I used to get called an “Oreo” regularly. It’s an offensive term that a lot of white people don’t realize is offensive. It means that a person can look Black on the outside, but on the inside everything about the person is white cultured — speech, dress, where you live, who you love, etc. I hated that term, but I hated it because people weren’t entirely wrong. Let me explain.

My parents are from Ghana, West Africa. I was born and raised in the U.S. and we lived in a small town called Palmyra, PA, right next to Hershey, PA…


Two days ago on Instagram, I shared an experience with a former friend, and it said this:

That post got more engagement than any other post I have ever posted on Instagram. I shared it to help other people understand the impact on ones relationships when one refuses to do their personal anti-racism work. The comments of support and people sharing their stories was absolutely beautiful. Then I got a text….

After 2.5 years the woman whom I was talking about in the post texted me within 30 minutes, after almost completely avoiding me since May of 2018. Unfortunately, it…


Cynthia Erivo, stunning and talented Nigerian-British actress was the only actor nominated for an Oscar in 2020 who was not white. It reminded me of the interview I did in 2018 in the Philly inquirer about the tension between Black Americans and Black immigrants when Ms. Erivo she was chosen to play Harriet Tubman. Social media went nuts. There was even a Change.org petition to demand a Black American be cast in the role, and threats of boycotting the role ensued.

I felt I knew immediately what was going on.

Growing up in an almost all-white town where microaggressions and…


…and I encourage more to do the same!

It’s to be expected that strangers will direct message you when you become a public activist or figure. I enjoy the dialogue, and I’m more than happy to have conversations about race relations with anyone with an open mind. One direct message on Instagram in particular left a lasting impression on me. A white girl slid into my DM’s asking for relationship advice for her and her black boyfriend. I am not a inter-racial relationship expert. If you don’t know, I’m the woman who called out the discrimination of two black men who were arrested in a Philly Starbucks in…


I’m 32, and I’ve never grown up with a Black Disney Princess

The past several days my timelines have been flooded with racism towards Disney’s decision to cast a Black girl, Halle Bailey, as Ariel the mermaid. That decision instantly set of anger and rage from an alarming amount of white women…over a mermaid. It’s as if they are tying Ariel to their actual identity, and now that she isn’t white, it’s completely shattered their dreams of becoming a mermaid in real life. Maybe there’s been a surge of fluoride in our drinking water that’s causing irrational behavior. It’s most likely a serious case of white fragility. Off the top of my…


I was the first woman who spoke up in April 2018 when a Starbucks manager in Philadelphia called the police because two black men were waiting to meet a business associate (before buying anything).

“Starbucks” happened over a year ago. This is the first time I’m writing publicly about more than just the details of the incident and how I felt that day. I’ve been suffering from serious perfectionism and impostor syndrome — who was I to be writing about racism? I don’t have a PhD in this stuff. I haven’t even been formally trained (besides a certification course through…

Michelle Saahene

Speaker | Coach | Activist | Consultant

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