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Editor’s note: During Black History Month, the focus is usually on historical figures who loomed larger than life, paving the way for the progress we experience today. But black history isn’t just about telling stories of our past. History is being made every day and has been made throughout our lives; it’s not just in books. It walks among us. So this month The Root is asking writers and other notables about the personal and pivotal events from their own lifetimes in a series we call My Black History. Lorraine Toussaint is an award-winning actress and producer who has received acclaim for her roles in Orange Is the New Black and Selma. She currently stars in the Fox series Rosewood.  

Bonus: Toussaint sat down with The Root’s multimedia editor, Felice León, on Facebook Live to discuss her roles in Rosewood and Orange Is the New Black and her blog, Everyday Lovely.

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