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Dark Girls (2011)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 17 November 2011 (USA)
Documentary exploring the deep-seated biases and attitudes about skin color---particularly dark skinned women, outside of and within the Black American culture.

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Credited cast:
Stephanie A. ...
Ronald Boutelle ...
Himself (as Dr. Ronald Boutelle)
Benton Cooke ...
Himself (as Dr. Benton Cooke)
Timothy Foley ...
Himself - Psychotherapist
Corinne Gilliard ...
Marcia Glenn ...
Herself - Dermatologist (as Dr. Marcia Glenn)
Cheryl Grills ...
Herself (as Dr. Cheryl Grills)
Lynne Herod-Deverges ...
Bill Johnson ...
Douglas Kearney ...


Documentary exploring the deep-seated biases and attitudes about skin color---particularly dark skinned women, outside of and within the Black American culture.

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Everyone is Beautiful :)
28 October 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Dark Girls documentary that premiered on OWN was quite the loaded conversation. The film looked to explore the biases and attitudes towards darker skinned women, asking people within the Black community and out of it, their feelings on women with a darker skin tone.

I know this may be an issue most people do not like to discuss. On the other hand, I believe it should be discussed. Many men and women believe that being black is not being seen as beautiful. I believe that is bullsh*t! All people are beautiful and should be seen in a positive light. To all the individuals who say, "I do not like black men or women", and then add the stereotypes onto it. I think you should really get a good history lesson, and think about what you are saying.

The only reason dark skinned men and women are seen negatively, is because when European people enslaved Africans and brainwashed them into thinking they are nothing. They brainwashed them into believing they are not beautiful, they should not be viewed as beautiful, and the lighter your complexion the "better" you are. That mind set has been passed down generation after generation, and I am glad this documentary came out. I personally enjoy all the colors, shapes, sizes, and tones of the rainbow. I do not dare limit myself to the beautiful world around me.

That being said, this is a very good documentary for ALL people. This documentary is smart, informative, sad yet uplifting at times, and makes you want to appreciate all people. This is not just a documentary for dark girls. However, men, women, and children of all races. The most compelling scenes are of women discussing their own childhoods, full of subtle (and not) indications that darker-skinned people are less attractive, and lovable than fairer-skinned ones. Duke and Berry could have made a whole film using more, and more in-depth, interviews like these. Some of the women here might be surprised how many of the men actually prefer darker women, but men on both ends of the spectrum have interesting things to say.

I really wish we make progress as a society, and change a majority of what we consider to be beautiful.

So these are my final Bitchin' Buddha thoughts on the documentary Dark Girls. I believe it is the type of documentary that can literally change the world if more people know about it, consider viewing it, and overall learn from it. I believe documentaries like this should be viewed in school, with parents or guardians, and viewed by as many people as possible. I believe Dark Girls earns a…

10 out of 10!

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