I saw this video over at Gorgeousingrey.com. I had to share it with you guys!
The documentary explores what it means to be "a dark skin girl" in the African American culture today, a social abnormality reinforced by slavery.
Does it shed any light on the big controversy over Beyonce's 'whitened' L'Oreal ads or the use of terms such as 'brighten/lightener' on beauty products?
While I don't have eloquent words to articulate my sentiments at length about the matter, here are some random thoughts that surface when watching this snippet.
-It's been about two years since I've heard the "house negro/slave" reference.
-I always thought that my babies would be 'brown'. I never thought that there was a chance that I would have a 'light skin' baby until I got to college. It was just my reality to see 'dark skin' people, esp. in my family. Why wouldn't my child be?
-I realized that other people noticed my skin color/thought it was different when an elementary school classmate told me I was white. I tried to tell her I wasn't, but she was convinced 0_o.
-I question why most music videos have light skin or biracial girls as lead interests.
-This is my own blog and sometimes my NC42 skin makes me feel stuck in the middle... sometimes I get away with products that aren't necessarily 'for us', but I can't be nc50 overnight, as if my nc42 skin isn't enough. All my nc42's stand up!
-I watched this with my son. He told me it doesn't matter what color you are. You can be smart and pretty. It doesn't matter your color. [CHECK!]
What are your thoughts on the documentary?