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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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Credit: Fame Pictures; Photos: Bauergriffinonline, AKM
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184 Responses to “Halle Berry: My Daughter Nahla Is Black”

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  1. 1
    Zoe Moon Says:

    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.

  2. 2
    Kayla Says:

    Actually, Nahla is more white than black.

  3. 3
    Kirsten Says:

    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.

  4. 4
    Diane Says:

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

  5. 5
    summer Says:

    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.

  6. 6
    Ho Ho Says:

    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.

  7. 7
    rosana Says:

    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

  8. 8
    mailey Says:

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

  9. 9
    cari Says:

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

  10. 10
    guest Says:

    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.

  11. 11
    Bex Says:

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

  12. 12
    G-Girl Says:

    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.

  13. 13
    Vanissa Says:

    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.

  14. 14
    Real Black Woman Says:

    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!

  15. 15
    anna Says:

    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!

  16. 16
    Jazz Says:

    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.

  17. 17
    Halli Says:

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

  18. 18
    Real Black Woman Says:

    @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?

  19. 19
    jane Says:

    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!

  20. 20
    lilaH Says:

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

  21. 21
    Real Black Woman Says:

    @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.

  22. 22
    lemon Says:

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

  23. 23
    11 Says:

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

  24. 24
    kim Says:

    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?

  25. 25
    Jayla Says:

    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.

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