What “lackluster” #LightGirls was missing
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.
Bill Duke’s documentary Light Girls – a follow-up to his acclaimed film, Dark Girls – aired last night on OWN. Leading up to the premiere, women of all walks and shades side-eyed the trailer and teasers, skeptical that the doc would capture the nuances of colorism — you know, white supremacy, privilege, systemic racism and oppression. Others wondered if Light Girls would be a “woe is me” cry from fair-skinned sisters. Last week, out actress and child star Raven-Symoné caught some criticism for her comments about tanning.
“It’s funny, one of the lighting guys came up — I love him to death; I love him, oh my goodness — he goes, ‘Raven, I need you to stop tanning. You’re getting too dark, and we have to re-light the whole entire show,’” Raven recalled. “I was like, ‘Sorry. I was just trying to be pretty.’”
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