Hi! My name is Shontia Blount and I am 17 years old. I created this blog because I want all African American girls and boys to learn to love their dark, light, or dark skin. Not only their skin but kinky hair. I want the world to know that you don't have to have light skin or long straight hair to be beautiful. You are beautiful just the way you are, NATURAL. Today I see girls wanting to use skin lightening cream to appear lighter than what they really are. When I was a little girl I always wondered why my hair didn't hang low like the Caucasian girls. I ended up pushing that thought in the back of my mind, but one day it all changed. It was picture day and the teacher would help everybody else with their hair. When she got to me she just looked at me and passed right by me. Ever since that day I begged my mom for a relaxer. I do not blame her for it. I got what I wanted, for my hair to hang low like the Caucasian girls and it did. Now I regret it because when I see someone embracing their big hair and dark skin, I admirer them because it's a beautiful thing. Love Your Roots to the day you die!