Naturi Naughton Talks Being Dark Skinned In Hollywood: “It’s Emotional”

…taking care of my body.”

She added, “I work out and go to the gym, but I still enjoy my soul food and snacks. But I’m a pretty petite young woman, and make sure that I just keep everything together.”

Something that Naturi is also passionate about is her community. Upon learning the stats on HIV/AIDS in the Black community, Naturi decided to do something about it.

“I was really moved by what I learned because I didn’t realize how many people were affected, especially in my community, by HIV/AIDS. Knowing how the Greater Than AIDS campaign can bring awareness among young people and young women–and being a young African American woman–I realized this could be me. And if I don’t care, who will?”

“My deciding moment to get tested was when I was in college. I was in my freshman year at Seton Hall University, and I was growing up and becoming a woman, realizing how to really take care of myself. And this is one of the things, as women, we have to do. I decided that I wasn’t going to take any risks. I didn’t want to be in doubt, and I didn’t want to live without knowing my status. Those are the moments when you have to take control of your life, because I want to live.”

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