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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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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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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Colorism in Casting Call for ‘Straight Outta Compton’ NWA Film

The Hollywood casting agency Sande Alessi reportedly issued an “apology” through TMZ regarding their casting call for the film Straight Outta Compton (NWA biopic). Universal Pictures and the filmmakers have also since distanced themselves from the casting call. Here’s the casting call originally posted on the agency’s Facebook page, then deleted, but not before being transcribed by Gawker: SAG OR NON UNION CASTING NOTICE FOR FEMALES-ALL ETHNICITIES- from the late 80’s. Shoots on “Straight Outta Compton”. Shoot date TBD. We are pulling photos for the director of featured extras… SAG OR NON UNION FEMALES – PLEASE SEE BELOW FOR SPECIFIC BREAKDOWN. DO NOT EMAIL IN FOR MORE THAN ONE CATEGORY: A GIRLS:… 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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Colorism in the Media: Lupita Nyong’o on the Power of Images

In the following video, Lupita Nyong’o talks to BET about why media images were so important for her growing up and continue to be important for everyone today. Nyong’o is the 2014 Oscar nominee for Best Supporting Actress, and many believe that she’s the favorite to win. She has already been nominated for numerous awards and won several for her supporting actress role in the acclaimed film 12 Years a Slave, including a Screen Actors Guild Award, an NAACP Image Award, and a Critic’s Choice Award. In a previous post about how Lupita Nyong’o helps combat colorism in the media, I wrote that I didn’t know if she embraced her role… Read More

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Colorism Poetry Contest Judge: Sharon G. Flake

Colorism Poetry Contest Judge: Sharon G. Flake I’d like to introduce the second judge for the Colorism Poetry Contest, Sharon G. Flake! Sharon G. Flake is a prolific, award winning, Young Adult novelist, and author of The Skin I’m In. I really believe in the power of literature to help use heal from colorism and to change our attitudes about ourselves and others. Flake’s novels should be on every young person’s reading list. To learn more about Flake and her work, click here. Don’t forget that you can start submitting your poems to the Colorism Poetry Contest on April 1, 2014!

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India Arie- Video

  LYRICS: Verse 1 Sometimes I shave my legs and sometimes I don’t Sometimes I comb my hair and sometimes I won’t Depend on how the wind blows I might even paint my toes It really just depends on whatever feels good in my soul   Chorus I’m not the average girl from your video And I ain’t built like a supermodel But I learned to love myself unconditionally Because I am a queen I’m not the average girl from your video My worth is not determined by the price of my clothes No matter what I’m wearing I will always be India.Arie   Verse 2 When I look in… Read More

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