Results of a survey paint a complex portrait of black women who feel confident but vulnerable, who have high self-esteem and see physical beauty as important, who find career success more vital to them than marriage.
From left, Ruth Lawrence Driver, 69, Niya Nelson, 16, Tracie Gaines Nelson, 46, and Alani Nelson, 17. The four live in the same household in Upper Marlboro. The house in Prince George’s County also is a place where its occupants wrestle, sometimes uncomfortably, with the stereotypes of black women. Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post Buy Photo