Posted Tue, February 8, 2011 9:13am EDT

Halle Berry V. Gabriel Aubry — Fight Over Baby Nahla's Race Now!

Posted Tue, February 8, 2011 9:13am EDT

The custody battle gets even uglier as Halle insists her daughter is black.

Not only are Halle Berry and her ex-boyfriend, model Gabriel Aubry, fighting over custody of their 2-year-old daughter, Nahla, but they’re also at odds over her race. “I feel she’s black,” Halle tells Ebony magazine. “I’m black and I’m her mother, and I believe in the one-drop theory.” Gabriel, 34, on the other hand, reportedly flips out anytime someone calls the little girl black and reportedly has used racial slurs in reference to Halle in the past. How awful!

Halle says Nahla was ‘traumatized’ after a visit with her dad

Despite insisting that Nahla is definitely black, Halle, 44, doesn’t want to to totally define her daughters race. “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,” says Halle. “But I feel like she’s black.”

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–Amy L. Harper

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Posted at 9:00 AM on April 27, 2012  

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NB

Posted at 6:43 AM on December 10, 2011  

Americans who desires a healthier America need to agree to educate our people firsthand to heal from its diabolical past racial tensions, to rid poverty, hunger heal the land then we can be more of a descent humanity more enlightenment will be shed upon us as we see thru healing eyes? But in our wounded truth of knowledge and the degrading dark state of minds in this intellectual society yes, Nahla is black as her mother and many more and to come and even to the purist of the white race will infiltration come then what will u call your kin? How would you enjoy most to see their future? I think blacks should be identified as original people or first peoples of the earth?

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Donna

Posted at 3:36 PM on February 16, 2011  

I have 2 bi-racial girls,,the first one Puerto Rican /White
my youngest is Black/White..I don’t believe in the 1 drop rule,,how crazy is that,,how can you dis the other part of you..both my girls state they are bi-racial,,mulatto is from slavery times I think. In North Carolina where my youngest was born they go by the race of the mother,,so she is considered there to be white..I just say claim both races,,instead of only one…One day all mixed races will be defined as HUMAN KIND

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Lara

Posted at 6:02 PM on April 20, 2011  

Bieng of mixed race is a beautiful thing, its the union of 2 different races…its proof that two races can love each other, so why should racism be introduced after the fact? There should be more mixed race children in the world..to eliminate racism once and for all. Its the 21st century and we don’t need any more Adolf Hitlers running around spewing racist garbage.

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Lericka

Posted at 6:21 PM on February 9, 2011  

I am married to a White gentleman and we have two mixed raced children…even through I would like to consider Halle’s point valid and her opinion does matter. My children are in face interracial and by claiming one race would in fact be denying the other parent, my oldest can pass as white and my baby looks mixed so son my son deny me? Know the celebrate their heritage on both sides. So that’s what Halle should teach Nahla.

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Kas

Posted at 8:47 AM on February 9, 2011  

How you can call her child black if she doesn’t look anything like black!.That’s what happens when you have interracial children.They usually pick only black side but not white.It’s racism against whites.

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Gloria

Posted at 12:07 PM on February 14, 2011  

I’m not the product of an interracial couple, nor are my siblings. We have the same parents and both of our parents were black. My grandparents and great grandparents were black. We’re very fair, have long hair with hair textures that range from straight, curly, wavy, course, you name it. And we’ve been mistaken many times for being something other than black. Teased in school for the way we look. I have relatives who are NOT the product of an interaccial union, who look more white than biracial children. Our parents taught us from the very beginning that we were black and to be very proud of who and what we were. We were told that in the real world, regardless of how you look, you will always, always be considered black. Don’t have any delusions. We were told that black produces color of various shades. As for your commment, “It’s racism against whites.” Remember, caucasians made the rules. Halle is right on point.

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redhawk

Posted at 12:56 PM on February 23, 2011  

According to everything I’ve read/heard in my lifetime, only whites can be racists. So by that theory, Hally must be white, as she is definitely a racist.

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mYnAmEiSnoNyA-nOnyA,bEez wAX

Posted at 7:34 PM on March 10, 2011  

WOAH WOAH WOAH! YOU HOLD IT RIGHT THERE! IS THERE A CERTAIN WAY BLACKS SHOULD LOOK?!?!?! NOOOOOO! THAT’S NOT RIGHT! I’M 100% BLACK BUT MY HAIR IS ONLY SEMI-CURLY AND I’M VERYYYY LIGHT SKINNED. DOES THAT MAKE ME NOT BLACK? NO I DIDN’T THINK SO! THERE IS NO WAY A BLACK PERSON SHOULD LOOK OK! GET IT STRAIGHT. ALSO REMEMBER THAT WHITES ARE THE ONES WHO MADE UP ALL THESE RULES AND EVERYTHING! DO YOU THINK A BLACK MAN SIGNED THE CONSTITUTION? NOOOOOOOO! WHITES PUT BLACKS THROUGH SLAVERY, DISCRIMINATION, AND SO MUCH MORE! THE LEAST BLACK MOTHERS OF MULTI RACIAL BABIES CAN DO IS MAKE THEIR BABY PROUD OF THEIR HERITAGE BECAUSE MOST OF THE RACE COMES FROM THE MOTHERS

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evomoni

Posted at 12:52 AM on July 16, 2011  

I’ve read all the comments and a bunch of you are so ignorant. I’m actually mixed; so I think my perspective is relevant in this case. The baby is mixed! As a mixed kid growing up, the whites denied me and the blacks denied me because I didn’t look like majority of the people in either of the races (also, ignorant parents like most of you taught their children to discriminate). The friends I grew up with were mixed as well… all of this non-sense about the baby’s race will just cause her to have an identity crisis. This issue started because of the rules of engagement during the slavery era. Ask yourself this. If Nahla were born during the slavery era, would she be working in the field, would she be a house slave or claimed by the master? The answer is pretty obvious. All in all, Nahla will end up claiming one or both sides; its how she is identified by others and how she will identify herself…
Also for peggy; you might want to touch up on your history education… as an history major, I had the privilege of learning a more detailed scope of our history in all perspectives. To clarify, Africans did sell other Africans to the Americans; however, they were forced to. When the white men traveled to Africa on the Slave ships, their intentions were to kidnap Africans to sell to others for a profit. They ran across older Africans that could not serve as slaves and forced them to trap their own kind into detainment to be kidnapped. (this isn’t something you will find in the history books; lets just say they like to leave details like that out).
And last but not least; Holle is biracial; yes indeed. And beautiful I might add. But when you look at her you cannot tell she is mixed. In fact, I was shock when I learned she was mixed. She looks full black by her complexion; she has probably been told that all her life and has accepted that. It’s not denying the other race at all. When filling out an application of any type, there isn’t always an “others” option; therefore, the applicant is forced to choose a race. Really? Think about it and stop being so hypersensitive to race. When and if Holle attended college, do you actually think she would mark that she is full white on the application? Just about all races are more dominant in their genes when they mixed with white genes; as a result, the baby looks mixed or more like the other race. It’s just something everyone has to accept! I know my response is long, but I had a whole lot to say. Take care everyone!

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JBoggie

Posted at 11:07 PM on February 8, 2011  

I am very disappointed to hear Halle and Aubry didn’t come to this conclusion BEFORE the child was born; at what point where they going to have this discussion with each other. They will need to have this talk with their child when she became older, why not come to consensus early on.

Additionally, why didn’t they come up with a “Plan B” in the event that their relationship should end. Wow, talk about poor planning.

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JBoggie

Posted at 10:48 PM on February 8, 2011  

The child is whatever race the mother identifies with so this child is black.

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zell

Posted at 8:44 PM on February 8, 2011  

Halle was middle aged and wanted a baby. Let’s face it, at the end of the day, Gabriel was picked to be sperm donor not a dad. In the US, historically, race has been determined by the one-drop rule and how you look. In other places like Europe, the concept of race may vary because they don’t really have the history we have in the US. Even though now the Census and the country now say identify with who you want to identify with, people still go by how you look and who your mama is. If Gabriel has issues with race, Halle probably shouldn’t have picked him to begin with…but once again, she just wanted a baby and he had decent genes…etc.

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oh dear

Posted at 7:43 PM on February 8, 2011  

the book “coming of age” by lorri hewett comes to mind. halle should read it sometime.

its really sad to see how her ideology seems to invalidate the fathers ancestry. what would you say if the dad said his child was white? hed be called a racist no doubt.

shes obviously of mixed race and theres nothing wrong with that!

this poor girl should be taught to “identify herself in this world” based on her values, personality and behaviour, not her skin/eye/hair colour.

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Lore

Posted at 8:58 PM on February 8, 2011  

Well said! Halle had no trouble having a child with this “white devil”, and now would like to pretend like his heritage does not play a percentage of who her daughter is (by nationality descriptive). In that case, she would be labeled as African, Cuban, French, Italian, etc…not a color. She seems like the type of person who will use a label to get what she wants, and will adapt to whatever is beneficial to her. This child is biracial or possibly mixed race depending on the heritage of the parents. She is not sole one race, so deal with it and stop pigeon holding her

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Donna

Posted at 3:39 PM on February 16, 2011  

amen!!!

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Miki

Posted at 6:35 PM on February 8, 2011  

The proper term for this child would be ‘quadroon’. She might as well call herself mixed.

She is neither black nor white. Let the girl figure this out for herself. I want Halle Berry to win this. Gabriel has racial issues. We don’t need anymore self-haters walking around here. He would definitely breed one.

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FYI

Posted at 10:14 PM on February 8, 2011  

How do you KNOW Gabriel has issues? There has NEVER been any proof that he said anything stupid like this at all. All this crap is just coming from her side. In fact, there wasn’t any discord until he was photographed w/ Kim K and then Halle flipped her lid and started all this bashing. What? She can screw around with other people but he can’t? Or is it that he just can’t screw around with anyone hotter than herself? SHE sounds like the racist one to me, if the shoe was on the other foot and he said the same thing about his daughter being white only…CAN YOU IMAGINE! Just so you know, a guy who lives with, loves and reproduces with someone who HALF black, appears to love his MIXED baby, and dates Armenian chicks doesn’t sound very racist to me so you sound like your jumping the gun.

HALLE BERRY IS A PSYCHO, doesn’t she know that one day her daughter is going to be able to read all the garbage she is saying about her own father not loving who she is? She is disgusting and self-centered

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Wise One

Posted at 2:04 PM on February 13, 2011  

Well said. Most intelligent thing I’ve read out of the bunch.

 
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NJmom

Posted at 4:35 PM on February 8, 2011  

as a white mother of mixed children….. (Husband is black) I can tell you no one’s race should be denied…. My children (17, 15 and 7) all consider themselves biracial..

It is sad that Halle Berry considers herself black especially since she was raised exclusively by white mother. In fact dad was reported to be abusive…. Her considering herself black only is a slap to her mothers face.

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redhawk

Posted at 12:49 PM on February 23, 2011  

Gee, Holly reminds me of someone else who refuses to acknowledge his WHITE mother, even though she raised him.
I guess that means they are embarrassed to be considered bi-racial.

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jenna

Posted at 2:37 PM on February 8, 2011  

Of course she is black when she’s talking to Ebony magazine.

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Miki

Posted at 6:40 PM on February 8, 2011  

Right. lol.

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Lericka

Posted at 6:24 PM on February 9, 2011  

Jenna your igonorant~

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josette

Posted at 10:37 AM on February 8, 2011  

They are both wrong..She is other (mix).The color is mulatto..So we all need to love them for who they really are..

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suebonnet

Posted at 10:53 AM on February 8, 2011  

You are so wrong. The little girl is BLACK. Trying to ignore what white America has tried to change because it is easier to identify with now that’s WRONG. It has always been said in America that if you have 1/16 of Black in you then YOU ARE BLACK. Just because White People can’t deal with the stigma of a person being one or the other they have redefined it and now they say HALF and HALF. How stupid when every black person who was brought to this country by force and black women who were taken by force. Remember the SLAVES? Now White people want to try to make it NICE. THE LITTLE GIRL IS BLACK! HALLE IS BLACK! What’s sad is that Gabriel is ASHAMED of his DAUGHTER!

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truth

Posted at 10:56 AM on February 8, 2011  

Just another reason why races should not mix.

 
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suebonnet

Posted at 11:48 AM on February 8, 2011  

Sounds like you have a lot of HATE to me. We are all MIXED RACIALLY no matter what you think. Even in your family FOOL. The problem is that White people still think that they are better than any other race in the world. What you need to do is learn how to get along better. REMEMBER it was the WHITE MAN who started SLAVERY in this COUNTRY. There is no PURE RACE in the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA thanks to the WHITE MAN!

 
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PeggySue

Posted at 4:38 PM on February 8, 2011  

Sue, you need to be a little more calm. My children are mixed and they identify themselves as black or half and half. I am white and would like to remind you of a few historical facts you seems to not be aware of or are choosing to ignore. Most slaves that came to America were sold into slavery by Africans, not Europeans or Americans (white men). Now white men bought them and that is a major problem , but they went to Africa and purchased them first from tribes who systematically raided neighboring tribes to obtain slaves for sale. It was a form of genocide and it is still continuing to this day with the mass murder of different tribes in Africa. Although the slave market is underground in our time, don’t be naive enough to think it is only a black/white isse. It wasn’t then and it isn’t now.

 
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AUDREI

Posted at 7:14 PM on February 20, 2011  

AGREE!… WHITE PEOPLE THINK THEY ARE ALWAYS THE BEST PEOPLE IN THE WORLD AND THAT THEY ALWAYS LOOK DOWN TO OTHER RACES.

RACIST?

 
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ghandi

Posted at 11:49 AM on February 8, 2011  

Color Shmuller…get over yourself and start living your true self. Black is really not a color but an absence of all colors.

 
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jenna

Posted at 2:39 PM on February 8, 2011  

She is not black. Her mother is half white and her father is all white so it sounds like 1/4 black to me. lolololol

 
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mYnAmEiSnoNyA-nOnyA,bEez wAX

Posted at 7:24 PM on March 10, 2011  

actually, her mother is FULL black

 
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AETA

Posted at 7:09 PM on February 20, 2011  

SUCH A RACY COMMENT! WHY ARE SOME AMERICANS VERY RACIST?

 
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