“Dark Girls” openly reveals the deep rooted biases and hatreds of racism both inside and outside of the Black American culture.
Black women with dark skin come forward from all walks of life to open up about the hurdles and struggles their complexion have presented in corporate America.
“These ladies broke it down to the degree that dark-skinned ‘sistas’ with ‘good’ hair vs. dark-skinned women with ‘kinky’ hair were given edges when it came time for coveted promotions,” said Duke.
Other interviews in the documentary include talks with white men who are in loving relationships with Black women. There thoughts are their dark-skinned lovers were “passed over by ‘their own men.’”
“In the late `60s a famous psychological study was done in which a young Black girl was presented with a set of dolls. Every time the she was asked to point to the one that wasn’t pretty, not smart, etc., she pointed to the Black doll that looked just like her. In her mind, she was already indoctrinated. To watch her do that was heartbreaking and infuriating. CNN did the test again recently – decades later – with little progress. As the filmmakers behind ‘Dark Girls,’ our goal is to take that little girl’s finger off that doll,” shared Duke, about his vision for the film.
D. Channsin Berry, the film’s co-producer was elated to share this story because she’s a dark-skinned woman.
“When Bill called me with the idea of a documentary about dark-skinned women, I was in right away. Being a dark-skinned Black man, like Bill, I have gone through similar traumas. Bill and I shared our similar experiences and immediately understood that we knew the best way to approach this,” she explained.
Duke has already announced two more documentaries to follow-up “Dark Girls.”
The first one, “Yellow Brick Road,” will look at the “colorism” issue from the perspective of light-skinned black women.
The other documentary “What Is A Man?” will explore masculinity and manhood as it has transformed from the beginning of time to present day.