Light skin vs Dark skin

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By March 12, 2014

ONE DAY while walking with some family members on Philadelphia’s South St., I said, “I love those light skin girls with that long hair. They look beautiful.”

It bounced off my 15-year-old tongue effortlessly, landing in the eardrums of my aunt.

She quickly responded, “Oh you like those light girls. You one of those House Niggas. That’s what your name is. House Nigga.”

My jaw dropped as I tried to win my Black Card back. “I didn’t mean in like that.”

I was young and already walking the streets with a color complex constructing my attraction to girls based on the shade of their skin. My aunt called me “House Nigga” for the next 10 years, constantly helping me relive that moment. I was influenced by the images in my environment, mainly from television screens and magazines.

I thought back to that moment on South Street last week while I was reading the Willie Lynch letter to a group of students in a classroom.  The conversation was intense.

“Have you all seen the stuff on social media where people are posting ‘Team Dark Skin’ and ‘Team Light Skin?’

Nearly all of the students said yes.

“Ok. I got it,” I said. “Y’all know about it. How do y’all feel about it?”

“I don’t like being dark skin,” one of them said. “I know I’m black. I just feel so heavy with blackness. I just don’t like being black. In the summer it’s the worst. I turn into the Grim Reaper.”

His words turned the room into a quiet asylum. There was no refuge from the words he had just shared. After years of teaching I am sad to say his words did not shock me, but the boldness with which he spoke them did. With his face wrinkled in disgust he pointed to his skin, barely wanting to touch his arms while expressing his disdain for his tone. We watched him as his self-esteem was being placed in a coffin of hatred.

Another student said, “I don’t like light skin people because they are stuck up and conceited. They think they better than us. When I was pregnant I said to my stomach don’t let this baby come out light skin. Don’t you know that baby came out light skin? I was mad!! Until the baby got a lil’ chocolate a couple months later.”

The students’ laughter bellowed against the walls. I whispered a muted anger blended with frustration inside.

I then read Lupita Nyong’o’s words: “I tried to negotiate with God. I told him I would stop steeling sugar cubes at night if he gave me what I wanted. I would listen to my mother’s every word and never lose my school sweater again if he just made me a little lighter. But, I guess God was unimpressed with my bargaining chips because I never woke up lighter.”

The classroom fell silent again like an atomic bomb of reality had just mushroomed, destroying all we knew. We sat staring at one another with a new beginning. All of us. It was an unexpected moment of silence. A moment where I could no longer hear the term, “House Nigga.” Just the wheels of learning turning.

We have to teach these young people how to love, how to dream, how to plan, how to archive before it is all lost. We even have to teach them to love themselves.

The discredited value of blackness is deeply engrained in these young people, and as we strive to hold on to the heritage, culture and self-love we have left, it’s imperative we show our children that the value of their person should not be determined by the shade of their skin. That value comes when you discover you personal power and cherish every breath you have….

Source: http://www.solomonjones.com/light-skin-vs-dark-skin/


corbin thumbnailGreg Corbin is a poet and teacher. He pens the Real Talk feature for Solomonjones.com

 

 

Brother, you mad about Black women dating out?

Brother you mad about Black women dating out. Then step your game up homey.

By: Bougie Black Girl

Hey Black man, don’t come into Black women’s spaces and tell us how to tend our garden when you have weeds and trash in yours. As if your opinion is relevant anyway.

You see, we all know that when Black men troll our spaces it really is a smoke screen. What it tells me is that the chickens have come home to roost. You are shaking in your boots because you finally have competition from non-Black men. You are mad because your Black female harem is shrinking. You fear no one is going to worship your powerless and insecure self. You are worried that, that non Black brother next to you is looking pretty fine to the sistas. You are scared because that non Black man wants to make your sista his wife. You are worried that a non Black man may raise your kids and emasculate you because you weren’t man enough to do it your darn self. You are upset because you told the world Black women were nothing but b##&hs, hoes, sluts, baby mommas, hood rats and pieces of ass in your music, shows and movies just so you can have exclusive access to our uteri and resources. And guess what? Now the world sees that for the lie it is.

You see the age of “nothing but a Black man” is over! The spell is broken and your exclusive pass to Black women just got revoked. We aren’t buying your books or supporting your movies to support your colorism and your racist non Black wife. Hey Taye and Terrence! That insanity died a long brutal death when you started to disrespect the image of your Black mother and elevate everyone else in front of her. To your dismay, the world finally sees what you don’t want them to see. What you refuse to acknowledge. That Black women are nothing but amazing, desirable, loyal beautiful and loving.

Black brothers, if you are upset that Black women are dating and marrying out then step your game up homey. Tend to your garden. Address these issues. In the United States:

1. Over 30% of Black men have been in the justice system and most willingly put themselves there.

2. Over 15% of Black men are unemployed.

3. The Black community has a 50% high school dropout rate.

4. The dominance of violence, colorism, and misogynistic music and entertainment.

5. Over 70% of Black fathers do not live with their children.

6. An overwhelming majority of Black people murdered are not murdered by the police, Zimmerman or the federal government. It’s Black men.

Read more: http://bougieblackgirl.com/you-mad-bro-about-black-women-dating-out-then-step-ya-game-up-homey/

*Black Girls Are Ugly*

 

By Micky 

 

Most statements in life fit into either the ‘fact’, ‘fiction’ or ‘opinion’ category.  However, it seems that some black men (and I use that term loosely), are attempting to break the rules of life, and believe if they repeat their opinions long enough, they will start to become factual. What they have achieved, in fact, is a whole new category of ‘delusion’.

 

Black girls are ugly’– fiction. Correction, ‘black girls are ugly’– opinion.  Sorry, ‘black girls are ugly’– delusion.  ‘Black guys who say black girls are ugly should have been the product of masturbation’– FACT.

 

A recurring topic of conflict between black males and females is the black males’ denunciation of the black female race. I’ve seen and heard black males constantly put black females down ‘all black girls are ugly’, ‘I can’t run my fingers through a black girl’s hair’. Can we pause just for a second to question what the pressing need is for you to run your fingers through any girl’s hair?  Okay, I get the romantic gesture of maybe playing with a few strands, wrapping them around your finger while you gaze lovingly into her eyes. But to take your four whole fingers and thumb and push them through the length of her hair, roots to end? Um.

Okay, let me continue. Now, I’m not one of those black girls with a Jackson 5 afro, who believes every word India Arie sings is gospel and who spends 140 characters of every tweet proclaiming that ‘black is beautiful’.  I am actually of mixed heritage and therefore feel I have an unbiased opinion of this issue. After all, if it wasn’t for interracial dating, I wouldn’t exist.  But I totally get why black girls would have issues with interracial dating, and the reason for that is YOU. Let me clarify some things for you though. If Tom wants to date Shaniqua, it is highly unlikely that any black girl would have an issue with this. Why? Because Tom doesn’t cuss Laura, Jess and Beth in order to appreciate Shaniqua. He appreciates Shaniqua for being Shaniqua.  However when Tyrone wants to date Chloe, it’s often because Shaniqua is ‘too loud’ and Shaniqua is ‘too hard to deal with’ and Shaniqua ‘argues too much’. How often do you hear black men say ‘I need to get me a white girl’? Not because he loves the glossy, milky radiance of Caucasian skin and the way her wispy hair blows in the wind, but because the alternative is ‘too hard’ to handle. Are white girls not insulted by this?  Being the easy alternative is not a compliment but some will sit there and giggle and blush when a black male is cussing black females.

A girl is not beautiful because she is black, neither is a girl ugly because she is white. Let your choice be a girl you find attractive who, only HAPPENS to be whatever race she is. Black girls do not ‘hate’ on white girls in interracial relationships because we want the black guy in the relationship. Negro, please. However, black men are the cause of this resentment we feel towards such relationships and therefore should take responsibility for it. I believe everyone is entitled to their own opinion and their own preference. What I don’t condone, however, is an insulting, offensive public declaration of your preference.

One thing that REALLY gets to me is the phrase ‘she’s nice for a dark skinned girl.’ We all know that dark skinned girls bear the majority of the insults. It shouldn’t be like that, but it is. How dare people suggest that being dark skinned is a disadvantage? Like it’s the Paralympics -‘he plays football well for a blind man.’ As if being darker already puts you at a disadvantage and therefore if you’re pretty, you deserve bigger recognition. And who has defined what shades are beautiful? Largely, the media has. What’s interesting is that black females don’t fall for this.  We see the likes of Gabrielle Union and Kelly Rowland we see beauty. Maybe inwardly we’re affected, but it’s very rare that we would publicly express these thoughts should they exist. We have grown something called solidarity. Why put our sisters down when the rest of the world already does? Black men, strengthen your minds. Your opinions are weak because the minds they come from are weak.

 

One of the things I have learned growing up, is that the people I am attracted to, attract me because of their qualities, not because of someone else’s apparent downfalls. What do I mean? By all means, be with Becky, breed Becky, MARRY Becky because to you, Becky is amazing. NOT because, Shaniqua is too loud, and Shaniqua is too much to deal with and because you can’t run your fingers through Shaniqua’s hair. Speaking of hair, you have a problem with weave? My brain cells aren’t able to wrap around the foolishness of this statement. How many of you would approach Meagan Good with an afro? You hate that black girls wear weaves, you love that white girls have ‘natural’ hair? Do you even know how many white girls have hair extensions? Trust me when I say fake hair is not just a ‘black’ thing.  Why must you be negative about one race in order to be positive about another? And while you, black men read this blog, cussing my views, calling me a ‘hater’, your mother, Shaniqua is downstairs cooking your dinner.

By Micky

Source: http://www.hoodvoice.co.uk/hood-blog/dear-black-men/

Twitter: @JamaineJones

Keeping Your Natural Hair Moist

3 Tools that Promote Moisture in Natural Hair

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Moisture doesn’t just come from the products we apply to our hair, it can also come from what we use to manage and care for it. Check out 3 tools that promote moisture in natural hair:

1. Satin Pillow Case/Scarf
You should all be familiar with this by now. At night you should protect your hair from the drying effects of polyester/cotton sheets and pillowcases, especially if you move around a lot like me. The satiny smooth material of the pillowcase/scarf will keep your style in place and keep dryness at bay. Don’t forget to line your hats and headwraps with this material or something similar.

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2. Humidifier
If you live in a very cold/very hot dry climate or experience harsh temperatures, you may want to invest in a humidifier. This puts moisture back into the air. You can use it at night before going to bed. It is also good for your skin and prevents illness by keeping the mucosal lining of your nostrils lubricated to ward off germs.

3. Shower filter
Chlorine and calcium deposits from hard water can wreak havoc on hair (and skin) causing it to become dry, brittle and dull. A filter can keep these deposits from coating the hair. I purchased a filter from Home Depot for $20. Every 6 months, I purchase a replacement cartridge for only $10. It is so worth it! No more dry skin or hair in the winter!

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Ladies, do you use any of these tools? How have they impacted your hair’s moisture level?

Source: http://blackgirllonghair.com/2013/02/3-tools-that-promote-moisture-in-natural-hair/

Tips to Maintain Hair While Working Out

Who Said Black Women Can’t Workout Because of Our Hair???

 Hello Beautiful Ones,
 There is an ugly stereotype that exist about black women and exercise: Black women rather save their hairdos than workout. We are working to dispel this stereotype and make our health a priority. So many women are involved in activities that contribute to healthier lifestyles such as running, swimming, walking, and many more activities.

I believe the number one question that women ask me is, “How do you workout on a healthy hair regimen”? Well, let me tell you it is possible. It just requires planning and discipline.  Here are a few tips I would like to share with you that you will find useful:

Straight Hair (Straight-Stylers)

  • Cleanse hair often. Reserve full shampoo and/or conditioning sessions for times when hair has been severely sweated out or soiled to avoid daily manipulation and too much heated styling.
  • To preserve hair straightness, pin the hair up high on the head in a loose ponytail and tuck ends away or try loose pin curls before working out. This will prevent your hair from touching the sweat that has accumulated on your neck and shoulders.
  • I recommend an occasional use of a light serum or an anti-humectant product on the hair to prevent premature reversion (too much use of a serum can lead to dryness and breakage; use sparingly).
  • You can wear a sports band or satin scarf & cotton bandanna (place cotton bandanna around satin scarf to effectively absorb the sweat) around your hairline to soak up the sweat during your workouts. This will reduce the hairs around your hairline from reverting. Remove sweaty cotton scarf and leave on satin scarf until hair dries.
  • Do not loosen ponytail or pin curls until your hair is completely dry to keep your hair stretched out.
  • To combat frizzy/curly edges, do not retouch it with a flat iron or hot comb (daily heat styling can lead to breakage). Instead use a light pomade (gel can wet the hair causing reversion).
    • Apply pomade to edges with your hands. Smooth pomade with hands or use a brush gently to slick your edges back.
    • Wrap with a satin scarf around your hairline. Leave the scarf on until you are ready to leave your house; the longer the better.
    • Remove scarf. Now you are left with smooth edges.
  • Try “wet bunning” hair, if you do not sweat too much in your head. This is done by cleansing, applying a leave-in conditioner, then pulling hair into a ponytail and bunning. This style will keep your hair looking cute and stylish so you will not have to worry about ruining your style or too-much manipulation. It will also keep sweat from the ends of hair, because it is tucked away. Apply pomade to edges, wrap with a scarf, remove scarf, and you’re done. Once you feel the need to wash, you can quickly and easily do so.
  • Try a dry braid-out to avoid using heat
    • After workout, dampen hair with water in a spray bottle.
    • Section hair into four parts.
    • Use a leave-in conditioner, moisturizer, or hair butter lightly.
    • Divide each of the four sections into two equal parts. Braid hair into 8 plaits, place perm rod on the ends of hair. Cover with satin scarf.
    • In the morning un-braid hair and fluff with fingers
  • Try a roller set to avoid using heat
    • Use a leave-in conditioner after workout and set hair to rollers to offset the volume at your roots.
  • Workout around your healthy-hair regimen. Do your more intense, sweat-inducing cardio days before wash day. For example, if you normally do your wash and straighten routine on Sundays then, Monday-Thursday you can do your strength training and low impact workouts that will not leave your hair soaked. Then Friday-Sunday you can do your hardcore cardio that will sweat your hair out as it begins to revert to kinky…. just in time for your wash day.

Twists, Braids, Extensions, Weaves, & Wigs (Protective Stylers)

  • Cleanse hair frequently. Keeping your hair clean and moisturized is a must. Try to shampoo and condition your hair weekly or bi-weekly. Hair can become extremely dry with extensions, which can lead to dandruff and breakage.
  • It is a good idea to dilute your shampoo and conditioner with water to decrease product build up.
  • Place shampoo and conditioner in a applicator bottle for easier placement between the tracks or along cornrows lines and along the length of the braid extensions. Be gentle when shampooing your braids or weaved styles. For weaves, keep hair in a downward position to prevent tangling and frizzing. For big, curly weave I would twist my hair before I workout to prevent tangles. Always, gently pat dry with microfiber towel.
  • If you frequently wash your extensions, fully dry your hair under wigs, weaves and braids once you have washed it. Damp hair in a warm environment can brew bacteria & mildew and can cause unpleasant odors.
  • Add a small amount tea tree oil to conditioner to relieve a dry & itchy scalp.
  • After workouts, once the hair is dry. Moisturize with moisturizing sprays throughout the hair. This will combat dryness and keep your hair strong.
  • Use a leave-in conditioner on weaves to keep hair soft and shiny.
  • If you experience a dry, flaky, and/or itchy scalp, use an astringent, such as Sea Breeze, a cotton swap or cotton ball to gently remove dulling excess oils and dry scalp cuticles. Use the astringent in between braids after workouts to remove accumulated sweat and dirt. This will get rid of sweat and the bacteria that produces odors. Follow with a light-weight moisturizer or spray so scalp won’t feel tight or dry.
  •  Always wear a satin scarf or satin bonnet at night to protect the hair.
  • For weaves & wigs, use a a wide-tooth comb to detangle hair. Start from ends to roots to avoid pulling hair from track.
  • When wearing lengthy weaves, try wearing in a loose ponytail to limit the amount of sweat that accumulates on the ends of the hair.
  • Toward the end of the week, several days before wash days, I would wet my extensions, lightly put in a leave-in conditioner and braid the hair, to reduce straightening my hair to blend and spending hours straightening the weave.
    • Braid or twist hair prior to workouts to decrease the time it takes you to prepare for bed or prepare for work.
  • I like Organic Root Stimulator Weave Rx Oil-Free Hair Freshener to eliminate odors and it freshens up my weaves and wigs.

 Curly, Wavy, Kinky-Curly Stylers
  • Cleanse, condition, and moisturize hair frequently. Co-washing in between full washing sessions are a great option for you to gently remove sweat and dirt without stripping the hair by using harsh surfactants that are found in most shampoos. There are also a lot of sulfate-free shampoos that can be use weekly to cleanse hair. Gentle, clarifying shampoos are great to use once per month  or as needed to remove product buildup, sweat, dirt, and debris.
  • If you experience a dry, flaky, or itchy scalp, use an astringent, such as Sea Breeze, a cotton swap or cotton ball to gently remove dulling excess oils and dry scalp cuticle. Use the astringent in between braids or twists after workouts to remove accumulated sweat and dirt. This get rid of sweat and the bacteria that produces odors. Follow with a light-weight moisturizer or spray so scalp won’t feel tight or dry.
  • Add a small amount tea tree oil to conditioner to relieve a dry & itchy scalp
  • Pineapple your hair. Pull your hair into a high “pineapple” ponytail with a scrunchy. It will get your hair out of the way and prevent body sweat from getting to it. Also, the scrunchy will allow your hair to effortlessly fall back down when released without leaving a dent.
  • You can wear a sports band or satin scarf (place cotton bandanna around satin scarf to effectively absorb the sweat) around your hairline to soak up the sweat during your workouts. This will keep edges pretty smooth. Remove sweaty cotton scarf and leave on satin scarf until hair drys.
  • Do your hair at the gym. If you are in the habit of styling your hair at night before bed and working out in the evening, then style your hair at the gym. If you’re worried about your hair frizzing up at the gym while you work out, then twist/braid it up right before exercising then pull the twist and braids into a ponytail and go.  Once your home and showered, you can go straight to bed rather than trying to style your hair for the next day.
  • Pick care-free styles. Braids, cornrows, flat-twist, two-strand twists, buns, and updos are easy styling options
  • Trying “banding” at night (placing elastic bands along the twist or braid) to keep hair stretched.
  • Workout around your healthy-hair regimen. Do your more intense, sweat-inducing cardio days before wash day especially if you like to keep your hair stretched.
You can read all the tips and intertwine them to build your own workout healthy hair regimen. Do what will work best for your lifestyle and your hair. Keep It Simple, Sexy!Rule of thumb: Luv Your Hair. Luv Your Body. Luv Yourself

I hope this information helps!

Good Luck on Your Hair & Fitness Journey!

Luv,

Hair Kitty Kitty

Source: http://luvhairkittykitty.blogspot.com/search/label/exercise

Rap Music & The Degradation of Women

War on MAN through the degradation of WOMAN!

How is man to recognize his full self, his full power through the eye’s of an incomplete woman? The woman who has been stripped of Goddess recognition and diminished to a big ass and full breast for physical comfort only. The woman who has been silenced so she may forget her spiritual essence because her words stir too much thought outside of the pleasure space. The woman who has been diminished to covering all that rots inside of her with weaves and red bottom shoes.

I am sure the men, who restructured our societies from cultures that honored woman, had no idea of the outcome. They had no idea that eventually, even men would render themselves empty and longing for meaning, depth and connection. There is a deep sadness when I witness a man that can’t recognize the emptiness he feels when he objectifies himself as a bank and truly believes he can buy love with things and status. It is painful to witness the betrayal when a woman takes him up on that offer. He doesn’t recognize that the create of a half woman has contributed to his repressed anger and frustration of feeling he is not enough. He then may love no woman or keep many half women as his prize. He doesn’t recognize that it’s his submersion in the imbalanced warrior culture, where violence is the means of getting respect and power, as the reason he can break the face of the woman who bore him four children.

When woman is lost, so is man. The truth is, woman is the window to a man’s heart and a man’s heart is the gateway to his soul.

Power and control will NEVER out weigh love.

May we all find our way.

– Jada Pinkett Smith

Source: http://thinkingbeautiful.wordpress.com/2013/01/10/war-on-man-through-the-degradation-of-woman/

The Blacker the Berry, the Sweeter the Juice?

 

Denigration of the Dark-Skinned Black Woman in Postmodern American Society

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We are in the 21st century. It was hoped that racial and ethnic division would have stopped or become next to nonexistent at this time. It was expected by many sociologists and social scientists that by the 21st century, society hopefully would be so diversified that race, skin color, and ethnicity would be inconsequential to say the least.

Even though this is the 21st century, racial, skin color, and ethnic prejudice have not disappeared. Incidences of racial, skin color, and ethnic prejudices have erupted from time to time. During the latter part of the 20th century, there has been a rise in nationalist and racist groups such as the Aryan Nation, neo-Nazi, and other racial supremacist groups who extol the so-called virtues of white supremacy. In some areas in postmodern America, racial and ethnic tensions are on the increase.

In all aspects of the media, even though there is the appearance of racial and ethnic diversity, people who appear more Eurocentric are more likely to be hired than their more racial/ethnic appearing counterparts. Homogenity and Eurocentricism are the names of the game i.e. the less racial/ethnic a person appears, the less threatening to the powers that be he/she is.

The paradigm that lighter is better is still a subconscious undercurrent in postmodern American society. In other words, one can be acceptably dark but not too dark. In the fashion industry, there are very few Black models as they are not palatable to the eyes of the fashion public. Furthermore, there are even fewer dark-skinned Black models because they do not fit the classy, high-class image of the fashion buying public. If Black models are hired, they are usually light-skinned as to have mass appeal. Dark-skinned Black models are deemed less commercial than light-skinned Black models who are considered to have a high crossover appeal.

In the world of music and rap videos, light-skinned Black women are preferred over their dark-skinned counterparts. Many rappers maintained that light-skinned Black women have a multicultural and immense crossover appeal that dark-skinned Black women did not have. Furthermore, these rappers contend that light-skinned Black women are viewed as more exotic and desirable to their public. Rappers such as Young Berg and L’il Wayne maintained that light-skinned Black women are prettier and more desirable than dark-skinned Black women. Sean Diddy, record mogul, placed a liquor advertisment, stating that only light-skinned Black women need apply. Mr. Diddy steadfastly stated that he did not want any dark-skinned Black women responding to his advertisement.

It is well known in the movie and television industry, dark-skinned Black women are seldom hired in acting roles. If they are hired, it is usually in more negative stereotypical racial roles. Tom Burrell, advertising executive and author of BRAINWASHED: CHALLENGING THE MYTH OF BLACK INFERIORITY, maintained that dark-skinned Blacks are often cast in the roles of misfits while more positive roles would go light-skinned Blacks. Mr. Burrell cited the negative depiction of dark-skinned Black females in the movie PRECIOUS. He stated that dark-skinned females were depicted as lower class miscreants while their light skinned counterparts were cast in the role as saviours and professionals. Dark-skinned Black females are not viewed by the Hollywood powers that be as glamorous and desirable. Such positive roles are given to their lighter-skinned counterparts.

Even in the general culture, especially in certain aspects of the Black American culture, dark-skinned Black women are not viewed as attractive. They are often viewed as “ugly.” Their skin-color and features are seen as abhorrent in this postmodern culture. In some families, many dark-skinned Black daughters, nieces, and relatives are told that they are not attractive enough and that they better be smart as there will be little or no suitors for them.

Some dark-skinned Black women recall their mothers putting bleach on their skin with the notion of making their skin lighter and more acceptable to societal standards. Many dark-skinned Black women often possess an inferiority complex, believing that they will never be attractive or good enough in this society. Some dark-skinned Black women feel that they are desexualized non-entities. Oprah Winfrey on her show recall that she did not believe that she was attractive and beautiful as a child and teenager because of her complexion. Dr. Maya Angelou concurred stating that because she did not believe herself to be attractive, she had better be smart.

In the book,THE DITCHDIGGER’S DAUGHTER by Yvonne S. Thornton, M.D., her father exhorted her and her siblings to be smart because no man is going to come along and take care of them because they are not light-skinned. Many dark-skinned Black women were rigorously inundated by their families to be smart and to take care of themselves. Still other dark-skinned Black women are told that they cannot afford to be choosy regarding finding partners. They are often brought up to believe that they are “extremely lucky” if men choose them.

There are some families who praise and exhort the special and unique beauty of their dark-skinned Black daughters and relatives. These families are usually Afrocentric families who are intensely proud of their African culture. These families are often very few and far in between. Many Black American families, especially those who are upwardly mobile, want their daughters to conform to the Eurocentric standard of beauty.

The Eurocentric standard of beauty often have extreme deleterious effects on darker-skinned women whether they are of Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Latino, Asian, and African descent. However, the Eurocentric standard of beauty has the most adverse affect on dark-skinned women of African descent. Many dark-skinned Black women feels negative repercussions from their family, peers, and society regarding their complexion. They are often seen as more threatening, less feminine, and less affluent than their light skinned counterparts.

Dark-skinned Black women have been portrayed as hard, cruel, and masculine while their light skinned counterparts were portrayed as soft and feminine. Seldom is the beauty of dark-skinned Black women appreciated. Her features are often characteristized as “tough” and “ethnic”. Dark-skinned Black women are viewed to have an “attitude” and other negative, pejorative terms.

In many sociological studies, dark-skinned Blacks are viewed as unsuccessful, uneducated, and lower class while light-skinned Blacks are viewed as affluent, educated, and successful. Even in this postmodern corporate culture, a light-skinned Black woman with a Bachelor’s Degree is hired over a dark-skinned Black woman with a Master’s or Doctorate Degree. Light-skinned Blacks are viewed as more assimilable than their dark-skinned counterparts who would stand out. You see, dark-skinned Blacks are often viewed as more threatening for whatever reason by the non-Black corporate structure. The non-Black corporate structure prefer to hire people who physically approximate their physiognomical racial type. Many extremely qualified dark-skinned Blacks of both genders are often either unemployed or underemployed.

In summation, dark-skinned Black women are often denigrated because they are at the extreme end of the Eurocentric type. Racism is alive, mostly covertly, in postmodern American society. The dark-skinned Black woman is often unassimilable- she stands out physically.

Because of the dark-skinned Black woman racial physiognomy, she is not viewed as beautiful as her light-skinned counterpart who is more racially acceptable in this society. Based upon postmodern American societal standard of Eurocentric beauty, the dark-skinned Black woman is often not viewed as beautiful and attractive. She is often viewed as being tough and masculine.

 

Many dark-skinned women, including celebrities, recall that they were raised to believe that they were not beautiful and to be smart as their prospect of finding a partner is very slim to nonexistent. Even though in some Black females, the dark-skinned Black relatives are nurtured and told that they are indeed beautiful, there are other Black females who either knowingly or unknowingly convey negative messages regarding being dark-skinned to their female relatives, leaving an indelible mark on them. Black women must learn to embrace all aspect of their skin tones as one is just as beautiful as another.

 

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Source: http://gmwilliams.hubpages.com/hub/Denigration-of-the-Dark-Skinned-Black-Woman-in-Postmodern-American-Society

“Who Taught You to Hate Yourself?” – Malcolm X

Boy Meets World’s Angela (Trina McGee) Goes Under Dramatic Bleached Makeover (PHOTOS)

By Kadia Blagrove

Trina McGee as "Boy Meets World's" Angela
(Photo : Boy Meets World) Trina McGee as “Boy Meets World” character Angela
Trina McGee
(Photo : Twitter: @trinacolettemcg) Trina McGee circa 2012

Now that “Boy Meets World” is coming back with a spin-off, some of our favorite BMW characters are beginning to resurface. Remember Angela, played by Trina McGee? She was Shawn Hunter’s (played by Rider Strong) high school and college girlfriend. Well the once afro-centric 90s star is barely recognizable today.

McGee traded in her curly braids and locks for bleach blonde tresses. According to some critics, like Media Takeout, the star also seems to have undergone skin bleaching.

In “Boy Meets World,” McGee played Angela, the eclectic and bohemian girlfriend of Cory Matthew’s best friend Shawn Hunter. She entered the show as the series’ first main character of color. Angela and Shawn were the first and only interracial couple in the series – a groundbreaking storyline for television at the time.

So did the now-fairer McGee really lighten her once beautiful brown skin? According to the 43-year-old actress, she’s au natural – well except for her new blonde hairdo of course.

“No work done, just taking good care of ME,” McGee tweeted to her speculating fans. The actress has been divorced for 11 years after being married for ten. Perhaps this new look signifies a new chapter in her life.

On her Facebook page, McGee posted some nostalgic photos of her Angela days.

“I looked so different back then,” she captioned an old photo. Her fans agreed with her and condemned her for changing her look.

One fan asked, “Why did you do this to yourself?”  Another fan told McGee, “This is sad…Lay off the bleaching cream sis.”

Another fact about McGee is that she is now a vegetarian – that seems pretty “Angela-like.”

“i feel so much better when i dont eat meat,” the actress tweeted.

The actress recently reunited with her on-screen boyfriend Rider Strong, who is now a director.

“Lunch with the STRONG one was great. Best BMW reunion to date for me. Still looks good only better,” McGee gushed. Wouldn’t it be amazing if these two became a real deal couple? Shawn and Angela did almost give Cory and Topanga a run for their money as the series’ most loved couple.

So far, only Ben Savage (Cory) and Danielle Fishel (Topanga) are confirmed to join the spin-off series “Girl Meets World;” hopefully McGee and Strong along with the other loveable cast members will also make an appearance on the show.

What do you think of McGee’s new look?

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Twitter: @trinacolettemcg

 

Source: http://www.fashionnstyle.com/articles/4156/20121128/boy-meets-worlds-angela-trina-mcgee-goes-bleach-blonde-photos-2012.htm#J7vDdy8ELmuYzBVv.99

It’s sad when these beautiful women and brainwashed Black men don’t know the value of black beauty anymore. White doesn’t necessarily make u attractive but your features do, she was so much prettier before. Some ladies just don’t know the value of their beautiful God giving chocolate skin. My black queens need to learn how to love themselves. No matter what the media portrays and no matter how many men that claim to prefer light skin. If you are reading this as a person going through identity crisis just remember all shades are beautiful. You are beautiful regardless of what others say.

Contrary to Popular Belief, Black Women ARE Beautiful

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Psychology Today Asks (Then Un-Asks) ‘Why Are Black Women Less Physically Attractive Than Other Women?’

by Tommy Christopher | 7:47 pm, May 16th, 2011

A column on the Psychology Today website earlier today caused a justified wave of Freud rage™ by asking “Why Are Black Women Less Physically Attractive Than Other Women?”

The post, which featured “research” of uncertain methodology by evolutionary psychologist (“How did that make protozoa feel?”) Satoshi Kanazawa, drew immediate condemnation, and the magazine has since deleted the article. A reprint of the article is still up at Something Awful.

Kanazawa is no stranger to controversy, having previously recommended an Ann Coulter presidency to wipe out the Middle East with nuclear weapons (really), but his latest work really takes the (presumably not chocolate) cake. Kanazawa extrapolates from a data set created by the unrelated Add Health project, which tracked survey responses from adolescence to adulthood on a wide variety of subjects. From these survey responses, Kanazawa concludes that “black women are objectively less physically attractive than other women.”

This is based on the ridiculously flawed assumption that the opinion of an outsider is necessarily “objective,” while one’s own opinion is “subjective.”

Flawed nomenclature aside, Kanazawa doesn’t try to figure out why other races say that black women are less attractive, but rather, to find out why black women are less attractive:

The only thing I can think of that might potentially explain the lower average level of physical attractiveness among black women is testosterone. Africans on average have higher levels of testosterone than other races, and testosterone, being an androgen (male hormone), affects the physical attractiveness of men and women differently. Men with higher levels of testosterone have more masculine features and are therefore more physically attractive. In contrast, women with higher levels of testosterone also have more masculine features and are therefore less physically attractive.

Yes, that must be it. It’s not the fact that Caucasians have controlled cultural norms of beauty in America since…always (for more on this, check out the provocative, and thought-provoking, Chris Rock documentary Good Hair). No, it’s definitely the testosterone.

Adding insult to injury, he also notes that these testosterone-jacked uggos are stuck up, to boot:

It is very interesting to note that, even though black women are objectively less physically attractive than other women, black women (and men) subjectively consider themselves to be far more physically attractive than others. In Wave III, Add Health asks its respondents to rate their own physical attractiveness subjectively on the following four-point scale: 1 = not at all, 2 = slightly, 3 = moderately, 4 = very. As you can see in the following graphs, both black women and black men rate themselves to be far more physically attractive than individuals of other races.

This result is remarkable, especially given the internal cultural perception of black men choosing white women once they have achieved material success. Given the devastating effects of body-image issues on our young women, you would think people would be trying to bottle this kind of self-esteem and spread it, not crush it with junk science.

Personally, I concur with my learned colleague, Dr. Mix-a-lot, and more broadly, with the notion that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. When the majority of those eyes are accustomed to one set of norms, it is unreasonable to assume that their conclusions can be called “objective.” In making that assumption, Kanazawa has made a (thick and juicy) ass of himself.

Psychology Today confirmed to The Root that they had, indeed, deliberately deleted the post (and that the intense traffic generated by it had briefly crashed the site), but they have not responded to our requests for further comment. They would probably ask us to look at this blot on their record and tell them what we see.

Source: http://www.mediaite.com/online/psychology-today-asks-then-un-asks-why-are-black-women-less-physically-attractive-than-other-women/

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