“They Threatened Me Every Day”: Full Trailer For “Light Girls” Released, Questions Notion That Light Skin Makes For An Easier Life

January 15, 2015  |  

“Black women have been cultured to compare, not connect.” – Michaela Angela Davis

That’s just one of the many interesting perspectives that will be offered during the conversation on colorism when Light Girls premieres on Monday night.

We gave you a first look at the documentary at the end of last year, and that alone sparked a big conversation in our comments about how the different experiences between black women of different complexions stack up, and whether or not this film even needed to be made. But seeing the women in this new trailer, and the pain in their voices and on their faces (and their literal scars), I think it’s clear that their stories needed to be shared.

In this trailer, a wide variety of actresses and everyday women spoke about being bullied, about not feeling beautiful, about skin bleaching, and the “trending separation between #teamlightskin and #teamdarkskin on social media.”

As we told you before, Charing Ball spoke with director Bill Duke last year about the film and what people could expect:

“Many viewers, who will likely be expecting to hear stories of light skinned privilege, will be horrified by stories of abuse and objectification which were also inflicted upon them for the shade of their Blackness.”

Check out the new trailer, which features KeKe Wyatt, Essence Atkins, Nya Lee formerly of “Love and Hip Hop New York,” Iyanla Vanzant and a whole host of other women from all walks of life. And you can see Light Girls for yourself when it premieres on Monday, January 19 at 9/8c on OWN:

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