While appearing recently on “The View,” to promote her summer series on ABC, “Family Food,” Ayesha spoke on how tough it was for her in North Carolina. Ayesha’s mother is Jamaican and Chinese and her father is African American and Polish. She said adjusting to life in the South during her teen years wasn’t easy because of her mixed heritage. Ayesha says the Black community did not embrace her when she moved from Canada to North Carolina at 14. She says African Americans were way more judgmental of her compared to what she experienced in her hometown.

“Growing up in Toronto, I was Black. I’m a Black woman. I moved to the south, to North Carolina, right at the start of high school, so at 14, and there it was like … who do you choose?” She says she “always loved every part of me,” but in North Carolina, she had to choose sides. “It seemed like my own community didn’t want to, like, wrap their arms around me and embrace me,” she said. “That kind of hurt.”

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-Tony Scott (@tonyscottmedia)

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