Dark Girls,” the documentary which candidly and provocatively explores colorism among African-Americans, is finally making it to the small screen. Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network will air the ‘Dark Girls’ documentary next Sunday.

The film, which premiered at Toronto International Film Festival in 2011, has generated a lot of buzz for its compelling interviews with dark-skinned African-American who reveal their poignant experiences dealing with colorism.

Co-directed by D. Channsin Berry and Bill Duke, the film gives dark-skinned women a platform to discuss prejudices they’ve faced because of their complexion and hopefully, spread awareness and bring healing.

Berry says of the film, in a writeup on their official website: “These ladies broke it down to the degree that dark-skinned ‘sistas’ with ‘good’ hair vs. dark-skinned women with ‘kinky’ hair were given edges when it came time for coveted promotions.” Additional interviewees for “Dark Girls” include White men in loving intimate relationships with Black women that were passed over by “their own men,” as well as dark-skinned women of Latin and Panamanian background to bring a world perspective to the issue of dark vs. light.”

I can’t wait to tune in to the world television premiere of Dark Girls on OWN Sunday, June 23, at 10 PM EST. Will you be watching, Clutchettes?

Watch the trailer below:


  1. Oh my freaking God…I am a dark skinned woman and I am too tired of this nonesense. Lighter skin women are considered prettier because the benefit from a positive beausty stereot type. In short their own PR. A sizeable amount (not sure if it’s half) of light girls have European features: Pointy, downard nose, a less coarse texture of hair. European features are considered beautiful and the more white in you the lighter your sking and the more likely you are to have these features.

    However a Pretty Dark skinned girl will take get asked out for dates more than a less attractive light skinned girl PERIOD. Men among other things judge women by beauty so work with whatever you have going on in the looks department and stop complaining about how light skin girls are getting all the attention. It would be like a good guy complaining NBA players were getting more attention than them…so what?

    And Dark Skin girls take better care of yourselves. Do your hair, do your makeup. We need better PR as well. If we acted more girly, could cook, smiled and actually looked to the things we could be a more desireable stereotype too!

    Megan Goode is prettier many light skin women

    • Cocoa

      Megan Goode is not even dark, chile please!

  2. Gwennette Manning

    My mother was light skinned, and my younger sister is too. I on the other hand is dark skinned. At first I did hate myself, but I had to gain my own place in this world. Any man that doesn’t want me because of my skin color I don’t want him as well. I will get hurt I know bcause men will use me for sex but not for marriage. I deal with rejection well and I am alone alot.

  3. Kels

    @ Gwennette Manning, there are PLENTY of light-skinned women who get cheated on and are passed over for marriage. You will not get used unless you allow yourself to. When the time is right, you will find a mature man of subtance who doesn’t care about skin color. It’s so ignorant any to choose someone based on their skin color. And that’s good you wouldn’t want a man who doesn’t want you based on your skin color. I was passed over because I wasn’t dark enough, but I did give a rats ass because those type of men are will end up leaving you becuase they weren’t with you for any real reasons in the first place.

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