“We Haven’t Healed”: Gabrielle Union, Phylicia Rashad, Viola Davis, Alfre Woodard And Gabrielle Union Talk To Oprah About Colorism Issues

June 21, 2013  |  

On the upcoming episode of Oprah’s Next Chapter this Sunday, Viola Davis, Gabrielle Union, Phylicia Rashad and Alfre Woodard sit down with lady O to talk about the issues they face as black actresses. But with the premiere of the documentary Dark Girls coming up after the episode, Oprah decided to ask the women what affect colorism within the black community has had on them and if they notice light skin/dark skin issues promoted by non-black folks in Hollywood. In a quick preview of the upcoming episode, the women say that it plays a big part in not only what they do in Hollywood but in every aspect of their lives:

Oprah: Is that still a major part of the way people think in this town?

Alfre Woodard: Yeah. In this town and in our communities.

Viola Davis: I still feel like that’s what we’re fighting. Healing from the past. I think that it affects everything we do. It affects our relationships, it affects our art.

Oprah: But that comes from us. Doesn’t it?

Viola Davis: But that’s what I’m saying, we haven’t healed from that. We just haven’t.

Phylicia Rashad: Well Lord, goodness how long is it going to take!?

Be sure to tune into Oprah’s Next Chapter this Sunday at 9 p.m. and stick around after the fact to watch Bill Duke’s much talked/hyped about documentary, Dark Girls. What do you think of what they had to say, especially Viola Davis, about the colorism issue?

Check out the preview on the next page!

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