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    Posted: Jan 10 2014 at 11:06am

Oprah and Iyanla Vanzant Tackle the Light Skin/Dark Skin Issue

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The idea that light skin is “better” than dark skin is something that has pervaded the psyche of certain cultures for a long time and for people of color, this color complex plays out in numerous ways everyday.  From backhanded compliments like “you’re pretty for a dark girl” to preferential treatment to lighter skinned siblings to cliques in school that seem to form along skintone lines.  All of these situations point to internalized racism that we call colorism.

Oprah and Iyanla Vanzant will be tackling the topic of colorism on tonight’s episode of Lifeclass. A live audience composed of women of various hues surrounds the media mogul and the lover of beloveds in this new episode. The clip shows tearful moments, hugs and a round of triumphant applause as the women delve into the often painful light skin/dark skin conversations.

Dissecting an issue as complicated and layered as colorism can be a daunting task, especially when people are so emotionally invested in the topic. I have personally witnessed a conversation about how to classify Kerry Washington’s complexion, delve into complete insanity, hurt feelings and damn near blows.  Surely, the people in that argument did not care deeply about Washington’s skin tone, but they felt a personal connection to the basic issue of how one’s skin tone is viewed and the personal and professional impacts of that perception.

We’ve seen colorism discussed head-on in various forms, like the Bill Duke-directed documentary Dark Girls and in that now famous Ji boo vs Wannabes scene in School Daze. But are these public conversations ever constructive? Do they ever help to elevate consciousness or do they only serve to momentarily rile up extreme emotions and boost ratings?

Has a conversation or film/television ever significantly changed your views on colorsim? Do tell.



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why is Oprah even talking about this now?
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Will be watching
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It's great topic of discussion. A timeless issue that is not going anywhere.
 
I miss my Verizon FIOS soo much at times like this. I don't think my illegal cable through Time Warner has OWN.



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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (9) Thanks(9)   Quote yaya24 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan 10 2014 at 11:49am
Yay, my mom is going to record it for me.

I grew up in a household with a light skinned mother and all light skinned siblings.
I was the chocolate kid. My dad's little carbon copy Heart.
My mom made me feel very special.

When I hear/ read/ watch about colurism issues, I know its real. Thankfully I never really dealt with it personally.

Once I got to middle school, a bunch of that the AA/black boys wanted the lighter skinned girls.
Thankfully I was interested in my studies.. and my neighborhood childhood crush... he was Asian Stern SmileLOL
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Thanks!  I will be tuning in too.
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wont be watching. Im trying to make it to church to see TD Jakes speak! 
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Wayment....dont they both date/married lightskinnededed men?
 
 
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I think I'll watch this.

I'm sure there will be nothing constructive in it, but it might be interesting.
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Lord forgive me. When I saw that dark skinned girl say she didn't see the other dark skinned girl's beauty I literally said, and I quote:

"----- shut the ---- up. I'm tired of these weak minded ass individuals."

And I am. Black people need to learn to love themselves or get used to being second class citizens, striving for first class treatment. 
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