Rise Women Rise: Victoria

Guest Story by Victoria

After reading Dr. Boyce Watkins blog that mentions the Dark Girls documentary film I was inspired to write a poem entitled “Black Rainbow”. Although there are only 255 words in the poem, I suspect that your 750 word limit for this section counts each alphabet. So I will type the poem below but part may be deleted so please contact me to see the entire 7 stanza poem that only has 4 lines in each stanza. Thank you.

BLACK RAINBOW

Copyright by Victoria Rowels ©2011

Young black slaves with beautiful dark skin,
Violated by white masters again and again.
They had white women to whom they were publicly wed.
But they preferred to rape black women in the slave shed.

A painful history we all want to forget,
But we can’t because of the children born of it.
Their hues range from black to white,
With hair sometimes straight and other times tight.

Evidence of a crime and justice never received.
Centuries have passed and yes, we still grieve.
But we must love the black rainbow that we have become.
We are the original hue-mans and should unite as one.

From the middle passage to every denied civil right,
We make the best of our trying plight.
But brainwashed to hate our African origin,
We began to hate our beautiful black skin.

From European standards of beauty to the paper bag test,
We have been encouraged to take part in a self-hate fest.
Now is the time to stop this genocidal game.
God loves us all and we should do the same.

A young black girl wanted to be fine.
She bought hazel contact lens and now she’s blind.
Some black women put glue in their hair,
To hold long straight weaves that blow in the air.

We shouldn’t do destructive things like that.
We are a beautiful people and that’s a fact.
Sisters and brothers we must love our natural state.
We must love the black rainbow and stop all the hate.

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Rise Women Rise: Cynthia

Guest Story by Cynthia

From the moment this historical event entered my world, I have been thinking about what the impact of this means me and how it will continue to affect my life. You see, I am not only a Beautifully Dark skinned sista, I am also a Beautifully Dark skinned Amputeed sista. I have been a Below the Knee amputee all of my life and the greatest of challenges for me was overcoming the stigma of “I am not capable enough to take care of myself or am smart enough to do so.” On top of being told without being told that I am nothing to be valued. I am truly excited and waiting with bated breathe for the opening of this Documentary. I was so moved by the vision of this, I created a poem in honor. Hoping you enjoy and find hope and strength from it.

ODE TO THE DARK QUEEN
By Cynthia Jacob-Brown

Here’s to the Blackness, The Essence of…The Heartbeat of She…The Eclipse that covers the moon. The WHOLE that takes all light in the universe and swallows it.

I understand now…My dark intimidates you. My dark frightens you. My dark beckons you to “LOOK AND SEE ME”

Don’t get it twisted!!!…ya don’t scare…ya don’t shrink…ya don’t hide me away to keep me from being seen. Honey Child!!!… even the shadow will show itself and you cannot get away that easily.

Huh!!!…won’t be denied my rightful place in the sun. All who have seen my beautiful darkness, my strong blackness have bowed down to my tone and have strived to EMULATE me and my god given natural beauty.

Didn’t have to purchase products to get the tonal color desired. I just am, I just am, I JUST AM THE BEAUTIFUL…THE POWERFUL…THE COVER OF STRENGH PERSONIFIED.

ALL BOW DOWN TO…THE BLACK QUEEN ALL HAIL ME…ALL HAIL ME…ALL HAIL ME….

YOU SEE, YOU JUST WANT TO BE…ME.

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Rise Women Rise: Milka

Guest Story by Milka

I have just watched the preview of the movie and that took me back to the comments I heard from close friends and relatives because of my iskin tone. I am a kenyan lady who has lived in Europe for nine years. I had friends who told me that they thought I am just lucky not to be so dark like other very dark african men they had seen on an annual african festival in town. It was astonishing to me to read through the lines and see that even for some white folks, too dark = not apppealing.
Back home in Kenya, I remember a quite famous product known as fair and lovely which millions of kenyan women still use today to “lighten up their skins softly”. The attitude towards very dark skinned people in my own country is not much better. Black people discriminate amongst themselves. This is very sad and I wonna commend the producers of Dark Girls for starting a conversation that many of us have never had the courage or the urgency to do.We need to look at this discrimination from the root. Black babys should be brought up in homes and communities where their skin tone is not the determining factor about their beauty.

Thanks again for initiating this very important conversation. It was long overdue.

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Rise Women Rise: Karilyn

Guest Story by Karilyn

In every woman’s journey come challenges to finding a life of self-worth. But for “dark girls,” women and girls of deep color, prejudice cuts to the core of the woman’s heart. Rise with us, women and men of all colors as we form a unique movement to change forever, the lives of these disenfranchised women.

This movie really is about all of us. in some way we are all dark girls. There’s a lot of work that still needs to be done to expose this issue. Help today–donate! Even one dollar will help, just one.

This story, your story, needs to be told!

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Rise Women Rise: Barbara

Guest Story by Barbara

As a 58 year old dark skinned African American woman, I have always felt the discrimination, dislike, distane, humiliation, rejection and isolation in all of my 58 years. Although I have achieved a level of success in my life, I am well aware that the reasons I’m still a single black female, is due to not only my skin color, but also because, I don’t possess the “European features” that most men desire. There is also a strong level of dislike within the African American communities. The level of violence is a symptom of self-hatred.

At an early age, I was always called the most derogatory terms any child should endure. My mother was shades lighter then me and even though I know my Mom loved me, I even heard it from her lips that I was “Black and Ugly”! This dislike for the darker complexed society has also crept in to the church. I am also a born-again Christian and have experienced some of the most disapproval from those who are suppose to portrait the true Love of God and Love unconditionally, only to experience that the church which is suppose to be a refuge for many hurting people, would turn out to be just the opposite of what God would expect from those who call God their own.

Dating is very unlikely for me and most of my brown skinned friends and marriage seems out of the question. I ended a freindship with a very good person because when we would go out she would always get the attention from black men although she was a Puerto-Rican woman and they would not give me the time of day. I know there are many factors in communicating with people and being attractive enough for any attention, but I know for a fact that most black men prefer the light skinned women over the darker women. I have a sister who is the lightest in the family and she is never without a date. Where as if I get even a look from a black man it is usually always never.

As a matter of fact I have had caucasian men trying to get with me, and I have absoulutely no interest in the other culture. Years ago, I wanted to write abook about my experiences, but have never set down and put the thoughts to pen. Thanks Mr. Duke for bringing this subject to the forefront and I will donate towards the movie being produced. One last stereotype that I think even I had about us dark girls is that we seemed to be the most vocal, rowdy, loud and angry. I thought that too, but there are some of us dark girls who speak with a soft voice, we are not loud, don’t curse, not rowdy and we are educated and we take care, nurture and love our black families and men.

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Rise Women Rise: Darlene

Guest Story by Darlene

The following is an original poem i wrote inspired by my childhood, entitled Society’s Unwanted: the poem.

As a baby who could I know that my future color would be one I could hate
the skin on my thighs, the skin on my back, my chest, face all different but still me
how then, could I know that people would one day judge me by it all
that people could look at my skin and write me off as “too dark”
that not having lighter skin could make me the object of other kids harassment
that it would make me see myself differently, or just different
how could I know that the other kids were wrong, that I was beautiful
that I was no different, that my complexion meant nothing
I couldn’t know, there is no way I could know.
today, I look back and laugh
I laugh at the ignorant mind of a young naive child
I laugh at the longing for a “better skin color” one more like my mothers
I laugh at the questions of why I was how I am
I laugh at so much, because to mourn would be to hold those thoughts and yet I cry
I cry for the lost children who don’t know they’re beautiful
I cry for the people still struggling with their skin
I cry for the non-acceptance, still very much alive
I’m more than pretty, I’m beautiful but back then how could I know?
Fin.

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Rise Women Rise: Dawn

Guest Story by Dawn

When I was a little girl I did not realize why my mother got so mad when someone said that I was a pretty black girl. She would always asked the person why they had to put the black in that sentence. I was just happy someone called me pretty and I knew that I was a black girl, so what was my mother’s problem? At that age, pretty was nice, girl was nice, but the way my mother reacted to black I thought it was something bad. In my teenage years black was like a disease. If you were light skinned you were beautiful and if you were black you were ugly. I never felt ugly I just wanted to be liked, so I wanted to be light. A hand full of people would call me blackie but I did not care. As long as they did not put their hands on me, they could say what ever they pleased. Kids the same shade as I would call me blackie, but I realized they were just uneducated about all blacks. Thinking back, I am glad that it did not lower my self-esteem. I am glad that I was strong enough to let it roll off of me. When I was dating I had a guy tell me that he never dated a darkskinned girl. I stopped dating him after that statement because I did not want to be his experiment. When I started getting my hair pressed is when I started being noticed. I guess guys did not want a darkskinned, kinky hair girl. One guy told me that I had a white nose. What is that???? I am black so I have a black nose on this here black face. I have dated many different shades. I did not date my husband because he was lightskin. I dated him because he was a nice person. When I became an adult I realized that half of the people, especially dark people, have a problem with dark people. This is sad but needs to be addressed. People have to learn to love themselves. I love my self, my mother, my husband, my children, my people no matter what shade they are. The famous line from The Color Purple is what comes to my mind…..I AM POOR, BLACK, I MAYBE EVEN UGLY , BUT DEAR GOD I AM HERE, I AM HERE!!!

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Rise Women Rise: Kimberly

Guest Story by Kimberly

My story may be similiar to other “Dark Girls”, but of course we have all had different journeys…

Growing up I had an issue with my tone because I felt I was too dark to fit in, too dark to be considered pretty, too dark for many things. I grew up in a healthy household with both parents who complimented me on a regular basis. However,it was my own insecurities I was battling. Moving forward , since I have entered the working world I am absolutely for certain my complexion has played a role in job opportunities that I did not receive as well as employee “circles” I was not invited in. As a woman, I have embraced my beautiful brown skin and refuse to allow any individual make me feel less than because of my tone. All women of color, regardless of hue have to work extremely hard to acquire/maintain success and independence in today’s society. However, I find that women like myself have to ALWAYS be on our “toes” in order to stay ahead of the game. This is an issue that used to frustrate me until I realized the playing field that I was on.

Now I play the “game” on my own terms, dark brown skin and all. What God has for me is for me so when I come through the door,get ready to embrace my color too 🙂

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Rise Women Rise: Liv

Guest Story by Liv

I live in the Bahamas. It is a nation of 350,000+ where black is the majority. I have friends that are dark and have grown up with the same issues of colour that happen in the U.S. The only difference for MY story is the opposite. I am bi-racial: White mother and black father (both Bahamian) and growing up I was teased and called white girl. I had black features, but the colour of my skin was wrong. I was, I am the minority and I get treated like it constantly. I am told I must be rich because of the colour of my skin, though I am not. They don’t see that I am also black. I was treated badly as I got older for having “brighter” skin and told that I had an easier life, which was not true. I was still the white girl, never accepted as black or heck even mixed. I struggled like most white or mixed girls do here constantly the butt of all jokes, never good enough or black enough, therefore not cool enough and excluded from things. This is my life. We as humans always seem to find a way to ostracize any minority group.

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‘The Help’s’ Viola Davis featured in Dark Girls Movie

We are proud to announce the amazing Oscar nominated actress Viola Davis will be featured in the upcoming Documentary, Dark Girls.  The film will also have interviews with from Michael Colyar and more.

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