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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Jane

“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
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 things out… Read more »
Tinablahblah
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 »
mackenzie

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 :-)

Tiff

This exact same thing was on curlynikki.…yall should just merge and get it over with

Beth

Lol! I did­nt think any­one else noticed!

Carla

+1000

VivaMac

LMAO!!

D.Broussard

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?
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Nekeisha
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 »
Michele Antoinette

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.

bint alshamsa

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

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.

BeautyIAM

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

aibridges
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 »
Julie

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

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

bint alshamsa
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 kid… Read more »
Julie

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.

Beth

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.

bint alshamsa
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 »
Beth

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

Julie

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
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
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

There is no race called “cre­ole”. But whatever.LOL.

Anonie

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
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 »
kd

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.

Michele Antoinette

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

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

Michele Antoinette

then why are the­se groups cur­rent­ly in books.…

Michele Antoinette

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

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.

Sophie

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.

whocares

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.

SANDRA

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

Jazelle
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 »
Patricia Kayden

@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.

Mai
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 »
apple

You have a point!!! if you look it up on the net you could find pics of peo­ple liv­ing in Africa with blue eyes.

Mary

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.

Jennifer

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 :)

Goldeelocks

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

Tamika
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
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 »
Nekeisha

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.

La_muneca79
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 »
MissC

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
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 »
MissC
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

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.

Michele Antoinette

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.

Nikki
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 »
Tamika
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 »
bint alshamsa
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 sim­ply… Read more »
KJ
@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
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 I… Read more »
nori

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

terry

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.

Marlena

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.

Angelia

I enjoyed this post! God Bless you!

Angelia

I ENJOYED READING THIS ARTICLE. Thanks for post­ing.

marissa

i would be so confused.…if that was my hair.…but its hers! who are her par­ents???

hassan

i think this is a boy??

Beth

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.

Lele

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

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 as black.

DCW
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 »
chessica

this is so won­der­ful :)) won­der­ful thing called genes

Mey

This is an inter­est­ing read. I’m so inter­est­ed to learn more about them! Beau­ti­ful child in the pic above :)

bint alshamsa

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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Danyella

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
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 you… Read more »
Min

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.

merry

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.

Gee

@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.

BeautyIAM

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.

Julie

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.….

bint alshamsa
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
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 »
merry

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.

chris

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

Loraine

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

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?

Loraine

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

Loraine
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 »
Julie

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

Michele Antoinette
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

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.

M

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.

Nekeisha
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

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.…..

bint alshamsa

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

Your nephew moth­er is white or oth­er than black right?

bint alshamsa

Nope. She’s black, too.

AfroKisses
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 »
nelle

I thor­ough­ly enjoyed your respon­se.

nelle

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.

AfroKisses

Thank you nelle :)

bint alshamsa

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.

T

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

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

Nekeisha

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!

Glamdoll

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

bint alshamsa

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

Drea

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?

Candice

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

bint alshamsa

May­be you could try read­ing more than one, then?

kelz

lmbo

bint alshamsa
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

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.

Nekeisha
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 »
Barbara

A bint indeed. *smh*

bint alshamsa

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

Ugh

Mature.

bint alshamsa
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

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
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 not the… Read more »
somechick

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.

Hope

@ 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

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.

Nekeisha
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

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 sep­a­rat­ing them­selves.

Nekeisha
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 »
merry

wikipedia is not real­ly the go-to place to show how smart you are, imo.

bint alshamsa

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.

KJ

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.

bint alshamsa

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

Oh, stop hat­ing.

Shannon

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!

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.

Nekeisha
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

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

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

bint alshamsa

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

Mey

@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

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.

Brian Life

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

+1

Thoozile

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.

toniwash

Whats black? A col­or not a peo­ple group.

bint alshamsa

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

Thoozile

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

H

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.

naturallycullygurl
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 »
dafou
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 are… Read more »
EshaDiva

wow your com­ment is SO on point :-)

naturallycullygurl

u speak the truth!

12tnob

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

lol, i like this one!

Juliette

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

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

Alisha

This is so fas­ci­nat­ing. And they are beau­ti­ful.

kittens

dis is soooOOOooo cool, she is so cute, God’s cre­ations are so amaz­ing.…
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Brian Life

beau­ti­ful you are as a reflec­tion to all lIFE..sweet com­ment!

merry

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…

missnatural

you read my mind

kim

girl shut up!

merry

you too.

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

Brian Life
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
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 the… Read more »
Brian Life

WOW, this site just SHUT ME DOWN…sad.. guess my words are not free here.…Bless ya

I am...

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

merry

lmao.

i have been accused of act­ing white by black folk. 

nev­er been sus­pect­ed of being white by any­one.

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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

+1

Janice

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.

Tinablahblah
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 »
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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?

somechick

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.

The Notorious ZAG

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.

Audrey

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.

merry
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. this is just… Read more »
somechick
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 »
Audrey

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

The Notorious ZAG

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.

Barbara

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

merry

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.

Tinablahblah

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

The­se peo­ple are of African descent.

EshaDiva

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
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

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
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

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

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

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