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They called him “pale faced or mixed race.” They called him “light, bright, almost white.” But most of the time his family called him “high yella.” Steve Majors was the white passing, youngest son growing up in all-Black family that struggled with poverty, abuse and generational trauma.
High Yella: A Modern Family Memoir is the poignant account of how he left his troubled family behind in search of a new identity, only to discover he needed to return to them to find his true self. After he and his husband adopt two Black daughters, he struggles to place them on their own path to finding a place in the world by helping them understand the importance of where they came from.
This memoir of one diverse and modern American family delivers hard-won lessons for all families on love, life and family ties.