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Bay Area Students Concerned about 'Blackfishing' and Cultural Appropriation

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“Blackfishing,” describes when a non-black person culturally appropriates black features to appear black or mixed race. The trend first made news when before-and-after photos of white social media influencers went viral in 2018. The issue continues to be on the minds of some Bay Area students who are concerned the trend negatively impacts communities of color. We’ll discuss the “blackfishing” phenomenon and the lines between cultural appreciation and appropriation. This segment is part of KQED’s “Youth Takeover,” a week featuring stories developed and produced with high school students from across the Bay Area.


Breanna Broussard, senior at Woodside High School; staff Writer for the school paper, The Paw Print

Jasmine Powell, senior, Bishop O'Dowd High School

Taylor Crumpton, freelance columnist and writer for Essence Magazine, Teen Vogue and Marie Claire


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