HipHopWired Featured Video

Light Girls, an upcoming documentary that will examine the advantages and disadvantages of lighter-skinned Black people, will air in 2015. The project is a sequel to 2012’s Dark Girls documentary from filmmaker Bill Duke.

Tackling the sensitive theme of colorism within the Black community, Light Girls takes the opposite path of Dark Girls. In the preceding film, women of darker hues shared their stories regarding their complexion and the pressures they faced as a result. How To Get Away With Murder star Viola Davis starred in Dark Girls, which received positive marks for addressing a taboo subject.

Shadow and Act wrote about the film in a recent report:

The documentary explores skin color from historical, sociological, psychological and scientific perspectives, providing a global analysis, addressing contemporary issues like bullying, skin bleaching, and the popular “#teamlightskin versus #teamdarkskin” that was born on social media.

The documentary features interviews with celebrities including Soledad O’Brien, Diahann Carroll, India Arie, Iyanla Vanzant, Michaela Angela Davis, Kym Whitley, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Russell Simmons and more.

Light Girls will debut on the OWN network on Monday, January 19 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

View the trailer below.

Photo: Light Girls