Netflix Nights: ‘Dark Girls’ Documentary Exposes and Inspires

Dark Girls
Dark Girls on Netflix

All colors of the rainbow are gorgeous and created by God.

My opinion? I love chocolate cake, caramel candies, vanilla ice cream you name it. I don’t close doors on opportunities.Whether it looks like me or not.

I heard about Dark Girls for a couple of years now and I hesitated to watch it because at the time all I ever saw on YouTube, blog posts, Twitter- you name it were horrible, degrading things about black women in general. No way should I watch this. However, Dark Girls proved to be a quick educational and inspirational documentary that I wish were longer.

The documentary begins with someone asking this beautiful, chocolate child why she does not think she is black. She says, “I am not black” and when you see her sad, large eyes you wonder, what in the world has Satan spewed in America?

The next ten or fifteen minutes or so gives a backdrop of the history of blacks. Several psychologists and spiritual mentors offer up their opinions, research and own advice. One psychologist says first of all, blacks were not even considered people. We were property(paraphrase).

But darker toned women- The brown, cinnamon, and onyx beauties of the world suffer a fate different than biracial or lighter skinned women face. Many of their stories in the documentary was raw and very telling of our communities. We demonize and criticize each other more harshly than any other race could do.

Their stories were tapestries not of gold and fairy dreams but were bitter, biting and they endured terrible name calling from their own families and “friends”.

I nearly burst into tears when one older, dark women said she always wore her class ring on her ring finger because she knew she would never get married. Tragic!

Another example of what dark women experience, is told by an older dark skinned woman with short cropped silver hair. She went to Hawaii(I believe it was Hawaii), the men praised her for her darkness and called her skin beautiful and she was stunned because in her own family and America in general, black is not consider pretty.

The documentary also injected a twist: Men’s take on dark skinned women. And of course some black men admitted that dark skinned women are not really the apple of their eye or never was. While others actually love black skinned women. A white male mentioned how he loved dark skinned women and married one.

Anyway, the film was well directed and offered up intelligent voices on this matter. I watched the documentary pretty late but it held my interest because even though there is bigger fish to fry, having to deal with black versus blue crimes,  a bad economy and the youth of today- colorism still exists and who can define beauty anyway?



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