The deeper business of being beautiful inside.

Blue and I saw 12 Years a Slave as soon as it was released in Atlanta. The film was stunning. We dined afterward and talked for hours about the the movie and the myriad topics it inspired: slavery, racism, privilege, wealth, the power of story, literacy, critical literacy and public schooling. We discussed the stories that get told or lost. We noted, with a healthy dose of cynicism, who “history” deems worthy of remembrance. ...more

Colorism is Not a One Way Street

Over the years, I have often heard accounts of discrimination against dark-skinned women from various sources. Darker victims of colorism frequently express their pain and frustration at backhanded compliments such as, “you're pretty for a dark-skinned girl”. They discuss their feelings of being invisible and overlooked when a woman of a lighter hue walks into the room. They want, like any other woman, to have their unique beauty appreciated....more
Here is a relevant extract from my book -- - "Interesting also was what happened in many cases ...more

Is There More to Maureen Peal?

I have always loved Toni Morrison's classic novel The Bluest Eye.  It provides a brilliant glimpse into the world of Black American womanhood in the early 1940s, showing how race and class intersect.  My only regret is that this great work has never come to life on the big screen, unlike Alice Walker's The Color Purple.  Like many people familiar with The Bluest Eye, I empathize with its protagonist, young Pecola Breedlove.  Her story is ultimately one of tragedy and the...more
Morrison has said on several occasions that she feels she did not do Maureen Peal justice. She ...more

Fantasia Barrino's Suicide Attempt Sheds Light on Classism and Colorism in the Black Community

Many people were surprised in August when it was announced that former American Idol winner and Broadway actress Fantasia Barrino was hospitalized after a suicide attempt. What was more surprising is how quickly she returned to the spotlight. She appeared on the talk show circuit, openly discussing the recent tribulations that caused her to take a handful of aspirin so she, in her words, could "sleep forever:" ...more

thank You bringing the historical perspective to the skin color issue. I think too many people ...more

Want to Lighten Your Skin in Your Facebook Profile? Multinational Corporations and the Cultivation of Colorism

The application, launched by Vaseline and aimed at men in India, smoothes out blotches and lightens the overall skin color of your profile photo, allowing men to present a more “radiant” face to their friends. ...more

I can't even wrap my head around the concept. I can't. I won't.

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FDA Will Investigate Mercury in Skin Bleaching Creams Found in Chicago

What harm is there in using a skin bleaching cream to lighten your skin or banish age spots? If the skin lightening cream you use contains mercury, then the harm to the human body can be devastating. The FDA announced Friday that it will investigate incidents of creams containing mercury found on Chicago store shelves. ...more
@Nordette Adams Counterfeits of Stillman's cream have mercury in them. Now Stillman's team is ...more

Part of the Problem

This week I was having a conversation with one of my new friends, which went something like this: ...more

Mixed on Michael Jackson's Children Redux

Each day the media cloud over Michael Jackson's death mushrooms broader and wider with rumor, speculation, and tidbits of fact. Yesterday morning the big story was that Katherine Jackson, Michael Jackson's mother, has been awarded guardianship of all three of his children, Michael Joseph Jackson, Jr. aka Prince; Paris Michael Katherine; and Prince Michael Jackson II aka "Blanket." ...more

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