Brown, Yellow, Puerto Rican and Haitian

Brown, Yellow, Puerto Rican and Haitian

New Film Explores the Black Skin Complex

Published May 31, 2011

We’ve all grown up hearing “beauty is skin deep.” Do black women take it to heart? Do we embrace our color spectrum from the brightest lightest skin to the deepest darkest brown? The film Dark Girls, produced by by Bill Duke, D. Chansin Berry and Bradinn French explores those thoughts and delves into the psyche of black girls and their feelings about their skin tones.

A variety of beautiful women open and honestly discuss their heart breaking and rude awakening memories about being chastised because of their darker skin tones. According to The Root, emotions run deep, which is evident in excerpts like: “I can remember being in the bathtub asking my mom to put bleach in the water so that my skin would be lighter and so that I could escape the feelings I had about not being as beautiful, as acceptable, as lovable." "She's pretty for a dark-skinned girl ... What is that supposed to mean?"  "The racism that we have as a people amongst ourselves is a direct backlash of slavery."


These first hand accounts prove that colored girls still need to be reminded that black, in any shade, is beautiful. 

Written by Bryna Jean-Marie


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