It just refers to black people, who tend to have lighter complexions with "yellow" undertones. When buying make up, the women have to look for makeup with a yellowish tint to it, rather then a red tint.
Just like how some Asians have a yellowish under tone, so do these blacks.
The alternative is a "Red Bone" a lighter complexioned black who has more of a red undertone to their skin, like Indians and white people.
Black people come in a variety of different shades and colors. Even darker complexioned blacks have a red or yellowish undertone to them, but it's just more visible in lighter skin.
High Yellow, High Yella, High Yeller refer to one variation of black coloring. It's not derogatory nor if a person calls themselves "high yellow" does it mean they are high saddity or think they are better then other blacks.
If it looks more like an Asians skin, they are high yellow. It's as simple as that
Many appear as "exotic" individuals often mistaken for many different races. Many have tan complexions, Blue or grey/green /brown eyes, Black/Sandy/Blond/Red/ hair.
Considered in many parts of the world as exceptionally beautiful. Some CHOOSE to identify as Black instead of the cultural privileges associated with being identified as a White American. Many prefer to be known simply as MIXED.
Federick Douglass, Thurgood Marshall, Dorothy Dandridge, Halle berry, J. Edgar Hoover, Florence La Rue, Ice Tea, Carol Channing.
My favorite reply is...Human.(smile)