Marlon Brown is not unlike the vast majority of educated, ambitious and twenty-something African-American men.
He excelled at school, gained a degree in political science followed by a Masters, and now works as a budget and policy analyst for the State of Michigan.
What makes him stand out is that he is an albino.
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He says around the age of five or six he started asking his parents why he looked different. “They explained I was African-American but my skin wasn’t the normal pigmentation,” says 27-year-old Brown, who was born in Detroit but raised in suburban Michigan. “They taught me my albinism made me special and unique.”
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1. Officials turn the Eiffel Tower lights off, as Paris goes dark following multiple terror attacks.
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2. Victims lie on the ground after an attack on Rue Bichat in Central Paris.
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3. A young woman cries at a vigil held by a local French community in Sydney.
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4. A single rose following multiple terror attacks in the French city of Paris.
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5. Players and officials have a moment of silence for victims during the Newcastle v. Central Coast round 6 A-league match.
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6. Workers wash blood off of the floor outside of Le Carillon bar.
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7. Workers wash blood off the floor outside of Le Carillon bar.
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8. A woman sends her love.
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9. Two friends hug in the wake of multiple terror attacks in Paris.
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10. Residents leave flowers for victims and their loved ones.
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11. At least 127 people were left dead following multiple terror attacks in Paris on Friday.
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12. Residents leave flowers for victims and their loved ones.
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13. Blood from the scene following the Bataclan Theatre attack.
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