Dark Girls, the documentary co-directed by Bill Duke and D. Channsin Berry, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2011, is scheduled to air on the Oprah Winfrey Network Sunday, June 23, 2013, at 10p.m.EST/9 p.m. CST.
If you have access to OWN, you may be interested in watching or recording this "fascinating and controversial film that goes underneath the surface to explore the prejudices dark-skinned women face throughout the world. It explores the roots of classism, racism and the lack of self-esteem within a segment of cultures." (This description is from the OWN website.) It is rated PG (L).
View the trailer:
Based on the testimonies of the women in the Dark Girls trailer, many, if not all needed and probably still need some special friends, love, and validation to overcome feelings of inferiority. Their hurt originates from constant negative remarks by others regarding something beyond their control, genetic melanin richness.
To keep this post doll-related, I used the above image of Special Friends dolls by Rainbow Classics, circa 1990 because of their complexion. The dolls' tender age group of around 3 to 5 years is another reason they were chosen. Within this age range children have usually become aware of their physical appearance based on the reflection they see in the mirror and statements made by others -- negative or positive. Comments about a child's physical attributes can have a long-lasting psychological effect -- negative and positive.
The dolls are shown in full view and described below.
The Special Friends dolls are vinyl with rooted hair. The taller dolls stand 5-1/2 inches and have brown inset eyes. The smallest is 4-inches tall with painted black eyes. All three have freckles and a beautiful melanin-rich complexion.
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