A List of Lightskints Who Ain’t Running for President

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1. Shemar Moore

2. Don Lemon

3. Raven Symone

4. Allen Payne

5. That one nigga whose name I won’t google who played Nia Long’s douchey ex-boyfriend in Soul Food


6. Drake

7. Natalie Degraffinried

8. Ayesha Curry

9. Beyoncé

10. Giancarlo Esposito

11. Keegan-Michael Key

12. Prison Bae

13. Blu Cantrell

14. Ginuwine

15. Candace Parker

16. Alicia Keys

17. Panama Jackson

18. Anyone who has ever been the child hair model on a box of Just For Me

19. Tiger Woods

20. All them young niggas on the Lakers

21. Faith Evans

22. Derek Fisher

23. Ros Gold-Onwude

24. Tina Knowles-Lawson

25. Tracee Ellis Ross

26. The girls I had crushes on when I was 12

27. J. Cole

28. Common

29. Nelly

30. Shamira Ibrahim

31. Paula Patton

32. Meghan Markle

33. Felicia “Snoop” Pearson

34. Them wavy, Trey Burke-ass niggas on the barbershop posters

35. Actually, anyone who has ever been called a “wavy nigga”

36. Stedman Graham

37. LisaRaye McCoy

38. LL Cool J

39. Lauren London

40. Jesus


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Damon Young

Damon Young is the editor-in-chief of VSB and a columnist for GQ.com. His debut memoir in essays, What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker (Ecco/HarperCollins), is available for preorder.