OWN to premiere Dark Girls & Candid Talk on African American Actresses in Hollywood

Real Talk: All this programming is exciting, but why can’t we have programming like this all the time?


On  Sunday, June 23, Oprah will premier Bill Duke’s much see documentary, Dark Girls.  “Documentary exploring the deep-seated biases and attitudes about skin color particularly dark-skinned women, outside of and within the Black American culture.”  The film looks at the roots of classism, racism and the lack of self-esteem
within a segment of cultures that span from America to the most remote corners of the globe. Women share their personal stories, touching on deeply ingrained
beliefs and attitudes of society, while allowing generations to heal as they learn to love themselves for who they are. [Source]

Trailer: Will you watch?



Before the premiere Oprah will sit down black actresses in Hollywood will talk candidly with Alfre Woodard, Viola Davis, Phylicia Rashad and Gabrielle Union about the challenges and rewards that come with being a black actress.

It is also important to note that recently OWN was noted for increasing their ratings since debuting shows that focused on African American woman such as Raising Whitley starring Kim Whitley, Iyanla’s Fix My Life, and Life with LaToya starring Latoya Jackson. Jenee Desmond-Harris of The Root asks the question: what took so long?


I want to know:

  • Will you tune in?
  • How do you think this type of programming impacts African American women and their confidence?
  • What other types of programming would you like to see that discuss issues pertaining to black women?
  • Are there any other documentaries that you would recommend women of color need to see?


  1. I will definitely be watching this. My kids will be too. They can learn a lot from both of these programs.

    • This is a great for kids and teens to watch. I think it would be a great conversation starter especially in households where this may have never been discussed before.

  2. I’ll be glued to OWN on this night. The only thing that bothers me is the fact that we still need to have these conversations. But the need is definitely there… still.

  3. The well known Hollywood studios can no longer dictate specifically whatthe people prefer or can get as they would during the past. Once you add to that distribution world wide web, news reports, web pages, from chat to complete movies. It’s just a totally new environment. A lot of it beneficial, some not.


  1. […] just found that totally mind blowing. Not to mention that off the heels of Dark Girls I’ve been having boat loads of conversations about light and skin for the past two weeks! […]