For 100’s of years black women have been degraded, and looked down upon because of the color
of their skin and the texture of their hair. You would think that we would have moved beyond
the stigmatism that was placed upon black women after years of slavery, but it has just been
passed on through out generations. Our daughters are learning to hate their beautiful brown
skin, and their naturally curly hair because of media influences and mothers who haven’t
learned to embrace their true beauty.
It kills me to see young girls and women of color who hate themselves and feel ugly because
their skin is dark and their hair is a more coarser texture. I don’t know about you, but I don’t
define beauty by skin color, and hair texture. Our beauty is beyond the surface of our skin,
and our hair. It is time for us to ” Rise, Women, Rise”, and change for the future.
My mother brought this documentary to my attention today, and as I watched it, tears began
to form in my eyes as I listened to these women in agony over their appearance. This
documentary is the exact reason why I became inspired to create Natura Magazine. My
goal is to change the perception of beauty among women of color, and celebrate the beauty
that we encompass. I’am on a mission, and I will not stop until change arises!!!
What is the ” Dark Girls” Documentary
The film investigates colorism, self-esteem, and the complicated relationship some black women have with their complexion.
Bill Duke, co-director of the film, said making the film came out of his personal experience:
It came out of an idea I had based upon my childhood, what I’d gone through and seen, and what I’d seen people that I loved go through, like my sister, my niece, and other children in my family, and in my life, and I wanted to really give a voice to the voiceless. I brought the idea to Channsin Berry, my co-executive producer and director. We’d tried to get some investment dollars and we couldn’t find them, so we invested our own money — which is not painless. And why now? Colorism is unfortunately still an issue today. Dark skin is considered less than light skin in the in the minds of many in our community and in the media. We thought that finally it should be addressed, to give a voice to the voiceless.
Dark Girls has been a hit on the film festival circuit since its debut in 2011, but it’s OWN premiere in June will be the first time the doc will appear on TV.
Check out a preview of documentary here..
Have you experienced any issues with accepting your hair and skin color?