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Started by Agaliarept on Jun 5, 2018 10:21:05 AM
Colourism: Do light-skinned black women have it easier in showbiz?

Rihanna, Beyonce, Cardi B, Stefflon Don, Maya Jama, Mabel, Zendaya and Adwoa Aboah. These are just some of the women at the top of their game in the world of entertainment in 2018. But how much of their success is down to the shade of their skin? It's been suggested by some that black women with lighter skin find it easier to get ahead because of colourism.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/newsbeat-44229236

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Agaliarept - 05 Jun 2018 10:21:48 (#1 of 42)

Colourism is prejudice against people who have a darker skin tone - and/or the preferential treatment of those who are of the same race but lighter-skinned.

It's something that grime artist Lioness says she's experienced.

"A&Rs [talent scouts] would say things like: 'She would be better if she was light-skinned' - and that sentence doesn't even make sense.

"I know what they're trying to say, if I was light-skinned I would get further.

"Once you get told that every single second, and being young as I was at the time, I just didn't like it.

"So I stopped doing something I love because people kept talking about my complexion."

Agaliarept - 05 Jun 2018 10:23:06 (#2 of 42)

Not denying this is a thing at all, people's experiences are there for all to see.

How do you combat it though?

Without further dividing people up into smaller and smaller categories.

SheikYerbouti - 05 Jun 2018 10:26:55 (#3 of 42)

How do you combat it though?

You should express outrage on the Tweetster. That's what most people do.

lapsedcat - 05 Jun 2018 10:27:07 (#4 of 42)

- 100 points

SheikYerbouti - 05 Jun 2018 10:28:49 (#5 of 42)

I feel sad for 'grime artist Lioness' though. I'm sure she's every bit as talented as Beyonce.

TheVoiceOfReason - 05 Jun 2018 10:29:48 (#6 of 42)

“Artiste”, surely?

SheikYerbouti - 05 Jun 2018 10:29:49 (#7 of 42)

Also liking the neologism 'mysogynoir'. Quality.

SheikYerbouti - 05 Jun 2018 10:30:14 (#8 of 42)

Grimestress.

Agaliarept - 05 Jun 2018 10:32:28 (#9 of 42)

You should express outrage on the Tweetster. That's what most people do.

Sorry, I leave my opining for this place only. The quality of ment you attract is of a higher standard then on the Twitters.

SheikYerbouti - 05 Jun 2018 10:33:28 (#10 of 42)

'One' should, I meant.

Agaliarept - 05 Jun 2018 10:37:02 (#11 of 42)

Oh, well I suppose I could dust off my old Twitter account but I'm not really outraged.

I was just wondering if this particular issue seems like a good way to divide and rule people who are fighting for equality.

Rendered - 05 Jun 2018 10:39:26 (#12 of 42)

+10 easy points

Agaliarept - 05 Jun 2018 10:42:44 (#13 of 42)

+10 easy points

Surely I've enough threads under the belt to pass into 'no points for guessing' territory.

Like GF and Emo and Bossab a blind man could see one of my threads from 3 miles.

browserbutton - 05 Jun 2018 10:47:28 (#14 of 42)

The skin lightening industry is worth over $10 billion worldwide -- no doubt the cosmetic giants cash in on colourism (also: colorism) in showbiz.

Hilary - 05 Jun 2018 10:51:00 (#15 of 42)

It's quite amusing that there is a skin-lightening industry as well as a skin-darkening one.

GyratingTrampoline - 05 Jun 2018 10:52:56 (#16 of 42)

not sure 'amusing' is the best word for it hilary

SheikYerbouti - 05 Jun 2018 10:54:06 (#17 of 42)

I dunno, don't you think the consumer economy's endless capacity for selling us more shit is quite amusing in a way?

Hilary - 05 Jun 2018 10:58:21 (#18 of 42)

not sure 'amusing' is the best word for it hilary

Black humour. Human beings are so fickle and various. Some want to be paler, others want to be darker. Some want to be fatter, others want to be thinner. Some want to be ...

And capitalism gives them what they want, whether it is good for them or not. What to do?

GyratingTrampoline - 05 Jun 2018 11:00:33 (#19 of 42)

Some want to be ...

...judged by the content of their character? Can your market forces provide that?

Hilary - 05 Jun 2018 11:00:46 (#20 of 42)

Not so many, sadly. Understandably perhaps, given the content of their character.

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