Will you tune in?
The Bill Duke and D. Channsin Berry documentary was first mentioned here last November, and will show in Birmingham on November 3 at the Carver Theatre/Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame. Get your FREE TICKETS by clicking HERE. According to the invitation, Bill Duke will be featured at the screening, which begins at 7:30 PM.
Dark Girls “[explores] the deep-seated biases and attitudes about skin color particularly [experienced by] dark-skinned women, outside of and within the Black American culture.” As Berry notes, “The skin issue is a discussion we all need to have once and for all…so we can eradicate it.”
If you think we’ve progressed beyond the need to address the color complex, then you surely have missed the recent uproar over Zoe Saldana’s casting in the upcoming Nina Simone biopic. I will say upfront that the preview was painful for me to watch. It brought back some memories and brought up some serious questions. Not every person with a darker complexion has a negative self-image or confidence issues, and not everyone of a lighter complexion has been held up as a beauty ideal. But whatever your complexion, eye color or hair texture, Dark Girls a thought-provoking piece.
The Carver Theatre is located at 1631 4th Avenue North.
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.