The contrast of seeing this striking film preview in my facebook feed among promotions for cosmetics that make skin "lighter, brighter, fresher..." was heartbreaking.
Set to release in Fall/Winter of 2011, Dark Girls examines colorism:
"...a state of prejudice, conscious and unconscious, that causes both black people and white people to label as more beautiful or desirable or intelligent individuals with lighter shades of skin, particularly when it comes to black women." - NYTBlog
Among the viewpoints and biases of varied racial communities when it comes to deep complexion, contributions to those biases also come into scrutiny including the "white-washing" of images of black women in mainstream ads and the deep-seated prejudices reinforced from times of slavery.
Though the subject matter may seem very heavy for most makeup enthusiasts, please take the opportunity to examine why we percieve "beauty" the way we do.
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
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