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How 'Boy Meets World' Helped me Dissect Beauty and Colorism

Iman Smith | Posted 08.28.2015 | Black Voices
Iman Smith

I fell in love with the glamour of two individuals from completely different walks of life blending together on ABC during the 1990s. I related to Angela's shortcomings, her ethnicity and the fact that, like her, I too was often the signature black girl in the room.

Millennials, Let's Not Kill Black Love

Ernest Owens | Posted 06.04.2015 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

When I hear a 13-year-old girl at the grocery store say she won't ever get married because he will get her "pregnant and leave," we have developed a wall of improper misjudgment for any man of color she plans to forever date.

The Problem With Black Women

Kim Lute | Posted 06.21.2015 | Black Voices
Kim Lute

My French Creole features speak to a long history of miscegenation: green eyes, skin the color of a white peach and a sharp Puritan nose to match my thinly drawn Vermillion lips. Still, my blackness is always in question because of my lightness, especially among my darker sisters.

This Woman's Courageous Fight Against Racism Transcends Borders

HuffPost Maghreb | Sandro Lutyens | Posted 03.13.2015 | Black Voices

When we met her in a tea house in Bardo, we could hardly bring ourselves to ask where she's from. That’s because Saadia Mosbah is the head of the gr...

On the "A" w/Souleo: New PBS Doc Examines How One School is Beating The Odds

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 05.12.2015 | Black Voices
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

Money is often considered at the root of issues impacting the nation's education challenges but for director, Garland McLaurin, more money alone won't...

Marissa Alexander, The One Who Lived

Avis Jones-DeWeever | Posted 04.05.2015 | Black Voices
Avis Jones-DeWeever

The relative victory of Marissa is that she is the one who lived. And she lives precisely because she knew her life mattered. Even if no one else believed it to be so.

Light-Skinned Black Women On The Pain Of Not Feeling 'Black Enough'

OWN | Posted 01.28.2015 | OWN

In director Bill Duke's much buzzed-about documentary "Light Girls," African-American women share emotional testimonials of what it's like to grow up ...

Raven-Symoné Tanned '3 Or 4 Times A Week' To Have Darker Skin For 'That's So Raven'

OWN | Posted 01.13.2015 | OWN

Many African-American actresses in Hollywood have spoken out about the entertainment industry's discrimination against women with darker skin, the lac...

Zendaya To Play Aaliyah In Lifetime Biopic: Does Color Matter?

Kim Kane | Posted 08.17.2014 | Entertainment
Kim Kane

Zendaya Coleman is talented and a hard worker - should she be denied what could very well be the role of a lifetime just because (though she is in fact Black) some view her as "not Black enough"?

Skin Whitening Injections Gain Popularity Among Kenya's Elite

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 05.31.2014 | Black Voices

Controversy has always surrounded the practice of skin-lightening, but not enough to hinder its popularity in various communities around the world. ...

Colorism and the Most Beautiful Woman

Dr. Carmen Cruz | Posted 07.15.2014 | Women
Dr. Carmen Cruz

This is still a complex issue. One person, one experience, like seeing Lupita on a cover, cannot undo hundreds of years of an internalized issue. Just like anything else, it is going to take time.

"I Don't Normally Date Dark-Skin Men": Colorism in the Black Gay Community

Donovan Thompson | Posted 06.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Donovan Thompson

Should I be pleased that I am the exception to your rule, driven undoubtedly by self-loathing?

Why Tika Sumpter Loves Her Dark Skin

OWN | Posted 01.25.2014 | OWN

When Tyler Perry cast Tika Sumpter as the cunning vixen, Candace Young, in the OWN drama "The Haves and the Have Nots," he purposefully chose an intel...

How You May Be Playing Into Colorism Without Realizing It

OWN | Posted 01.23.2014 | OWN

During a provocative episode of "Oprah's Lifeclass," Iyanla Vanzant joins Oprah to discuss colorism, the discrimination within races based on the ligh...

Study Claims People Remember Educated Black Men As Lighter-Skinned

Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices

The black community is no stranger to the deep-seated issues of colorism, so the results of a new study highlighting color bias are not surprising. ...

10 Messages of Wisdom We Need to Give Black Youth Right Now

Ernest Owens | Posted 03.15.2014 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

As I look back at my childhood, it was the advice that my mother, grandmother and elders had instilled in me that still resides in my now adult conscience. So here is what I've learned and my only hope is that others will carry it on.

Two Light-Skinned Black Women Detail The Prejudice They Face

OWN | Posted 01.23.2014 | OWN

On a recent episode of "Oprah's Lifeclass," Iyanla Vanzant joined Oprah to discuss the issue of colorism, the prejudices people can face based on the ...

The Secret Shame Of Colorism

OWN | Posted 01.23.2014 | OWN

It's an issue that wreaks havoc among African-American, Asian, Latin American, and other communities: colorism. "It is the light skin, dark skin preju...

Not Caste in Color: Dispelling Myths in Our Classrooms

Murali Balaji | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Murali Balaji

Colorism, as it turns out, is a deeply rooted issue among many within the Indian Diaspora, and it's not limited to one particularly faith tradition or ethnicity.

A Black Mother's Prayer

Ama Yawson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Ama Yawson

While parents of all races pray that teachers will appreciate their children's talents and that classmates will not bully their children about weight, glasses, etc., African-American parents, in particular, pray that their children will not experience race and color-related trauma.

Dominican Colorism

Claudio E. Cabrera | Posted 11.10.2013 | Latino Voices
Claudio E. Cabrera

Growing up, my "Dominicaness" was questioned because of my complexion despite the majority of baseball stars resembling me. I had to prove I was Dominican by speaking Spanish. I endured N-word taunts. I almost felt like I had to go through an obstacle course to prove I was Dominican.

Sheryl Underwood, Re-think Your Judgments on Black Hair

Ernest Owens | Posted 11.04.2013 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

Please understand that with all the many issues that are facing blacks in the public sphere, hair should be something we should all strive to look past as a debate.

WATCH: What Never To Say To A Dark-Skinned Girl

OWN | Posted 08.24.2013 | OWN

The worst part: it was her mother who said it

My Father's Love of Nina Simone

CC Stinson | Posted 08.13.2013 | Black Voices
CC Stinson

Nina is an interesting and charismatic character, so I can see why my father loved her music. He would be so excited that two films are in production about her life, and I am thrilled as well despite the controversy.

"You're Pretty for a Dark-Skinned Girl": The Continuing Significance of Skin Tone in "the Black Community"

j.n. salters | Posted 07.30.2013 | Black Voices
j.n. salters

While all African Americans are subject to certain kinds of discrimination and second-class citizenship, the intensity, frequency, and outcomes of this discrimination vary drastically by skin tone, and there are far greater "benefits" that come with lighter skin.