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'Dark Girls' Docu To Premiere on OWN Network in June

The 'Dark Girls' documentary sparked a big conversation in the AP community when we told you about it two years ago. The movie tackles colorism and features interviews of women with dark skin tones about their experiences, not only in the world at large, but also within the Black community. It will premiere on OWN network on June 23rd in the US. Check out the trailer below. Will you be watching? - L. C-D

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Comment by Brittany Campbell on May 18, 2013 at 3:44pm

OMG everyone is beautiful..if people don't know that by now..then i dont know what to say..Grace Jones..Naomi Campbell...and for all the banji girls, Azealia Banks...the list goes on and on and on..Lauryn Hill..blah blah blah...all gorgeous epidemies of beauty :) Any discrimination against darker skin girls are the result of old ideas and jealousy 

Comment by Patrick Thunderbreath Chappelle on May 17, 2013 at 10:54am

Thanks, Chantel. 

Comment by Chantel Venessa on May 17, 2013 at 9:55am

@Patrick Thunderbreath Chappelle I hope your friend gets to read your comment about him. Such good words.

Comment by BK_Malik on May 15, 2013 at 11:23pm

This should be a series on all of us (dark men, light men and women) because we are all victims of prejudice from without and within...

Comment by Patrick Thunderbreath Chappelle on May 15, 2013 at 2:09pm

I notice whenever these documentaries are made, they deal exclusively with dark skinned women. It seems the filmmakers are saying complexion bigotry doesn't happen to or affect dark skinned males.

My friend Mel is a criminally handsome dark skinned dude. When we met twenty years ago, I wished lightning would strike me and I would look like him someday. Unfortunately, Mel doesn't see it that way, nor do any of our mutual friends. He also happens to be the only person in our circle of friends who is intellectually my equal, despite never having finished high school and an abysmal academic background. Both of his parents are as dark as he is, so it's likely his negative self image stemmed from how they viewed themselves.

Mel is a great dude who could have done great things, but instead became a petty career hustler. Called everything from vacuum filth to a gorilla, I'm probably the only one in his life who thought he wasn't ugly, and that he was intelligent (in some instances brilliant). Too bad I didn't know him sooner, his negative self image would have never taken root. 

But I guess dark skinned men don't have those kinds of problems, and my friend is simply an anomaly. 


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