To challenge colourism, we must draw attention to the lack of people with darker skin shades in high profile or high status positions and the obstacles they face. Its why black women are the least likely to get a response on OKCupid. We forget that as black women our struggles are much more alike than we admit. HashtagLightie, a play I recently performed in, explored this exact issue. You may also like.
I remember going to a camp when I was younger, where I became friends with a girl who happened to be white.
Colourism: Do light-skinned black women have it easier in showbiz?
Interviews and videos featuring black women who use skin-bleaching products make clear that it is insecurities about skin shade that lead them to seek lighter skin, fuelling the multi-billion dollar global skin lightening industry. In an inspired YouTube video that subtly blends general objectification with colourism — our star takes to the streets to ask young black lads what their ideal gal looks like. But, being told by people that I wasn't black or I wasn't black enough took a different toll on me. I still watch her glow and I know that I glow too. I grew up repulsed by the way my skin left visible acne scars all over my face and the way hair showed so easily on my body. Its why skin-lightening is still a very popular practice worldwide.