‘Dark Girls’ investigates ongoing color complex

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I recently attended the screening of Dark Girls at the Carver Theatre, and it was an eye-opening, thought-provoking experience.  Mayor William Bell gave opening remarks and the audience settled in for a film which was peppered with humor as well as biting realism.  Not to be missed was comedian, actor and motivational speaker Michael Colyar’s insight, as well as the thoughts of several African-American men and women who shared their perspectives, fears and mixed feelings. Christal M. Jackson – who helped coordinate the evening locally – hosted a Q&A with the audience that shared first person testimonies of how the color complex has affected them.

I was left with this thought: “Our beauty is really our state of mind.” [MC]

 Although Bill Duke was unable to attend, he did convey his appreciation for the warm reception the film received. If Dark Girls airs near you, make plans to see it.

Images courtesy of Lynsey Weatherspoon Photography

Dark Girls to Debut in Atlanta on November 19

Last Friday’s Fashion Flashback, School Daze,  dealt with the color complex as played out on a fictitious college campus in the 1980s.  But as Bill Duke and D. Channsin Berry’s latest documentary Dark Girls reveals, this issue is far from closed.  With honest and painful commentary from black women of various ages and complexions, the film “Dark Girls pulls back our country’s curtain to reveal that the deep seated biases and hatreds of racism – within and outside of the Black American culture – remain bitterly entrenched.” 

 Dark Girls will be shown at Atlanta’s fabulous Fox Theater on November 19 at 7:30 PM, and will be followed by a live discussion with Bill Duke and D. Channsin Berry.  For ticket information, click here.

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