‘Light Girls’ Documentary on OWN to Air on MLK Day


Samantha Callender | January 16, 2015 - 8:57 am

Light Girls, the follow-up documentary to Dark Girls documentary, is set to air this Monday (Jan 19) on OWN and is garnering quite a bit of attention.

The 2011 Dark Girls documentary highlighted the issues with colorism within the African American community. It featured interviews from prominent black actresses, including Viola Davis, and they discussed their experiences with prejudices and discrimination based on their darker skin.

The Light Girls Documentary is an opportunity for fairer skin African Americans to tell their experiences with colorism and includes interviews from other light skin women, including legendary actress Diahann Carroll.

Many of the women talk about being considered “not black enough” for roles they audition for. In one trailer, Erica Hubbard shared a personal example where she was self-conscious of her complexion.

“I remember going in for this one production. It was Akeelah and the Bee. I wanted to play the daughter to Angela Bassett and the sister to Keke Palmer. So, I was looking at their complexion because all this time, people — my agents, my managers, people in the industry [said] ‘Oh, you’re light-skinned’. That’s just in your head when you’re auditioning. It shouldn’t be.”

Recently, a clip from the documentary shows Raven Symone revealing one of the struggles of being a lighter actress in Hollywood, as she says she had to tan regularly for her role on ‘That’s So Raven’.

Watch the clip below, and tune into Light Girls on Monday, January 19, at 9 p.m. ET on OWN.

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