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LET'S GET REAL ABOUT COLORISM
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In the video below, Kimberly Foster makes a good case for how vigilant we have to be if we're going to make an effort to stomp colorism out or at least reduce it. But I'm going to go a step further and say we have to stop contributing to it ourselves. We have to vote for what we want to see with our dollars.
What we see regularly is what we reproduce. I don't care how smart some of us think we are. What we see in our entertainment matters.
So, I'm not watching "Luke Cage"
And, I'm running toward anything that puts the bite on "Straight Outta Compton"
I'm not boycotting Zendaya or the new crop of light girls. But I'm not making an effort to support Zendaya or any other light women unless there's a darker-skinned black woman in it too. Again, I don't hate Zendaya or any other light skinned actress. But I've supported the careers of Halle Berry and Vanessa Williams for decades.
Been there. Done That. And done.
Light-skinned women ought to be grateful to me and a lot of black women like me.
It's 2016. Light-skinned black women have dominated black female roles in movies and television since 1960 at the very least. It's time for this to be over.
By the way --> As much as I want to see the movie Moonlight it irks me, once again, that black men always get darker skinned black men to represent themselves but don't notice when all the women, except the shady politician -- a rich role for Alfre Woodard, I'm sure -- are light-skinned in respectability politics soaked television show Luke Cage.
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