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So you’re the only sistah in the office, huh? Who’s going to be your Scandal buddy at work? Who can you confide in for a well-informed conversation about pressing African-American issues? Who will stand by you in the face of discrimination? All these questions, and more, can muddle our minds as we are engulfed in a work staff that is absent of brown faces. 

Not only this, Black women are faced with stereotypes — such as Angry Black Woman Syndrome (ABWS) — that can hamper our growth in the workplace. Some African-American women put their managerial qualities in a cage to prove that they are defying these preconceived notions. However, this comes at the expense of our  job performance and candidacy for promotion. So how, amidst all these discomforting musings, can you cope with being the only Black woman?

Here’s a guide to help you glide smoothly through the job as the Black employee.

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