“Dark Girls” Documentary Review

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As a four year old girl is asked which child is the dumb child and which child is the ugly child, she points to the little girl that looks like her with the dark skin complexion and my heart sinks. To think now, in this day of age at four years old, that color has become an issue already is disgusting. Watching the documentary Dark Girls on OWN was an informative yet controversial piece, as they discussed the problems that exist today with color, made me appreciate all skin complexions even more.

The amount of negativity towards dark skin girls that exists today is absurd. To be informed that globally, skin bleaching is promoted regularly to make one feel beauty in their skin tone just wowed me. Knowing all the medical problems that can occur due to skin bleaching and to have women still do this to feel beautiful, I blame society and how they have labeled and allowed for the discrimination of dark skin girls to go on. Not only did the skin bleaching shock me, but so did brown paper bag test. The test ran as follows: if you were lighter than a brown paper bag then you were desirable as to if you were darker you were ugly.

The documentary states that a recent Dove study found that 7 in 10 girls between the ages of 8 and 17 feel that they are not good enough or do not measure up in their appearance. This statement goes to show how much insecurity exists in our girls. Dr. Cheryl Grills stated “If you want to change a person, the first thing you must do is to change their awareness on themselves.” Changing awareness of the ones feeling insecure about themselves would help build confidence within. They can’t change the image they have in their head about themselves without them becoming aware they are beautiful.

Every women of any skin complexion/any age/any size is beautiful. You are beautiful the way your are so remember that!

Check out more information on Dark Girls at http://www.oprah.com/packages/dark-girls.html


  1. Briana

    July 10, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    Black is black, light or dark. In the end we should accept one another because if we don’t then don’t then who will? Black men now n days don’t even like their own race and are going for white woman, which is fine. But don’t forget who brought you into this world. A BLACK WOMEN! Learn to appreciate your culture and stop letting society change the culture. Not all black women are loud and “ghetto”. Most are strong-willed and powerful. So the belief that “if I’m dating a white woman, I’ll be better in life and have prettier children, and a nicer woman, is plain ol STUPID. Because it makes you look like a coward and a disgrace to YOUR OWN race IF you’re with someone for reasons like that. I’m starting to believe that black men want their race to go extinct. They put that in dark girls head, especially with these rap songs. Only rapping about “red bones ” and “yellow bones”. But notice the DARKEST MEN are the ones rapping about it. Hypocrites.I believe that ALL BLACK IS BEAUTIFUL! & No one should change who they are. Tell yourself that you’re beautiful and accept whatever skin that God put you in. It is sssooo crucial to do so now n days. Confidence is what matters most!

  2. Briana

    July 10, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    By the way I’m 17 years old, black, beautiful, and talented and nobody can make me feel any less than that because I’m confident in everything about myself. Everyone has a right to that! <3

  3. admin

    July 10, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    I love what you said Briana- you are so awesome
    Diana – one of the Editors

  4. Patricia

    July 11, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    Briana, I am also an Editor for this magazine and I have to applaud you for writing this. I can’t believe you are only 17 years old and you get it. Yes, we all need to embrace our uniqueness no matter what nationality/size etc we are. Thank you again for your fabulous comment