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Hey Everyone! I hope you all have had a great week so far and have a good weekend as well :) Tonight I went to see the Dark Girls Premiere at the Lyric Opera House along with my aunt. We got there kindof late because we forgot to print our tickets :/ BUT-we didn’t miss too much and when we got there I was excited to see alot of the seats filled. I was glad that enough people had heard about it in my area for it to be a good turnout! The documentary was sectioned into parts & I came in at the end of the Men’s points of view leading into the Women’s. Next was the Global Perspective,The Media and Healing. I think the part that I missed in the beginning was looking at the history of light skin “versus” dark skin. I stronglysuggest demand that everyone go see this documentary. You won’t be disappointed, offended, angry etc. It’s a learning experience for all races/shades both men and women. The main message is that shadeism is a deeper issue that needs to be addressed and understood in order for healing to take place and for the cycle of self hatred to stop occurring. We have to love ourselves to be able to spread love. That is essential.
There was a Q&A session with the directors Bill Duke and D. Channsin Berry which lasted for about 30 minutes in which they revealed that there will be a Part 2 doc entitled : The Yellow Brick Road. The Yellow Brick Road will be a documentary examining the struggles girls that are lighter complexioned face. I look forward to seeing and hearing their stories. My take on that is that most of what lighter skinned girls go through may be because of not feeling “black enough” or getting tired of being praised for being lighter. In my opinion that reflects back on those who are darker complexioned, feeling so insecure that they/we some feel the need to either put lighter skinned girls down or place them on a pedestal because they feel that “light is right”. This is indeed a cycle and it affects the black community as a whole. One thing that was really disappointing though, were the ticket prices that were $25 & $50. It was upsetting because I feel that this film needs to be seen by the younger girls and they might not have the money to go see it. Also, I would LOVE to do a “For Brown Girls” event showing a screening of the film followed by an on camera reaction/discussion but the documentary won’t be released on DVD until the end of the year -_____-. My heart sank when I heard the directors say this. For now, I will look into getting this film shown in high schools and colleges for a discounted price because it is NEEDED. I would even love to be a representative to make it all happen if it is indeed possible. Now to write up a few emails…
Stephanie (@stephyy0 on twitter) asked: I think at this point we all know its not easy growing up a dark skin girl, and sometimes the negative things people may say can bother us. The question i want to ask you ladies is what and/or who inspired or opened your eyes in embracing and loving your shade of brown?
Answer: Hey Stephanie ! Great question! The thing is we never really full out decided that we hated our skin complexion. We always for the most part felt comfortable in our skin until that one comment or incident, or advertisement would pop up that would shift our mood and thinking into just “Why”. Why did people see dark skin as less attractive,” Why did this guy or girl refer to my complexion as a negative thing.” “Why don’t I see girls like me in more advertisements”?”Why doesn’t this or that guy like me?” Why is my having dark skin a “flaw”? It would just be up and down feelings .. of highs and lows. We finally decided that we were fed up with being made to feel insecure or even allowing ourselves to accept those feelings. It hurt us to see each other so upset because we care about each other and to see other girls going through the same thing. Then we decided to create our YouTube Channel and Blog. As empowering and uplifting as this blog has been for you guys, it has had the same effect on us. It has reassured us even more that dark skin is indeed beautiful & that we need to harness and own that beauty so that no one will be able to take that away from us again :)
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