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Black like me: Ancestry by DNA

I've always loved the study of genetics. For years, I would argue with people that African DNA produces all kinds of (phenotype) skin colors, eye colors and hair colors...so the light skin vs dark skin debate never made sense to me. I would argue that having light skin and even light eye color did not mean that a person contained an abundance of European DNA. 
I never really knew all of my racial or ethnic background. My maternal grandmother was chocolate with slanted eyes. I had a light skinned grandma and a dark skinned grandma with slanted eyes. I had at least one grandpa who appeared Native American to me, but who said his father was actually White. So it has been somewhat of a mystery. 



People have always assumed things about my heritage that I never thought were true. I just didn't know to be quite honest. I have been teased about my eyes (that change colors) and skin color for years. People have even asked me "What are you mixed with?" (My sister gets this quest…