Lighten Up

Comments: 3  | Leave A Comment
  • advertisement

    Okay folks, I am going to go ahead and just ask a question that apparently is on a lot of folks’ minds these days.

    And that is this: What’s the deal with this whole skin lightening stuff, especially in Hollywood…? And who is actually responsible for turning the beautiful copper and chocolate brown tones of our leading stars into something less than?

    Well a number of folks are asking this question after seeing the cover of Entertainment Weekly that featured a visibly ‘paler-toned’ version of Scandal star Kerry Washington.

    Several web writers began pointing out the star’s faded color and suggesting what they felt was behind it. Jessica Wakeman, a contributor for the popular women’s website The Frisky, was one of the first to point it out, saying that the talented actress was “looking a lot lighter-skinned.”

    Wakeman went on to reference the recent and similar controversy surrounding soulful songstress India Arie whose cover image from her new single Cocoa Butter showed a lighter version of the ironically-proud singer of the self-affirming tune, Brown Skin.

    Arie denied lightening her complexion in any way, saying it was a result of the lighting.

    1 2 Next page »

    Tags: » » » » »

    • More Related Content


    3 thoughts on “Lighten Up

    1. I have been noticing the changes too, especially when they made Gabrielle Sidibe lighter. Over the years, it has become BLATANTLY obvious and they need to stop it! And most importantly, stop lying and saying it is the lighting. Balderdash!
      Why do we have to conform ourselves into “their” liking and way of thinking and just appreciate our beautiful skin tone as well as the size of our lips and noses? (I am so glad that Steve Harvey proudly points out his nose and lips.)
      We, as a people should be proud of our ethnicity and our MOST BEAUTIFUL FEATURES and shout, “I’m Black and I’m proud!”
      We are a beautiful people in all shades! :))

    2. @55th st silverbacks:
      I appreciate you sharing your story and it is my hope that more people read and grasp it.
      We are taught to love ourselves but then to behave differently at certain times just to please the masses. It makes sense that it would make anyone angry because it is not only confusing, but also contradictory.
      To answer your question: it just might very well be one of the problems.

    3. this is a case in my point concerning our assimulation of a culture that would rather we all just faded away. i was taught to try to blend in which is not a reasonable request for a six foot three dark skin man working in a mostly white enviroment. inorder to be seen as a man i am supposed to act like something i not only am not but am unable to connect with. as an adult the issue can be dealt with mentally but as a young man i was growing up angry. this is just one of many issues that cause inner stress and turmoil for an african american. COULD THIS BE A CONTRIBUTING FACTOR IN THE LASHING OUT OUR YOUTH DISPLAY?

    Add Your Comment

    Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

    You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

    Twitter picture

    You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

    Facebook photo

    You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

    Google+ photo

    You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

    Connecting to %s