Last year, Oprah’s TV network OWN aired “Dark Girls,” a documentary that explored the biases against black women of darker shades in their own community. I praised the documentary for bringing a normally inclusive issue to a broader audience. Looking back, I do wish it went more in depth on the different levels of impact colorism has, but there’s only so much one documentary can touch on.
Now, OWN will look at the other side of the spectrum with “Light Girls.” Featuring interviews with Essence Atkins, Tatyana Ali, Kym Whitley, Raven-Symoné, Amber Rose, Claudia Jordan and others. They’ll be discussing their own struggles, as well as the privileges they have – the latter of which I think is important and not acknowledged very much. I’ll be interested to see what stories are told and how.
You can look at the TV spot for the documentary, airing Monday, January 19 on OWN, below: