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Halle Berry: My Daughter Nahla Is Black

Halle Berry: My Daughter Nahla Is Black

Halle Berry graces the cover of Ebony‘s March 2011 issue.

Here’s what the 44-year-old actress shared with the mag (via E! Online):

On her daughter Nahla‘s mixed race (The 2-year-old’s father is Canadian model Gabriel Aubry): “What I think is that that’s something she’s going to have to decide. I’m not going to put a label on it. I had to decide for myself, and that’s what she’s going to have to decide—how she identifies herself in the world. And I think, largely, that will be based on how the world identifies her. That’s how I identified myself. But I feel like she’s black. I’m black and I’m her mother, and I believe in the one-drop theory.” (The one-drop rule was used during segregation to classify a person as black if they had any African ancestry.)

On how she identifies herself: “If you’re of multiple races, you have a different challenge, a unique challenge of embracing all of who you are but still finding a way to identify yourself, and I think that’s often hard for us to do. I identify as a black woman, but I’ve always had to embrace my mother and the white side of who I am, too. By choosing, I’ve often [wondered], ‘Well, would that make her feel like I’m invalidating her by choosing to identify more with the black side of myself?’”

On balancing motherhood with acting: “Being a mother is probably the most important thing in my life right now. Career is important, but nothing really supersedes my role as a mother. That’s the most important thing I’m going to do in this life at this point.”

Also pictured inside: Halle leaving Pane e Vino after having lunch and shopping at furniture store CB2 on Tuesday (February 8) in L.A. She carried a Coach Kristin leather tote, which will be available beginning on February 18!

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  • Zoe Moon

    I love Halle Berry and it is obvious just how much she loves Nahla. I hope everything get worked out with her ex who I amm trying really hard not to think he called her those offensive name. Halle keep your head. You are one tough and strong black woman.

  • Kayla

    Actually, Nahla is more white than black.

  • Kirsten

    I am a mix of black, white, and native american. I don’t think there needs to be a label. I am proud of every part of my background. Hopefully, Nahla will be too.

  • Diane

    She’s uncomprehensibly beautiful…no wonder she’s so fcking crazy.

  • summer

    She sounds so shifty. Why in the world would this white man get involved w/ an African American (black) woman, have a baby w/ her and then ALLEGEDLY refuse to admit his child is half African American (black)? It doesn’t add up.

  • Ho Ho

    Your daughter is MIXED sweetie, get over it. Stop make a bad situation worse with your ex – your kid will read all this crap years from now. Try being a little less selfish and think of your child. Try the high road.

  • rosana

    that sounds a bit sick to me,Nahla will be free to decide only if she’ll be growing with respect to her backgrounds,the TWO of them,black and white and american and canadian

  • mailey

    I get what she’s saying but nahla is more euro ancestry than herself at 3/4ths so..

  • cari

    The more she opens her mouth during this custody battle, the less respect and liking I have for her.

  • guest

    The 1 drop rule was created by white people. Blacks did not have rights at that time and whites wanted anyone with a drop of african-american blood in them are considered black. If you saw Halle on the streets you would call her black.

  • Bex

    She accuses each of her partners of something massive. She’s a psycho. U better watch out olivier, you’re next!!

  • G-Girl

    STOP IT with the “she will decide later’ crap. Her nationality has been decided. She is made up of all sorts of beautiful. Let’s move on people, Halle included. Seriously.

  • Vanissa

    Mariah Carey is also half and she always talks proudly of being mixed rather than making a giant issue of just being one when she is really both. Be proud of mixed heritage. Halle is an *ss.

  • Real Black Woman

    Halle, as a black woman, I am insulted.

    I don’t consider a child who at probably 80% white-European ancestry black.

    This child does not look black and may not even identify as black later in life.

    The nerve of people like Halle to think she can have children with white men and still call these kids black even if they’re 80 percent European in genetic make-up. Halle, you’re probably 60% white and 40% black.

    Na! Ha! Halle.

    Shut up and stop insulting the father of the child.

    This is just dumb.

    Piss me off!

  • anna

    the one drop rule is so racist! we would never call nahla black in brazil..she’s actually only 1/4 black and should embrace all of her.. I don’t get this!

  • Jazz

    As a bi-racial child, I don’t understand why we have to choose. What does picking one side actually do? Honestly, the idea that mixed race children have to choose what race they should identify with is ridiculous. If anything it just causes problems… we should be free to live without labels.

  • Halli

    STFU Halle. I’m a black woman and this woman is inane. If anything Nahla is CLEARLY bi-racial. Stop the color wars

  • Real Black Woman

    @summer: The child isn’t half African American.

    The child is likely less than 1/4 black.

    African American, on average,have 20% European ancestry.

    This means Halle is lkely 60% white and 40% black.

    Gabriel is French-Canadian and white.

    Nahla is more like 80% European in ancestry NOT half.

    This is dumb.

    She was with the guy for five years, gushing about how great he was, and now he’s a racist when he’s asking for half custody of his child?

  • jane

    HELLO, EVERYONE has african ancestry? Don’t people remember the discovery that life’s origin id there. Therefore the one drop theory doesn’t exist, EVERYONE has african blood!

  • lilaH

    @Real Black Woman: Halle never said he was a racist. TMZ reported his ex said that.

  • Real Black Woman

    @guest: The ODR may have been created by whites hundreds of years ago, but TODAY, in modern society, it’s one group and one group ONLY that promotes it: African Americans.

    It’s just idiotic to consider a child with 80% European ancestry, gray eyes, olive skin and golden, light brown hair black.

  • lemon

    @Real Black Woman: Real black woman? You are just a racist. Shut up. Nahla is bi-racial. Get over it.

  • 11

    @jane: Tell that to the white pople that invented the one drop rule. It will exist no matter what, look at our president.

  • kim

    I really dont understand the mixed race mixed religion issue not being mixed myself. But if the facts are that Halle is half white and Gabriel white doesnt that make Nahla mixed as well? Obama may look black, but he comes across as white guy when he dances :) If you’re mixed, you’re mixed, why not embrace it?

  • Jayla

    If she really wanted a black child she shouldn’t have chosen (used) Aubry.

    She almost seems anti-white and yet she is on to her 2nd white dude in a row. She seems conflicted. She needs to see a therapist.

  • Jess

    Halle’s publicist is about to start working overtime. She’s showing her true, lunatic self…and it isn’t that pretty after all.

  • noyo

    @Vanissa: actually, Mariah has said in several interviews pretty much the same thing that Halle just said. She states that she is mixed, proud to be mixed, but considers herself black because of the one drop rule.

  • Kiki

    She’s pathetic…unattractive inside and out

  • Here.

    Someone should remind her,This isn’t the 1800′s it’s 2011!!! the world is mixing and pretty soon we’ll all be the same color,I’m a Biracial and i say F**ck the one drop rule,I don’t think she realizes she’s saying all these things about gabe to make him look bad but she’s doing nothing but making herself look bad.

  • tread softly

    This is the kind of behavior that doesn’t earn box office hits!!!!! utterly disappointed in this woman!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Marianna

    Excuse me but you don’t know if Gabriel is 100% white. I don’t know about Canadian whites. But here in America at least 50 million whites have at least one African-American ancestor. Then, if you throw in the possibility of being Native American also. Most people are mutts. Nahla looks more like a black child than a white child. The same goes for Thandie Newton kids also. Who knows maybe the mother black genes are hooking up with the black genes in the white parent.

  • Open bar


    No,lemon, Real Black Woman is not racist.
    Reread ,s l o w l y !!

    She says Halle is nuts. Nahla is 1/4 Black at the most.
    Halle is trying to appease the Black racist, Ebony mag can sometimes be that way, and appease her Black audience by saying her child is Black American. .

    Oh boy,I sure hope that sweet,poor,beautiful, innocent child does not get damaged by Halle.
    Halle has put out stuff in her war with Gabriel.He is taking her to court.
    The child’s name and face is all out there. Halle needs to stop talking about her child. Gabriel’s camp and Halle’s should settle this, with him having legal joint custody ,in judges’ chambers. Private, however it is done.
    Halle is as crazy is.Halle is pretty which does not last forever, but crazy and damaged lasts forever.
    Hopefully, Gabriel will get joint legal custody for his daughter’s sake and she can have some normal influence by him.

  • Vanissa

    @noyo: I’ve never read that Mariah considers herself only black. In any case, Ive also never read Halle say she is proud to be mixed.

  • Marianna

    You don’t know if Nahla is 1/4 black unless you do a DNA test. Gabriel may not be 100% white. He could have black, Native American, Asian, etc…ancestry that you don’t see with the naked eye. As I said, 50 million whites in America have at least one black ancestor. I bet some of you would be surprise to know that the English royal family even has some black ancestry.

  • Marianna

    Gabriel may not be 100% white. You cannot detect people’s full ancestry with the naked eye all the time.

  • Nicole

    Gabriel Aubry is ridiculously hot.

    Just thought that had to be said.


  • Marianna

    Please in Brazil a lot of black people wouldn’t be considered black. You have about 100 different racial stratifications there. What I find interesting about Brazil is that 80% or 90% of the people have African ancestry.

  • Marianna

    In Brazil, a lot of black people wouldn’t be consider black. There is about 100 racial stratifications there. What I find interesting about 85% of Brazilians have African ancestry.

  • Jessi

    I’m so sick of hearing these REAL BLACK WOMEN. They want so much for people to treat them the same as everyone else, yet they insist on putting themselves in a different category as so called ‘White women’ . Which, for real, its rare to find anyone who is FULLY ‘White’ or FULLY ‘Black’ , no matter how you look on the outside! I’m mixed – latin,english, and a little black. How is it that all these black people think OUR president is a black man?? HE’S BOTH! JEEZ! Get over yourselves, and quit acting like being black is like rooting for your favorite football team or something! its SOO imature.

  • Grow up Halle!

    What the heck is wrong with Halle? The child is half black and half white. Is she saying it is only black because she is mad at the baby’s father. MORON!

  • Jane

    By insisting her daughter is black, Halle is being extremely disrespectful to her white mother who raised her single-handedly after her black father abandoned her in early childhood. She should be ashamed of herself. The child is part-black and part-white. Insisting on anything else is racist and harmful to her daughter. One drop rule, my ass.

  • Tom

    Ebony should put Jennifer beals on their next cover. Or rashida jones.

  • ava

    @ guest
    “The 1 drop rule was created by white people. Blacks did not have rights at that time and whites wanted anyone with a drop of african-american blood in them are considered black. If you saw Halle on the streets you would call her black.”

    What’s your point, if Halle Berry wants to live by standards that existed 150 years ago, then a I guess she wouldn’t mind giving up her fame and wealth and be someone’s cleaning lady because with her one drop black blood she wouldn’t be allowed the opportunity and life she has to day and also I don’t think Obama would be President of a majority white country ether since his more then one drop black blood.

    Hally Berry is a idiot, and thinks because she using the tried race card she will win public opinion, while she plays the black victim and he the big bad white racist her daughter will read about this a few years from now and wonder if her Dad calls her racist words or if her Mom lied and tried to destroy her Dad’s reputation and livelihood.

    Great mom there Berry, maybe worry less about your daughter’s 1/3 black blood and worry more about her mental and emotional will being.

  • CJ

    Its about idenifing yourself as a human being…race should not be front and center anymore…people are so mixed now that it should be a non issue..

    Its like when they say Obama is black…he’s mixed…and when Halle says she’s black, she is looking down on her mother’s side…Halle idenifies with black because she gets more attention that way…we are all humans..doesn’t matter what our race is…

  • sam

    I’m sure halle berry is surprised things aren’t going her way. Usually celebrities get away with everything because the law really doesn’t apply to them (as we’ve seen in the past with abusive idiots)..

    Being a mother is important, also keeping your daughter and your issues as private as possible is also important!!!

  • Nikki

    All of sudden white people are claiming black people?!?!. Bi-racial is not a scientific ethnological classification. I am bi-racial with a white father/black mother and every day I am reminded of what I am and what the world sees me as…a beautiful black woman and I am proud of it.

    Almost every black person in this country is mixed. Are they not black anymore? Apparently not based on the comments I’m reading. You people seem so insulted as if there is something wrong with being Black! Most bi-racial people identify as Black….Halle, Obama, Alicia Keys…even Mariah Carey who looks more white! Sorry if it hurts, blame your ancestors.

  • Tom

    @Nikki: Actually Nikki it is Halle who talks as if there is something wrong with being white. What’s more is the issue that she seems to be forcing that on Nahla who isn’t even half white but mostly white.

  • sanre

    She is such a pretty woman on the outside and probably one of the UGLIEST ever on the inside. Sorry Halle, everyone knows you are a pathological LIAR.

  • Real Black Woman

    @Marianna: Gabriel Aubrey is French Canadian, not American.

    Those 50 million white Americans you speak of have 3% or less African ancestry on average, so do the math.

  • cari

    I think with Halle the main issue is when it is convenient to be white she is white and when it is convenient to be black she is black.

    Who cares if Nahla is black or white, she is a child and Halle has suddenly decided to drag her baby into a very public custody battle. How cruel is this? And how unmotherly!