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Bill Duke Talks About His “Dark Girls” Documentary

Bill Duke Talks About His "Dark Girls" Documentary

So remember back in May when Cynthia posted the trailer for the work-in-progress documentary Dark Girls, directed by Bill Duke and D. Channsin Berry, dealing with the barely hidden prejudices and biases against dark skinned black women (You can read her original post HERE).

Now of course when you deal with a subject like that you just know that it’s going to get a lot of heated responses, and we certainly did on S & A, as the trailer did everywhere it was posted. Some are happy there’s a film dealing with this sensitive and controversial subject, while others are upset that it has to be bought up at all.

Now both Duke and Berry have given a lengthy interview to in which they explain the reasons why they decided to make the film, their approach to the subject, and what sort of impact they hope it will have, as well as the worldwide reaction the trailer has received so far.

You can read the interview right HERE and to refresh your memory, here’s the trailer:

Dark Girls: Preview from Bradinn French on Vimeo.

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The two best questions and answers:

“EBONY: Have you gotten push from people in the industry as well? Are any women in the industry, like actresses or singers, in the movie who speak of the difficulties that they’ve had, not only being females, but also women who don’t look a certain way?
Berry: We do have a superstar, who’s a friend of ours. She has come in and done interviews, and she’ll be a part of it, Viola Davis. The comedienne/actress Anna Maria Horsford speaks on part of it, too.

Duke: And just yesterday, the dark skinned [said] Vanessa Williams wanted to be a part of it. We have some other people with [famous] names coming on board, too.”

There goes that Viola Davis chick again :D It’d be cool to see what Anna Maria Horsford has to say too.

“EBONY: So will you do something later that addresses the woes of dark-skinned men?

Berry: That’s one of the reasons why we did it, because Bill and I had the issues when we were growing up. It was easy for us when Bill came up with the concept. We both had the same pains of growing up being dark-skinned men. We don’t have it to the level that women have it because there’s beauty, fashion and make-up attached to that. We, of course, being men don’t have that.”

What? Dark skinned black men have those issues too? Say it ain’t so.

Can’t wait to see this. But they should nix the documentary on hi yella issues. Nobody cares about that – not even lightskinned-ed people.


thx for that link. From the interview: “…we address this in the movie from a sociology point of view, a psychological point of view, socioeconomic point of view, all those points of view so that it’s not a pity party”

LOVE that, and the fact that it was two intelligent men who created this film, and it does not isolate these issues in a typical ‘oh those crazy insecure females’ spotlight. Color struck dude should be seen in all his ignorant glory. What happened to Black people after the Black is Beautiful movement, smh


Black folks who are angry that this film is addressing this issue sound just as stupid as the white people who say “EVERYBODY TALKING ABOUT RACISM IS WHAT KEEPS IT ALIVE!”

Yeah. And if we don’t talk about AIDS or cancer, they’ll just quietly go away, too.

Intraracism based on color was thankfully never my experience, but I can’t wait to see this film.

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