In order to changes people’s perceptions, you’ve got to be willing to take a few hits. No one knows that better than Dr. Misee Harris, a pediatric dentist from Tennessee who picked as a contestant for ABC’s The Bachelor, only to decline—and launch a campaign to become the first-ever African American star of sister series The Batchelorette. “ABC and The Bachelor franchise have been nothing but nice to me. And quite frankly, I think they can do whatever they want to with their show. I’m simply giving them an opportunity to have a diverse woman, with an ethnic background, who could handle herself professionally,” she tells Your15Minutes Radio Network host Kim Bady. “But some people said, ‘Oh goodness, here comes another mad black woman crying wolf.’ And I was like, No, not at all! I’m a happy black woman. And all I’m doing is taking a little leap of faith.”
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