Ayesha Curry opened up to Working Mother about teaching her daughters Riley and Ryan to be proud of their blackness. It happened when her girls brought up their race.
“The’re fair in complexion, and they’ve said ‘I’m not black, look at my skin,’” Curry recalled.
“And I said ‘No, no, no, you’re a black woman. You have melanin. It’s part of who you are. Our descendants are from Africa. This is what that means,’” she added. “It’s been a journey teaching them that, and that black comes in many different shades.”
The mother of three and wife of Golden State Warriors guard Steph Curry, also said she doesn’t always feel welcomed in the Black community that’s in the United States. Ayesha Curry’s mother is Jamaican and Chinese and her father is Black and Polish.
The author, cook and restaurateur also grew up in Toronto, Canada, where she was classified differently.
“Everyone was from a place other than Canada and that’s how you identified yourself, not black or white. I identified as Jamaican because that’s where my mom came from,” she explained. “In the states I’m simply black.”
“My own community needs to embrace everyone better,” Curry added. “Sometimes I feel like I’m too black for the white community, but I’m not black enough for my own community. That’s a hard thing to carry.
Meanwhile, the 30-year-old is getting props for shutting down a misogynistic troll who commented on one of her Instagram posts.
At the time, Curry shared a Spotify ad and talked about the music she plays while cooking. “What’s the soundtrack to your life?” she captioned the video. “Stay in the kitchen,” the troll wrote back.
Curry then mentioned International Smoke, the restaurant chain she runs with chef Michael Mina.
“Which one?” she wrote. “SF, Houston, Miami or San Diego?”
In the interview about her daughters, there was no word on what they said after learning that Black people comes in various shades.