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Dark Girls

Dark Girls is a 2012 documentary film by American filmmakers Bill Duke and D. Channsin Berry. It documents colorism based on skin tone among African Americans, a subject still considered taboo by many black Americans. The film contains interviews with notable African Americans including Viola Davis. It also reports on a new version of the 1940s black doll experiment by Kenneth and Mamie Clark, which proved that black children had internalized racism by having children select a white or a black doll (they typically chose white) based on questions asked. In the updated version, black children favored light-skinned dolls over dark-skinned dolls.

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This is a preview to a great documentary that was recently aired on the OWN network. It talks about colorism within the African American community as well as countries such as Korea, the Dominican Republic, and India. Great documentary about something so real that I also happen to face since I am a Brown/Dark skin girl.Hopefully you'll become interested in seeing the whole documentary. Thank You!

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