Malika Macey

Mentor:

Vincent Adejumo

College of College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Minor: N/A

Research Interests: Infertility, Genetics & Genomics, African American History

Academic Awards: 

International Baccalaureate Diploma Recipient 2015, Florida Bright Futures Scholar: Florida Academic Scholar (FAS) 2015, Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) Scholar 2017, Emerging Scholars Program 2016-2017.

Organizations:

Adventist Campus Ministry (ACM), Multicultural Association for Pre-Health Students (MAPS), Royal for a Reason, 

Volunteer:

Peer Advising Coach (PAC) with the Office of Academic Support, Volunteer at UF Health Shands Hospital

Hobbies and Interests:

Camping, swimming, watching Korean Dramas, reading.

Research Description:

Colorism within the Black Community 

Eurocentric beauty standards has dominated society for decades. In modern society, skin lightening creams and skin bleaching products are a flourishing, multibillion dollar industry. However, not everyone can achieve those standards and people within the black community are often faced with the pressure of conforming to the larger hegemonic society, allowing for the manifestation and internalization of colorism. In this study, I will define colorism and terminology relating to it, examine the historical underpinnings of colorism, analyze the manifestation and internalization of colorism in the black community, as well as assess the social and psychological repercussions thereof.