Halle Berry Says Daughter Nahla is Black
Halle Berry said in an interview that she considers her two-year-old daughter Nahla to be black.
Berry told Ebony magazine that she believed in the controversial one-drop theory. The US racial classification system states that if an individual has even one drop of African-American blood in them, they are considered to be black.
Berry is of mixed-race heritage. She has a white mother and a black father. Her ex and Nahlas father, model Gabriel Aubry, is white and of French Canadian descent.
The Oscar-winning actress has been embroiled in a bitter custody battle with Aubry. Berry claims Aubry is not a good father and she wants sole custody of Nahla.
"What I think is that that's something she's going to have to decide. I'm not going to put a label on it," she told the magazine.
"I had to decide for myself and that's what she's going to have to decide - how she identifies herself in the world. And I think, largely, that will be based on how the world identifies her. That's how I identified myself. But I feel like she's black."
Berry, 44, said she found it hard to identify with one race when she was a child.
"I identify as a black woman, but I've always had to embrace my mother and the white side of who I am, too.
"By choosing, I've often [wondered], 'Well, would that make her feel like I'm invalidating her by choosing to identify more with the black side of myself?' "