A new documentary, written, produced and directed by Daphne S. Valerius, takes a critical look into the fragile souls of Black girls, with emphasis on how media images are “instituted, established and controlled.” With appearances by Jada Pinkett Simth, Regina King and Chuck D of Public Enemy, amongst many others, The Souls of Black Girls seeks to uncover some of society’s less-known realities about color-coding and racialized-gender bias. By examining “historical and existing media images of women of color” the documentary asks if Black girls are “suffering from a self-image disorder as a result of trying to attain the standards of beauty that are celebrated in media images.”
The Souls of Black Girls Trailer:
AOL Black Voices Interview with Daphne Valerius:
Does Hollywood employ the infamous brown-paper bag test in casting Black females? Is it a racist, sexist and colorist industry? Do Black Women have a steeper hill to climb to become successful in the business? Are light-skinned Black female actresses, like Halle Berry and Alicia Keys, deemed less threatening than their dark-skinned counterparts? Well, many Black aspiring actresses think so. And to further legitimize their claim, well-established chocolate-skinned Black actresses like Nia Long believe so, as well.
A group of aspiring actresses share their experiences with Harvard-professor Henry Louis Gates Jr:
Actress Nia Long speaks unflinchingly about an industry she calls “very unfair”:
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