Black Women and Beauty: Oprah Screens Dark Girls Documentary

By Zondra Hughes

Colorism, the dirty little secret embedded in Black society’s beauty standard, never seems to die.  Colorism, in a nutshell, is preferential treatment for skin tones and features that mimic the European standards of beauty. The saying goes:

If you’re White you’re alright. If you’re yellow, you’re mellow. If you’re brown, stick around. But if you’re black, jump back!

Some of us may publicly pretend that this black-on-(dark-skinned)-black hatred doesn’t exist even as we fawn over babies with “bright skin” or “pretty” light-colored eyes, and even as ‘redbone’ vixens dominate the Hollywood movie screen, magazines and music videos.

Speaking of Hollywood, colorism is particularly a Black woman’s issue in Tinsel Town, as the ebony-hued hyper-sexualized “Mandingo” male has remained a sex symbol throughout time: Just ask Wesley Snipes or Michael Jordan or Morris Chestnut, or Tyrese, all dark-skinned male celebrities who embody the sexual fantasies of fans everywhere.

Sadly, some Black celebrities resort to skin bleaching and plastic surgery to scrub away their blackness and remedy their own-self-hatred, a beauty ritual that is growing ever-popular with the masses.

Oprah Screens Dark Girls

The Oprah Winfrey Network will screen “DARK GIRLS” on Sunday, June 23 from 10 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. ET/PT.

“Dark Girls” explores the prejudices that dark-skinned women face throughout the world.  

The film looks at the roots of classism, racism and the lack of self-esteem within a segment of cultures that span from America to the most remote corners of the globe.

Women share their personal stories, touching on deeply ingrained beliefs and attitudes of society, while allowing generations to heal as they learn to love themselves for who they are.  From filmmakers Bill Duke and D. Channsin Berry, “Dark Girls” made its world premiere at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival. Chicks, grab your girlfriends and daughters and let’s watch this together and deal with the issues that affect us.

That’s what Brown Chicks are all about: Being Responsible Obedient Willingly Now. Choosing Honesty Integrity Commitment Kindness and Self-Worth!

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