Saturday, May 28, 2011

Preview: Dark Girls

*Sigh* skin issues, in the past few years I've realized that almost every race has it. It's either to be lighter or darker. I wonder  if the issue will ever go away. This video focuses more on the black community and the stigma that dark skin girls face. It's an Interesting video.

It might sound like a foreign language to you but trust me, skin color is difficult to deal with, people make so many remarks about being light or being dark, people diss one shade, and prefer another. I think the problem is more difficult with girls than guys, but maybe i'm mistaken. Black men might have their own battles with shades. I'm going to avoid stating remarks I've heard, and my personal opinion about the matter to avoid offending anyone, or creating a heated argument.

The Video

Dark Girls: Preview from Bradinn French on Vimeo.

Clips from the upcoming documentary exploring the deep-seated biases and attitudes about skin color---particularly dark skinned women, outside of and within the Black American culture.

This film will be released in Fall/Winter 2011. Please "Like" the Dark Girls page on Facebook, we will keep you updated with news there.

Directed by Bill Duke and D. Channsin Berry
Produced by Bill Duke for Duke Media
and D. Channsin Berry for Urban Winter Entertainment
Co-Produced by Bradinn French
Line Produced by Cheryl L. Bedford
Edited by Bradinn French

so what do you think?

(credit: I saw this on Tarrice's blog)


  1. What an excellent and moving post.

  2. It's a very thought provoking subject. I feel embarrassed because I've never really considered this issue. People will find anything to make them feel they're better than others.

  3. it is so sad but very true! some time ago a guy who was on my case said to me, and i quote: " I always wondered what the fuss about u was and y everyone liked u, now i know, u are actually very pretty for a dark skinned girl, i only know 2 other pretty dark girls" I was absolutely speechless! and this was coming from a dark skinned dude! such a shame!!

  4. I agree that the light/dark issue seems to be more a female thing BUT brothers do hate on those with a lighter shade when they are pursuing women...

    It is a discussion that we need to have and you make a good point in alluding to the how black people think it is an exclusive issue. It is one that most groups of people have within themselves... or do folks think 'redneck' is just an endearing term white folks have or that 'swarthy' Latino's appreciate where and why that name applies..?

  5. I really want to see the documentary!

  6. This almost made me cry. Part of me feels like weird because I was always the lighter girl teased for being TOO light and called "white" or "high yella" etc. That's when I started wearing makeup and buying darker bronzers and tanning lotions to alter my skin tone. But very moving.
    xoxo Debby

  7. It's quite touching, and I look forward to the full movie.

  8. I am amazed that this is WITHIN black culture. I never would have ever thought that such a thing mattered. Women are so hard on themselves, it makes me sad. All of those women were gorgeous in my opinion. In white culture (I'm white, and from places that are crazy cold) a tan used to be seen as healthy looking, and I thought it made my legs look nicer in shorts so I tanned. My skin looks purple otherwise. Nowadays people make fun of you for having a Snooki complexion. This was really interesting, and I can't wait to see the full movie.

  9. I know how that goes. Its really sad when black girls do it to each other. All the dark girls hate light skinned ones and vise versa. Its so ridulous. Ive had to deal with this my whole life.But mostly in high school. Its annoying. I dont understand why it matters what shade you are!

  10. This is an issue that I like to discuss FREQUENTLY. Fortunately, I do realize that it exists in many cultures. That's a thing I NEVER understood: those people who claim to be so proud of who they are yet they value ANY feature on someone that makes them closer to looking white. Latinos value whites over mestizos, zambos, etc. Black Hispanics feel the need to advertise their "Hispanicness" over their blackness. ("I'm not black I'm Dominican!" You're both, stupid!) Spaniards (many of whom are dark with dark features) claim superiority over Latin Spanish-speakers because they feel inferior to their more pale-skinned European counterparts. Asian women with the palest skin are the ones you see on TV, on my campus I see many of them walking around in the Florida sunlight holding umbrellas to shield themselves from the sun. Dark-skinned Indians are shunned and treated like animals.

    In the Black community it's not just men picking or preferring lighter women, it's this CYCLE that we all pass on continuously. We know it's wrong, (Tyra and Oprah have both covered it lol) but we still do it. I had a light-skinned family member (no more than 5 or 6 at the time) tell me that black was ugly. She had been programmed already by her color-struck mother to thinking there was a value difference in skin tones. I remember as a child thinking I would be prettier if I was lighter because that's the idea they implant in us. The first thing people ask when a black child is born: What color is he/she? It's like your whole life-value is determined RIGHT THERE! Which is quite stupid because few of us remain that shade as we get older (usually the change is within days/weeks). The mother of the child I mentioned (who once told her children they were not to be referred to as "black" but "brown" when all the people in the room were black Americans) once got upset because she noticed my ARMS were lighter than hers, even though her face is lighter. She once said to me "People are jealous of my kids cuz they're so beautiful, but I didn't ask God for them to be light-skinned." My grandmother once got mad because there was a woman at her church who didn't stop and go out of her way to tell her how beautiful her grandchild was, when all the other members had. The problem is, that's all we see in popular culture, even after ALL these years, whom do you see on TV and in music videos? Light-skinned women. I was just telling someone today, as black women we're still, for some reason, ostracized when it comes to being considered beautiful. These days Asian women, Latinas, those racially-ambiguous Kardashians (I know they're white, but still lol) are ALL acceptable to be considered as sexy, pretty, etc. But for black women we're still some separate class... unless you look half-white of course. It's generally no problem for men, like I was also saying to someone, they can be any shade and still be blasted all over the place in music, movies, etc. they can even have aesthetic flaws, funny accents, anything... but for women, nope.

    The thing that's so stupid about it is, skin color DOES NOT determine beauty, so sorry to tell you. I've seen people as black as night who were absolutely gorgeous, and those as light as day who were hideous. All God's children are beautiful of course, but let's be real: If you're ugly you're ugly, simple as that. Come on, now. Skin is just protection for our organs. That whole "pretty for a dark-skinned girl" is pathetic and senseless. I have more/less worth depending on the amount of melanin in my skin? Of course, if you try to tell someone about their ignorance they just think you're "jealous" due to being dark. Trust me, no ignorance resides here, I'd be saying the exact same things if I was "considered" light-skinned.

    No offense to those...

    Continued in Part 2

  11. Part 2:

    ...who get criticized for being light (because, thanks to Jungle Fever I actually realized this happened lol) even though people may be calling you out for being pale, more often than not you'll have people googling over you, thinking you're the most beautiful thing in the world, trust me. So take it as a compliment lol

    ETA: I just actually watched the video lol, and that story of the girl being complimented by her mom, it's so typical and so sad. Also I really wish they would have picked some prettier women to get the point across, not to be rude... but they're ruining the idea lol. Even though some of them are not the most attractive, it would be ignored, of course, if they were light, like ALWAYS. The dude talkin about "they look funny beside me" YOU'RE DARK-SKINNED JACKASS!!! Do you look funny beside yourself? Don't even get me STARTED on the hair thing, whoo! Ok, I'm done.

    Sorry for the long comment, but it's something I'm very passionate about. :)

  12. This is issue in almost every culture.
    I can't wait to watch this...

    xo $ARMIN

  13. If you look at this movie, and listen to all of these women, you as a semi-black girl, really feel ashamed, because you feel like this every single day. And have felt like this since you can remember.
    My mom just told me the other day that when I was four, I was standing in front of my mirror, crying "I hate myself. I hate my skin. I would rather die than live like this!"
    And also,if I think about the possibility of having children one day.. I too, hope that they will be light. But not because I think that it is hideous (just think Halle Berry ) but to make sure, or at least to hope that they will not be laughed at and taunted the way I have. Black girl pain.
    And no one except us can relate to that kind of pain.. and have the certainty that it will never go away.


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