Light Girls is an upcoming Bill Duke-directed documentary that unveils “the untold stories and experiences of lighter-skinned women, and dives deep into the discussion of skin color, preference, privilege, pain, and prejudice.”
The documentary, which premieres on Oprah’s OWN network on Jan. 19th, features interviews with Soledad O’Brien, Diahann Carroll, India Arie, Iyanla Vanzant, Michaela Angela Davis, Kym Whitley, Salli Richardson-Whitfield and more.
I understand why this sequel was created, but I’m doubtful it’ll fully go there and discuss the root of colorism, instead of just gliding over the surface of it and mainly touching on personal experiences. It’ll still be a lingering issue. That’s what was lacking in Dark Girls. It speaks on a divide and gives personal experiences, but hardly confronts the origins of the divide that surely doesn’t occur in the black community alone. It should be the bulk of the documentary with personal tales weaved here and there. History lesson style. But hey, that’s just my opinion.
Plus, where do girls whose skin color is between the two fit into this conversation? Or do we? Of course, for black girls, there’s the field vs house slave and the brown paper bag test part of history. Personally, I’ve never had an experience with colorism and always feel like an onlooker, but others might’ve. What’s the history there, if any?
I wonder what Oprah has in store after this.
Watch the trailer for Lights Girls below.