*This Sunday (June 23), Oprah Winfrey’s OWN presents a one-two punch on the topic of African American women.
It all begins at 9 p.m. with an episode of “Oprah’s Next Chapter: African American Women in Hollywood,” featuring Alfre Woodard, Viola Davis, Phylicia Rashad and Gabrielle Union. Immediately following at 10 is the world television premiere of “Dark Girls,” a two-hour documentary from Bill Duke and D. Channsin Berry that explores the prejudices that dark-skinned women face throughout the world.
For “Oprah’s Next Chapter,” Winfrey sits down with the actresses at the Bacara Resport & Spa in Santa Barbara. The four women talk about the challenges, criticism and competition they face as African-American women in Hollywood – topics not often discussed in the entertainment industry.
When EURweb sat down with Davis in February for “Beautiful Creatures,” the Oscar-nominated star opened up about the lack of quality roles for black actresses and understanding the backlash within the black community over her role as a maid in “The Help.”
“Dark Girls,” according to OWN, “goes underneath the surface to explore the prejudices that 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 that span from America to the most remote corners of the globe. Women share their personal stories, touching on deeply ingrained beliefs and attitudes of society, while allowing generations to heal as they learn to love themselves for who they are.”
Below, a first look at Sunday’s “Oprah’s Next Chapter” episode and “Dark Girls” documentary.