“Dark Girls”: A Documentary Discussing A Color Complex
Recently I stumbled across “Dark Girls,” a preview trailer for the upcoming documentary directed by Bill Duke. Described as a “documentary exploring the deep-seated biases and attitudes about skin color–particularly dark-skinned women, outside of and within the Black American culture,” its content explores aspects of the deeply detrimental color complex. Ideologies with origins in chattel slavery, as heard in the trailer’s testimonies, are echoed in everyday media imaging and programming. The invisible scars remain from effects of deep-rooted generational myths, even in post racial America, and the hurt manifests in many Black and brown women struggling silently.
Discussions about Black women’s perspectives of value and acceptance based on complexion are grossly relevant and timely. To gain a better understanding of the issue consider reading The Color Complex by Kathy Russell, Midge Wilson, and Ronald Hall. The book delves deeper into origins of the complex, and challenges modern ideals of beauty and privilege. Hopefully everyone runs to their nearest theater in support of this forthcoming effort. Thought provoking projects produced by US such as “Dark Girls” support honest and relevant stories that promote positive change. S/O to A Black Girl’s Guide To Weight Loss blog, who also posted the link (cross search 🙂 ) Please continue to push this effort, and extend the discussion. Love each other.