Wednesday, July 6, 2022

OWN to Air World Premiere of ‘Light Girls’ Monday

*Los Angeles – OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network will air the world premiere of “Light Girls” on Monday, January 19 at 9 p.m.11 p.m. ET/PT.

The critically acclaimed documentary “Dark Girls” aired on the network last year, and award-winning filmmaker Bill Duke continues the conversation on colorism with “Light Girls,” sharing an in-depth study of the advantages and disadvantages of being a lighter-skinned woman as seen through the eyes of notable entertainers, educators and everyday people.

The film highlights and questions the notion that “light skin makes for an easier life” and provides a global analysis of skin color and its relationship with societal values. It boldly dives into topics such as bullying, skin bleaching and the trending social media separation, #teamlightskin versus #teamdarkskin.

The documentary features interviews with Russell Simmons, Soledad O’Brien, Diahann Carroll, India ArieIyanla VanzantMichaela Angela Davis, Essence Atkins, Kym Whitley, Raven Salli Richardson-Whitfield and more.

View “Light Girls” clips below: 

The Colorism Conversation Continues in “Light Girls”

Iyanla Vanzant, Michaela Angela Davis, Essence Atkins and many more speak out about bullying and the trending separation between #teamlightskin and #teamdarkskin on social media.

Iyanla Vanzant, Chante Moore, Essence Atkins and More Share Experiences of Colorism as Light-Skinned Women

In the documentary “Light Girls,” African-American actresses and media personalities born with lighter complexions recount painful childhood memories.

Hollywood and Colorism

Hollywood is often criticized for its casting choices, with many believing that lighter-skinned actresses are given preference over darker-skinned actresses. In the documentary “Light Girls,” Chris Spencer (co-creator of “Real Husbands of Hollywood”), Raven-Symoné (That’s So Raven) and other entertainers discuss how the opposite is sometimes true.

About “Light Girls”

From the creator and director of the critically acclaimed documentary “Dark Girls,” award-winning filmmaker Bill Duke continues the conversation on colorism with “Light Girls.”  Sharing the untold stories and experiences of lighter-skinned women, “Light Girls” dives deep into the discussion of skin color, preference, privilege, pain and prejudice. The documentary unravels the lost pages of history to find the origins of colorism, racial self-hatred and the ideal standards of beauty, and takes viewers on a journey through time and story, seeking to both heal and unite light and dark women from all walks of life throughout the world.

“Light Girls” Photo Gallery




Kristin Robinson




  1. i was very disheartened by the segment of light girls verses dark girls. the dark girls segment show every aspect a dark girl have encountered in society. however, in the segment of light girls it minimumize the plight of lighter tones sisters. Instead, light girls should have been entitled dark girls , black men and other aspect of societycontinue to diss light tone sisters. example: in dark girls the sistah make the comment about our first lady being dark skin verse a light skin sister with long hair. the dark girls segment allowed viewers to tweet their opinions which was not done in the light girls segment. also, celebrities in the media have carried out the willie lynch theory of division especially among women of color. terms like honkie with a tan, too light to be black weren’ t given as much coverage and the insecurities of light girls to fit in among their own sistahs.Instead, it seems like light girls continues to apology to darker girls for the brutal rape of their ancestry. harriet tubman was a dark skin mother , who free many slaves. rosa parks was a light skin mother , who sat down for injustices. the emancipation proclamatiom gaves freedom. however, the slavery of the mind continues to shackles the essence of women of color. food for thought present on television the number of light skins who passed for white in order to free their darker skin family. the light girl might be the great-great granddaughter of this individual. as a red bone i am proud of my biracial great grandmother, the cherokee and black foot heritage of my grandfather and great grandmother respectively and yes my great grandfather , who was dark skin and born six month before the emanicipation. most of all, i am forever humble to God for creating me by his own standard. prejudice is prejudice no matter who skin it is embedded within. Unfortunately, the bondage of slavery and prejudices are forever engrained in darks verses light girls toward each others. this is the legacy we as women of color have bestowed on our future!!!!


  3. After watching “Light Girls”, I have a few thoughts. First, as a very dark-skinned woman (about Alec Wek’s complexion) who caught pure hell in school in 1970’s and 1980’s from my fellow blacks(as I was also tormented, attacked or threatened with violence), I was still able to appreciate that sometimes having light skin is not always beneficial. I could commiserate with the lighter-hued women but only so much. As intimated in the documentary, light women have an overarching advantage in the dating and marrying arenas. A fact that does not bode well at all for darker women who hope to have families of our own. And Iyanla Vanzant said it best-“a rich, handsome, successful man would not want me.” To that end, light women will always have it easier in that regard. Even the men expressed an undeniable preference for non-dark women. That is why I have forsaken black men as it would be a complete waste of my time to entertain any notion of ever having a serious relationship with one.
    Second, I also watched “Dark Girls”, and feel that “Light Girls” is a more polished presentation of colorism as it was chock full of celebrities, and other well-educated, accomplished participants–something “Dark Girls” lacked. On that I front I was disappointed, but not surprised, that more “effort and thought” went into showcasing the light girls’ pain through more recognizable figures. I wonder why?
    Third, it is the height of hypocrisy that we as blacks converse ad nauseum about the race issue, riot, protest, and destroy property like savages in response to how whites (mis)treat our own because of skin color. Yet we continue to denigrate/abuse ourselves and each other for the same reason. Why should we expect others to show us the same deference we refuse to give members of our own race.
    Finally, I never had a problem with being dark. Other blacks (especially light-skinned blacks) had a problem with me, and they were intent on making their problem my problem. With that said, the documentary was an insightful, necessary discussion of a very painful topic for both light-and dark-skinned people. However, it is a discussion that has been had myriad times, and nothing has changed.
    Maybe once we stop blaming “Massa” for everything that’s wrong with us, we will actually make some tangible progress.

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