Jay Smooth is a renowned cultural commentator whose nuanced perspectives on race are always appreciated. He’s also a light-skinned Black guy. This caused supreme awkwardness when Nancy Giles from CBS Sunday Morning, a Black woman, mistook him for a white guy, on national television.
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.
A University of Michigan fraternity is in hot water after sponsoring a WorldstarHipHop–themed party. Now, a fraternity member turned the blame towards blacks for overreacting to the party’s racially insensitive invite and expressed disappointment that the students are making it about race.
In a recent interview with BET, J. Cole questioned whether he could have attained the same success if he was dark skinned. Before you berate the MC with slander, know that this hypothetical scenario came in the context of a conversation about Trayvon Martin, race in America, and colorism in the Black community.