Starting Your Dreams Later In Life and Embracing the Detour

Jenee Darden speaking at Creative Mornings I know it's been a while since I've posted anything but that's because of my job. I'm working as a reporter covering Oakland and I host an arts segment on the radio where I get to interview amazing artists from around the Bay Area. Plus I'm publicizing my book  and building my speaking career!  You know what's funny? I thought this would all happen by the time I was 27-30.  Nope. That wasn't God's plan for me. I'm finally beginning to do the things I've wanted to do and I'm almost 40 years old. Some people reading this who are 40 will say 40 is still young. But some younger people reading may think 40 is nearly ancient. But I'm writing this post for those who like me, thought their career and personal dreams would come true much early in life. I'm here to tell you not to give up.  You know, death inspires life. A number of my relatives and friends have passed away, ranging in

Dark Girls Premieres on OWN Tonight

I'm so happy that OWN will be airing the documentary Dark Girls. The explores colorism or hue discrimination against Black women.  As you probably know, I won my first journalism award last year thanks to this film. I did an audio feature called "Dark Girls Documentary and the Psychological Effects of Colorism." I interviewed the film's directors Bill Duke and D. Channsin Berry, as well as shared my own personal experience with colorism. The story aired on my other show Mental Health and Wellness Radio.

Colorism is hue discrimination in the Black Diaspora. People are treated differently and mistreated because their skin is of a lighter or darker shade in the black and brown color spectrum.

How sad that we're still talking about this in 2013. This division began in slavery and hasn't ended. But I guess it's hard when mainstream media pushes fairness as the only shade of beauty.

I like the film. It gives a great explanation of the issue  and it's not an "I'm dark-skinned and life sucks" film. The documentary also celebrates the beauty of black skin.

Check it out. Please leave your thoughts about the film here or Facebook or Twitter. I would love to know your opinion.

Dark Girls: A World Television Premiere Event - First Look
Dark Girls is a fascinating and controversial documentary film that goes underneath the surface to explore the prejudices that dark-skinned women face throughout the world. It explores the roots of classism, racism and the lack of self-esteem within a segment of cultures that span from America to the most remote corners of the globe. Women share their personal stories, touching on deeply ingrained beliefs and attitudes of society, while allowing generations to heal as they learn to love themselves for who they are. Watch the world television premiere of Dark Girls on OWN. Tune in Sunday, June 23, at 10/9c.