The purpose of the “But black women can’t…” series is to dispel the many myths and stereotypes that have haunted Black women for centuries. Colors we can’t wear, products we shouldn’t touch… it’s getting old. It’s time we start reclaiming our identities and defining our own beauties. Who’s with me?!! Email your suggestions to

Recently I received an email from a reader regarding my post on MAC’s Peppermint Patti nail polish. Who remembers this polish?

I loved it then and I still love this beautiful color. The reader told me that she thought the color was gorgeous but that it would look better on fair skin. Now….I am a reasonable lady and can understand the miscommunication that can happen with words. I emailed her back just to make sure that I understood what she was saying. She confirmed with this,

“There are just some colors that darker skinned people can’t wear.”

Now before some of you get all crazy, consider how many times you or someone who know may have said or thought this. I know that at one point I didn’t think that brown ladies could wear yellow eyeshadow. Three years ago, I would have never worn a color like Peppermint Patti on my nails…

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