Oprah Winfrey And Bill Duke To Debut ‘Light Girls’ On OWN

Will you watch as colorism is discussed at length?

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Oprah Winfrey and Bill Duke are doubling down on their recent success in the documentary department with Light Girls.

Last year, the press was hype about the Oprah Winfrey Network airing Dark Girls, which looked into why African and African American women don’t feel comfortable in their own skin. The reactions to the project were varied and mixed with some believing that Oprah and co. were diving into treacherous waters.

Fast forward a year later, and as we head into 2015, Winfrey and Duke are attempting to tell the other side of the story with Light Girls. The documentary, which will be released next month, will look at how lighter-skinned women are impacted by the rigors of colorism. In lieu of the film’s release, OWN has released the trailer for public viewing.

Opening with sincere commentary from fellow OWN employee-slash-life coach Iyanla Vanzant, Light Girls promises introspective conversations with celebrities like Amber Rose, Soledad O’Brien, Raven Symone and Pat Cleveland. In addition to this much-talked about project, the OWN Network will air programming that honors civil rights legends, look at the historical context of the movement, and discuss the merits of its legacy.

Duke, 71, will tell the stories of these fair-featured females from around the world and will attempt to tackle the question of whether having light skin makes a person’s life easier. The series will also have Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Diahann Carroll, India Arie, Michaela Angela Davis, Kym Whitley and Russell Simmons.

You can watch the trailer below:

Light Girls will air on Monday, January 19 at 9:00 pm on the OWN Network.

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    I’m so tired of this stupid debate. I’m dark-skinned and the truth is I feel more sorry for light skin girls than dark skin girls. It has almost nothing to do with whether a girl is dark or light it’s about how PRETTY she is. Women are judged on how BEAUTIFUL they are. Some of the dark girls in the first documentary were overweight and did not dress well or wear makeup. There is always going to be someone more conventionally pretty than you–deal with it.

    Look up orthotropics, especially for your girls. Dress your dark girls well, teach them to eat right and grow their hair long and healthy instead of wearing weaves, and tell them (dark or light) that they may not always be able to be the prettiest girl in the room but they can be the nicest, the sweetest, the most well-mannered, have the neatest houses and rooms, the best cook, the best dressers (not in that hood star way, I’m talking nice/inexpensive dresses and heels), teach them good skin care.

    Many of these overweight dark skin girls hide the embarassment and the anger they feel at getting ignored by the opposite sex under a facade of toughness and crudeness that is masculine and turns off men. Heck I’m scared of some of these girls and their beastly behavior. But in part I don’t blame them, their mothers didn’t know how to take care of their hair and keep a man either.

    99% of women want to be married and all a girl needs is ONE GOOD GUY to marry her not the whole world to kneel at her feet. Stop being jealous of women you think are more attractive than YOU or get more attention than you because that will never solve your problems. Work on things that make you LOOK BETTER. No man is going to want to sleep with your bad attitude and poor appearance. THE END