‘Dark Girls 2’ Takes Closer Look at Colorism and Black Women

Dark Girls 2 (Credit: OWN)

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network will take on the colorism debate with an OWN Spotlight special presentation next month of the documentary Dark Girls 2.

The movie is a follow-up to the powerful 2011 documentary Dark Girls from filmmakers Bill Duke and D. Channsin Berry.

The original film explored deep-seated biases about skin color in the black community, particularly against darker-skinned women. It featured interviews with African-American women on the role colorism has played in their lives, including Emmy and Academy Award-winning actress Viola Davis.

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The new documentary will add to the conversation through personal stories from everyday women, young adults and teens who are dealing with discrimination they’ve experienced based on the color of their skin. They’ll also discuss their ongoing path toward healing.

The sequel is directed, written and executive produced by D. Channsin Berry. In the trailer for the film, colorism is described as a “colonial legacy” that continues to cause trauma for black women around the world.

Dark Girls 2 will premiere Tuesday, June 30 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on OWN. Watch the trailer below.