List of Movies & Films about Colorism

Many of Colorism Healing’s readers are movie fans, and several have even been looking for movies and films about colorism in particular. While the documentary Dark Girls and its sequel Light Girls are widely known among those interested in colorism, there are other notable movies and films that address this issue. However, after searching around online, I realized it wasn’t exactly the easiest task to locate all of them. There weren’t any sites with a basic list of colorism films that readers could browse. So I created this for you. Movies, Films, Documentaries about Colorism A Question of Color (1993) Said to be the first documentary to address colorism, this film… Read More

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Author Interview: Piper Huguley and Historical Romance

When I published the Ultimate List of Colorism Books back in September, I discovered several new titles and new authors I didn’t know were out there. One of them was A Most Precious Pearl by Piper Huguley. As a historical romance novelist who features African American characters, Huguley is a best-selling author and has won notable awards for several of her books. Before the book was officially recommended for the Ultimate List, I’d actually seen someone recommending it to a friend on Twitter as a novel that actually deals with colorism in romance. @FountainPenDiva think we should check out Most Precious Pearl by @piperhuguley deals w/what we’ve always talked about!… Read More

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Colorism Quotes

Why compile a list of colorism quotes? The official answer is that a collection of quotations helps fulfill the CH mission to raise awareness and provide a hub of information and resources about colorism. Other equally valid and true reasons: People like quotes! Because sometimes I just don’t know what to write. Sometimes I get tired of my own voice and just want to soak up what others have said. Sometimes I feel like people aren’t hearing me, but they might be able to hear someone else. Full disclosure: This is by no means a comprehensive survey. I selected quotations that I tend to agree with and that are by people (much) more famous than me.… Read More

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Colorism Definitions

Colorism definitions vary. People have defined colorism in different ways over the past few decades depending on time, place, and purpose. Here’s a sampling of definitions compiled from books, articles, and websites since the early 1980s. Leave a comment and tell us which definition you prefer. Colorism Definitions: •• “Colorism—in my definition, prejudicial or preferential treatment of same-race people based solely on their color” —Alice Walker, In Search of our Mothers’ Gardens, 1983, United States •• “For this discussion I’ll use the word colorism to mean an attitude, a predisposition to act in a certain manner because of a person’s skin color.” —Edward W. Jones, “Black Managers: The Dream Deferred”… Read More

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100+ Colorism Questions: Take Discussion to the Next Level

Wondering how to start a discussion about colorism? Looking to conduct research or interviews on this topic? Tired of the same old questions and conversations about “light skin vs. dark skin”? Wishing the colorism conversation would actually get somewhere? I feel you! So I’ve compiled a list of 100 colorism questions that address the above concerns. These questions will help you start, continue, broaden, deepen, and advance discussions about colorism. General Colorism Questions: Who coined the term “colorism”? Who benefits from colorism? What is colorism? What is the history of colorism? What is the history of colorism in [specific location]? What’s the difference between racism and colorism? What’s the difference… Read More

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Ultimate List of Colorism Books for All Ages

Looking for colorism books? You could spend hours searching online until you find exactly what you’re looking for, or you can simply scroll through this list of over 50 books I’ve compiled. The list includes a variety of books about Colorism and Colorism related issues ranging from illustrated children’s books, to fiction novels, to academic and scholarly publications. These books also span a range of cultures and ethnicities. When you’re done browsing, leave a comment and let us know which books seem most interesting to you! Books About Colorism: Adams, Michael Vannoy- The Multicultural Imagination: Race, Color, and the Unconscious, 1996, Non-Fiction “…He does not assume that racism or ‘colorism’ will simply… Read More

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Our First Ever Twitter Chat! 9-6 8pm EST

Colorism Healing is hosting its first ever twitter chat! Topic: Colorism and Parenting Date: Sunday, September 9, 2015 Time: 8:00 p.m. EST Place: Twitter using #ColorismChat Follow @ColorismHealing Here are some pre-chat readings to get you ready: ♦ Mothers and Colorism ♦ Are You Doing Enough to Help Your Child Deal with Colorism? ♦ 8 Tips for Dealing with Colorism in Families ♦ When Should Parents Discuss Colorism with Their Children Please join us!

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Brave Love is Beautiful

“I wrote these words for everyone who struggles in their youth.” –Lauryn Hill, Miseducation For me (and I suppose for some of you too) true love is an act of intense courage. This first occurred to me in high school when one of my classmates called me brave for wearing my naturally textured hair. I simply let my hair grow the way it naturally grows from my scalp, as it always has since birth. And for that, I was considered… brave. Even as recently as this year, people still refer to my choice of personal style as an act of bravery. While it seems to defy gravity, my hair in… Read More

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Colorism is a Symptom and System of Oppression

Colorism is a symptom of oppression as well as a system of oppression. The specific oppression I speak of here is racism or “white supremacy.” Colorism is both a product and a tool of the umbrella institution of white supremacy. When I began reading Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire, I did not expect to find so many ideas relevant to colorism and colorism healing. Freire wrote Pedagogy in 1968, and it was translated from Portuguese to English in 1970. The book is based on Freire’s work with poor working people in Brazil. However, that very specific context of oppression has parallels with many others, and lots of people have… Read More

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Is Colorism Affecting your Relationship?

Not long ago, a theology student in Atlanta emailed to ask my opinion on how colorism affects couples and how pastors could help couples dealing with colorism. Though I’ve previously written about colorism in relationships, this email and a recent conversation with a friend prompted me to revisit the topic from a slightly different angle. We usually discuss how colorism influences people’s decisions on who to date or marry, but we rarely hear discussions about how colorism continues to affect relationships beyond the initial decision to be or not to be with someone. If colorism is an issue for a couple, here are five ways it might negatively impact their… Read More

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black ballerina Misty Copeland dancing in the ballet Coppelia

Misty Copeland and Ballet’s Color Problem

UPDATE: Misty Copeland has been promoted to the highest rank of the American Ballet Theatre, making her the first African American woman to be a principle dancer in ABT’s 75 year history. She has definitely changed the game! Let’s continue to support her so that her success ripples far into the future for other aspiring ballerinas. ORIGINAL: This month, Misty Copeland and Brooklyn Mack made history as the first black ballet dancers to star in Swan Lake, arguably the most in famous ballet ever. In 2015, that means Copeland and Mack are the first blacks to dance lead in Swan Lake in about 140 years. The world of ballet clearly has a color… Read More

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