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.