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#TeamDarkSkin! 'Dark Girls' Documentary Captures Complexion Complexes Among Black Women

Cracking this complexion case is complicated. Should women blame society or point the finger at each other as to why dark women are said to be less beautiful than lighter skinned women? Or can men take a piece of this blame for the way the oogle at the fairer side of the spectrum?

Regardless of who's to blame, the struggle is real.

Duke Media and Urban Winter Media attempt to give a few dark-skinned women a voice to share their struggles with their complexion in Dark Girls, a documentary. From watching the trailer, it's clear that some dark women never outgrow the insecurities of being dark-skinned. I embrace every bit of my chocolate complexion, so it's hard to watch these women tell their stories. However, it's a necessary message.

Often times, we view these music videos and films, that undeniably praise light-skinned women over dark-skinned women, without realizing how it molds and shapes young girls' mindsets on the definition of beauty and even intelligence. As women, we have to begin to set our own standards. However, I digress.

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Gary Owen In Hot Water For 'N-Word' Tweet Referencing Damian Lillard

Gary Owen is in hot water with black Twitter regarding a recent tweet referencing the N-word, NBA star Damian Lillard and his coach, Terry Stotts.

While presumably watching the highly-discussed Portland Trailblazers’ first-round series against the Oklahoma City Thunder, where Damian Lillard made an impressive, game-winning shot.

“If Portland’s coach could say the N word that was the perfect time. This N word just hit that sh*t. WOW,” he wrote in response to the shot. People who follow the actor-comedian or are just passing by are urging him to take down the tweet.

“Yeah this is why i have a problem with us letting these white folks all the way into the culture, because at the end of the day…” one Twitter user wrote under the tweet. Another responded, “Cookout invite retracted there, sir!”

Owen, who has been seen in many  predominantly black-lead films such as Think Like A Man and The Little Man, has not taken the tweet down yet.

yeah this is why i have a problem with us letting these white folks all the way into the culture, because at the end of the day...

— tiago sosa (@royce_rude) April 24, 2019

Been up too long...ain’t no deleting it now. Cookout invite retracted there, sir! pic.twitter.com/8VperfnuPW

— Nicole Campbell (@sssassy1981) April 24, 2019

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Bun B Uses His Second Amendment Right To Shoot Armed Intruder

Quick thinking and the right to bear arms may have saved Bun B and his wife Angela "Queenie" Walls' lives.

The rapper, born Bernard Freeman, shot a suspected robber at his home in Houston, Texas. ABC13 reports the incident happened Tuesday (April 23) afternoon when the suspect rang the doorbell. With Walls under the assumption that it was a delivery, opened to the door. The suspect then held Walls at gunpoint in an effort to demand property, with Walls directing him to the Audi in the family's garage.

Bun B reportedly heard the commotion and grabbed his gun. A shootout occurred as the robber attempted to climb into the car. He later took off on foot, leaving his weapon behind and sought medical assistance at the Houston hospital for a gunshot wound to the shoulder.

The suspect was charged on two counts of aggravated robbery with a weapon and one count of burglary.

It isn't known if there were any other members of the family at the home.

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Merriam-Webster Dictionary To Add Eminem's Version Of "Stan"

Out of 640 words added to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, Eminem's everlasting interpretation of the word "stan" is among the litany of terms. On Tuesday (April 23), the company tweeted the news with a gif of Beyonce's Homecoming documentary that premiered on Netflix (April 17).

Putting Slim Shady's "Stan" video into literary text, Merriam-Webster defines the title as "an extremely or excessively enthusiastic and devoted fan" or "to exhibit fandom to an extreme or excessive degree: to be an extremely devoted and enthusiastic fan of someone or something." In 2017, the Oxford English Dictionary also added "stan" to its pages.

'Stan' has been added as both a noun and a verb. https://t.co/Dal0N79sAU pic.twitter.com/q1kBkKR1rn

— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) April 23, 2019

In a lyric annotation for Genius, Eminem broke down the latter part of the chorus ("And even if I could it'd all be gray/But your picture on my wall/It reminds me that it's not so bad, it's not so bad"), performed by Dido, and shared how those lines set the stage for the rest of the song.

"When I heard 'your picture on my wall,' I was like 'Yo, this could be about somebody who takes me too seriously.' So I knew what I was going to write about before I wrote it," he said. "A lot of times when I'm writing songs, I see visions for everything I'm writing. This was one of those."

Revisit the 2000 video below.

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