Is life different for women who are darker than most?
That’s the question that Bill Duke asks as he directs and produces and amazing documentary, Dark Girls, that explores our attitudes about skin in the Black American culture. The film is set to be released in the Fall/Winter 2011.
I applaud films that make us think and question why something is the way it is. Sometimes that saying “it is the way is” doesn’t have to be the norm. Similiar to Chris Rock’s Good Hair this film takes a deep look into how Black Americans view each other. Searching for solutions surrounding our own racist behaviors. In the trailer below, Bill Duke takes the testimonies of several dark skinned women who recall their experiences as a young child.
A little black girl is given artwork with illustrations of little girls with skin complexions ranging from the lightest skin tone (a white girl) to the darkest skin tone (a black girl). She was asked to point to the pretty girl, the ugly girl, the smart girl, and the dumb girl. Guess where she pointed to when asked about the ugly girl and the dumb girl. The black girl!
What solutions could we offer? Being better role models for our young girls. Eliminating the negative views of women in music. Reinforcing the importance of self-esteem.
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