It looks like Oprah is continuing to fill her network’s airways with content for and about black folks. Though OWN struggled to find its footing early on, since Oprah took a more visible role on the air and incorporated a more diverse lineup, the network’s ratings have continued to rise.
Yesterday, One Village Entertainment announced that its critically acclaimed documentary, Dark Girls, will premiere on OWN this summer.
The film investigates colorism, self-esteem, and the complicated relationship some black women have with their complexion.
Bill Duke, co-director of the film, said making the film came out of his personal experience:
It came out of an idea I had based upon my childhood, what I’d gone through and seen, and what I’d seen people that I loved go through, like my sister, my niece, and other children in my family, and in my life, and I wanted to really give a voice to the voiceless. I brought the idea to Channsin Berry, my co-executive producer and director. We’d tried to get some investment dollars and we couldn’t find them, so we invested our own money — which is not painless. And why now? Colorism is unfortunately still an issue today. Dark skin is considered less than light skin in the in the minds of many in our community and in the media. We thought that finally it should be addressed, to give a voice to the voiceless.
Dark Girls has been a hit on the film festival circuit since its debut in 2011, but it’s OWN premiere in June will be the first time the doc will appear on TV.