*Do light-skinned black women have it easier than their dark-skinned counterparts?
That’s the topic of discussion in “Light Girls,” the sequel to Bill Duke’s critically acclaimed documentary, “Dark Girls.” Featuring various women in addition to celebrities like Diahann Carroll, Kym Whitley, Michaela Angela Davis, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Soledad O’Brien and Essence Atkins, “Light Girls” explores colorism via the “untold stories of lighter-skinned women around the globe,” according to Shadow and Act.
In an interview with MadamNoire.com, Duke mentioned that he interviewed lighter skinned black girls and women for his new film. According to the filmmakers, viewers expecting to hear stories of light-skinned privilege will be horrified by stories of abuse and objectification that were also inflicted upon the women for the shade of their blackness.
To illustrate his point Duke referenced an interview he did with a lighter skinned black woman, who had Nair hair removal thrown onto her head by a gang of darker skinned women who pulled her hair out from the roots. Duke noted that the women were likely jealous of the victim because of the lightness of her skin.
In addition to the ladies, Duke revealed that “Light Girls” will include Black men, who had no trouble admitting to desiring lighter skinned women as status symbols.
“With these films, I’m not trying to judge anybody and just presenting the truth of how people feel,” Duke said. “My point with this film is that you [dark skinned and light skinned] both should stop.”
“Light Girls” is set to premiere at 9 p.m. ET/PT Jan. 19 on OWN. To see a teaser trailer for the film, check out the video below: