Why are so many African Americans unhappy in their relationships, in their families and in their own bodies? Facing the Black Shadow is an intimate look at how black families, couples and individuals struggle against the pervasive belief in black inferiority – the “black shadow.” This groundbreaking book offers a new way to challenge that belief and move from self-blame and self-hate to understanding and empowerment. Written by Dr. Marlene F. Watson, who is one of the country’s foremost African American couple and family therapists, Facing the Black Shadow is filled with memorable stories and examples from her therapy practice and her own personal journey. With unflinching honesty and a tender eye, she tackles some of the most taboo topics in the African American community: skin-tone privilege and favoritism in black families; the long-term effects of the multigenerational legacy of slavery; the self-hate black people feel when they look in the mirror. Far from being a depressing book, Facing the Black Shadow offers a path for wholeness and happiness. Readers will find practical advice, step-by-step exercises and inspiration to transform their relationship to their own “black shadows” and find inner peace, connection and healing.