Any person of any color is a product of their environment. But it doesn’t stop with the surroundings; it’s their education and upbringing as well. Not all black girls talk with their neck and speak obnoxiously loud. Just as not all white girls talk like they’re from the valley. Black people Do live in the suburbs. In fact, black people live just about everywhere.
Hobbies and personal interest vary and that should be the basis of characterization. So, for writers who want to create an ethnic character for your story, I HIGHLY recommend that you do research. I can’t speak for other groups, but I’ll give you a few things to consider if you have a black female character.
Color: the shade of your character CAN be a tricky area. Not all black people are the same and they aren’t viewed among their peers as such. In some circles, those with golden complexions or lighter are considered more attractive; therefore ostracized by those with darker skin. It’s a battle that’s been going on for centuries, and unfortunately, it’s still going on today.
Hair: I cannot stress enough how sensitive a subject hair is to black girls. There are too many styles, textures, and colors to name in this post, but it is a form of status in most circles. This too varies with individuals. In some groups the straighter your hair is, the better, while others prefer braids, dreads, or a more natural look. There is one rule that goes across the board: once the hair is styled, you NEVER touch it without permission and NEVER, EVER get it wet. FYI.
This can also say something about a personality in regards to how they view beauty and how they view themselves. I beg you to do research as to not offend readers by using offhanded comments like “nappy” and “bad weaves” in improper context.
This should never be the key focus to the story—the story should be the story, but these elements might add a bit more detail, that extra touch to a character. Make them relatable by applying a bit of real truth to their dimensions. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, or even let someone read what you wrote to check for accuracy.
But for God sake, don’t be lazy and fall into the trap of stereotypes. We’re not all alike, but we're people just the same, and that’s something everyone can relate to.