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Dear America: Color Me Dark (2000)

Nellie Lee Love moves north with her family to Chicago -- the land of opportunity -- hoping to escape the racism of the rural south. Mamma believes a new start will help Nellie Lee's sister... See full summary »

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Rosie Hamilton
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Nellie Lee Love moves north with her family to Chicago -- the land of opportunity -- hoping to escape the racism of the rural south. Mamma believes a new start will help Nellie Lee's sister Erma Jean, who stopped speaking after a mysterious but horrifying event only she witnessed. Though life in this northern city is exciting, Nellie Lee sees that racism knows no boundaries. When a group of boys threaten Nellie Lee, Erma Jean finds her voice just in time to fend them off. Through the love of their family, both sisters learn that they possess the strength to triumph. Written by Anonymous

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Alison Sealy-Smith and Makyla Smith, who play mother and daughter Olive and Nellie Love, are mother and daughter in real life. See more »

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Don't let the title throw you
3 February 2001 | by (Detroit, MI) – See all my reviews

I enjoyed this short story immensely, and found it very moving! But the title has NOTHING to do with it... There was one scene where the title seemed to be forced into the dialogue - I found this even distracting.

But the film itself? Very good! The story of sisters who love each other and are there for each other as they deal with the racism of their time, and the move from Tennessee to Illinois.

This is a story that's been told before, but in my opinion, it could handle being told again.


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