

when the tanning machine becomes your worst enemy

Lola
Guest
All of you need to realize that yes Aboriginals are Black and yes they are descendants of AFRICAN PEOPLE!!!!! YOU SO CALLED ABORIGINALS ARE ASHAMED TO BE EQUATED WITH THE BLACK CULTURE, the reason is, the little girl has facial features of a Black person,(African) just because you equate straight hair with non blacks is not so Just because you have a problem with associating yourself with “BLACK PEOPLE”, IS YOUR DAMN BUSINESS, EITHER WAY,IT IS WHAT IT IS, SHE IS A BLACK LITTLE GIRL, AND YES IT HAS BEEN PROVEN THAT ABORIGINALS ARE AFRICAN DESCENDED, SO GET OVER IT… Read more »
QML
Guest

You are so wrong on so many levels… “African Americans are the Jews from the Bible.” African AMERICANS??? are the JEWS from the Bible??

once again…that egocentric thnking…

littleputtycat
Guest
In fact, the blonde Melanesians have blonde that is unique solely to them. According to the study in which scientists compared 43 blonde hair islanders to 42 dark hair islanders, blonde Melanesians have a variant of a native gene called TYRP1 that plays an important role in the melanin biosynthetic pathway. This variant is completely separate from what causes blonde hair in Europeans, and doesn’t even exist in the European genetic set. What’s truly beautiful in this fascinating discovery, as so perfectly stated by the study author Sean Myles, a geneticist at Nova Scotia Agricultural College, is that “it’s a… Read more »
kat
Guest

Who cares? Why can’t people with dark skin have light hair? I happen to think this little girl is beautiful. The only reason why you people think people with that kind of skin color shouldn’t have that kind of hair is because of society. Stop this. We are all beautiful.

Lydia
Guest

She is soooo pretty.

la*belle
Guest

Isn’t she just? Lovely smile.

QML
Guest
Wow… we have become so Westernized in our thinking. How DARE we associate a term “Black” to these individuals? Calling them “Black” and bringing them into our westernized ideology, completely strips them of their culture and heritage. They are more so associated with Polynesia and New Guinea. How do they fit our man made, culturally constructed,racial definition of Black. This shows how egocentric we tend to be. How can we “claim” these people as Black, therefore implying some cultural connatation that does not hold up. Just because someone has darker pigmentation DOES not mean they are “Black” (how we use… Read more »