Complexes of one sort or another are often by-products of greatness.
As Sarah Vaughan recalls it, her life began with a devastating, unutterable resentment of being dark skinned and unattractive.
“I often wished I was a medium-brown skin color,” she once said. “I imagined people that color were regarded more highly than I. To most persons who knew me, I thought, I was just another little black girl for whom the future was just as dark as it was for thousands of others like me.”
As a child, Vaughan remembers, she had dreams of being…
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