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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Selma Director Ava DuVernay Talks to Melissa Harris-Perry

As a fan of Selma, I was eager to see Melissa Harris-Perry’s interview with director Ava DuVernay. And now I’m a fan of DuVernay herself. Although she didn’t win a Globe, she’s definitely winning hearts! In this interview, which aired the morning of the Golden Globes, DuVernay is effortlessly intelligent, creative, passionate, and talented. Go ahead and swell with pride at seeing this black woman’s brilliance on full display!

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Light Girls Documentary Selfie Campaign

Remember the Dark Girls documentary? Well, there’s a sequel in the making called Light GIrls! The creators of the film, including Dark Girls producer Bill Duke, have launched an incredible effort called the Light Girls Selfie Campaign.  The campaign asks men and women of all shades to respond to a set of given prompts in a one minute video and share it on the Light Girls Facebook page. I was inspired to record the following video:   I encourage you to create a video for this campaign as well. When you do, please leave a comment so we can watch and share! To learn more about the Light Girls Selfie Campaign, visit www.facebook.com/LightGirlsMovie

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2014 Colorism Poetry Contest Results

Thank you to everyone who submitted poetry or encouraged someone else to submit. We received over 300 incredible poems. Thank you to the judges Opal Palmer-Adisa, Sharon G. Flake, and Calida Rawles for volunteering their time to make this contest a reality. And thank you, dear reader, simply for caring. Here are the results of the 2014 Colorism Poetry Contest Division 1: Ages 10-14 Winner: “Just the Color” by Jabari Butler Honorable Mentions “Accepted” by Rebecca Jimenez “Ares Red” by Gia Spann “Deep are the Victims” by Sophia Grudzina “My Light Shines” by Khloe Henry Division 2: Ages 15-19 Winner: “Midnight Girl” by Marlana Edwards Honorable Mentions “The Blacker the Berry” by Kiki Nicole “Color and its ‘ism’” by Kolby Whack “Scarred Eyes” by Joy… Read More

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Fighting Colorism while Reading Magazines

Magazines are one of humanity’s greatest creative/business  projects. My mom used to work at a bank inside of a grocery store. As a girl, I’d grab all the house and home magazines off the shelves to pass the time until she got off work. Then, in high school I discovered black hair magazines and Essence. I can honestly say that these magazines helped shape my ideas of the world and of myself. It began with the typical impulse to collect pictures and stories of my favorite celebrities at the time, but it soon grew into something more. I came to view magazines differently, and they served a deeper purpose than… Read More

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For a Brown Girl: who committed suicide when her rainbow wasn’t enough

“& this is for colored girls who have considered suicide / but are movin to the ends of their own rainbows” —Ntozake Shange In 1975 the poet Ntozake Shange published For Colored Girls who have Considered Suicide when the Rainbow is Enuf. In April 2014, the rainbow proved insufficient for one colored girl, Karyn Washington, creator of the online communities For Brown Girls and The #DarkSkinRedLips Project. Like most of her fans, I didn’t know Karyn personally, but we exchanged a few tweets and emails about our common interests in colorism, self-love, and empowerment. I got the news of Karyn’s suicide on Friday afternoon and struggled to fight back tears the rest of… Read More

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5 Lessons on Colorism from Lupita Nyong’o’s Essence Speech

The talk continues about Lupita Nyong’o. Over the past few days, however, it’s gotten deeper than just her Hollywood stardom and high fashion domination. Ever since Lupita’s powerful speech about the effects of colorism at Essence’s Black Women in Hollywood event, more people are weighing in on the issue. Some, like me, are openly excited about this moment. Some might be a little more skeptical. Others are probably unaware that anything is happening. Regardless of what we ultimately believe about Lupita’s role in fighting colorism, it’s clear that she’s helping to spark discussion about colorism in ways that very few other celebrities have. After watching and reading Lupita’s speech, I… Read More

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