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- You were born in '60? '61. Hmm. A white woman and a black man getting married and having a kid back then. They were ahead of their time. You want the God's honest truth about my folks? - Sure. Okay. My mother thought Harry Belafonte was the most handsome man on the face of the planet. Yeah, I'd say chocolate was her favorite flavor, too. No, really, I think their attraction was that simple. My father looked like Nat King Cole and my mother looked like Patsy Cline. === But I also think God helps those who help themselves. - I think I saw that on a bumper sticker somewhere. That's how you know it's good. === There were white kids at school who would talk to me in class, but if I saw them out on the quad and they were with their other friends, they would walk right past me without so much as a nod. Now, obviously, the firm is not like that, but sometimes when I'm leaving Southside in the morning, headed for the Loop, I feel like I'm leaving Planet Black and landing on Planet White.