Viewers weighed in on Bill Duke’s Light Girls documentary and the overall sentiment is that it was lackluster at best, extremely problematic at worst. Perhaps it’s time for a more critical documentary on race and colorism to be made.
Making its world-premiere as part of the Oprah Winfrey Network’s (OWN) month-long celebration honoring civil rights legends will be “Light Girls,” Bill Duke’s documentary.
The film, which is a follow-up to Duke’s “Dark Girls,” the critically-acclaimed film that focused on the narratives of dark-skinned women, will tell the untold stories of lighter-skinned women around the globe.
Sometimes I look at my little sister and wish I had the power to filter out all what’s wrong with the world. She is a dark skinned, young lady with a shy smile and short curls. She just entered her teenage years and will learn the ways of the world. I hope it makes her stronger. I hope the pressure turns her into a diamond.
Many 80s kids were excited to learn about the upcoming movie Jem and the Holograms, based on the 80s animated series Jem.
The cast for the movie has just been announced, and producers have tapped Aurora Perrineau, daughter of actor Harold Perrineau of Lost and The Best Man fame to play The Holograms drummer, Shana.
Everyone remembers the controversy music producer-turned-rapper Pharrell caused when he released his the cover art for his newest album “Girl.”
Well it appears that the singer took note. His latest video for the song “Marilyn Monroe” not only features a black woman on the single’s cover, but a plethora of different women.
In the latest research produced by professors at San Francisco State University involving colorism, results of a new study reveal that people remember educated black men as having lighter skin.
The study, “When an ‘Educated Black Man Becomes Lighter in the Mind’s Eye” explored the concept called “skin tone memory bias.”
I never had to deal with colorism most of my life. It wasn’t until these past few years, I realized that racism is not the only hurdle we must overcome. I don’t want to sound predictable. I want to share my thoughts with you.
I’m a brown skinned woman. Brown as in carmel. As in Reginal Hall or Halle Berry brown skin. I’m not light skinned or dark skinned. In general, I would be considered the grey that fits right between the black and white. Understanding how I would be introduced to colorism was to experience it first hand.
In a recent interview with BET, rapper J. Cole sounded off on a variety of heavy issues, including racial profiling and homophobia in Hip Hop.
One topic of conversation that is seldom discussed in Hip Hop is the issue of colorism.
Cole says his privilege as a lighter-skinned person has probably helped him to get where he is today.
According to Shadow and Act, Spike Lee has a script for the sequel to his classic 2nd full length film “School Daze.”
The film would be set 25 years later.
I had the script for [the sequel] to School Daze… a contemporary version, same school… 25 years later. Hopefully I can get Laurence Fishburne to play Dap…
The documentary “Dark Girls” was a widely-anticipated, controversial television event for Oprah’s OWN Network.
Many thought the documentary focused too much on pain, and too little on the triumph and strength of dark-skinned black women.
But as Clutch Magazine points out, others wondered if the experiences of light-skinned black women deserved a documentary as well.
The buzzed-about documentary Dark Girls will make its premiere on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network this Sunday June 23rd.
The film delves into the prejudices faced by dark-skinned women around the world.
It examines the roots of classism, racism, and the lack of self-esteem within a division of cultures that extends from America to even the most faraway places of the world.
R&B singer India Arie has been accused to lightening her skin for the cover art for her new single “Cocoa Butter.”
The cover photo, seen above, shows a startlingly lighter Arie compared to previous photos of the singer. The whole controversy is especially shocking since Arie is famous for songs that convey pride in her appearance, like “Brown Skin” and “I Am Not My Hair.”
Arie’s people say her lighter appearance in the photo is due to camera flash and angle.
The absolutely gorgeous Kelly Rowland recently opened up about her struggles with colorism and european standards of beauty.
She was once ashamed of her complexion; even afraid to be out in the sun too long for fear of getting darker.
Over time – and with the help of Tina Knowles – she came to embrace her color, and realized that beauty comes in all shades.
In a recent interview, rapper Kendrick Lamar said he specifically wanted a dark-skinned young woman to play the female lead in his latest music video “Poetic Justice.”
He explained that the entertainment industry reinforces a preference for lighter skin, and that it was important to him that there be balance.