At the same time, even more of us remain distressed by the continued, narrowly representational casting of relatively thin, light-skinned Black women in the B lack-ish universe. This is not the first time Black women, the clear target audience of Grown-ish , have expressed sincere concerns about the visibility, or lack thereof, of dark-skinned Black women on these shows. Legitimately asking, no shade intended. Fans hoped to see G rown-ish answer to one of its most valid, consistent critiques and to see that the Black talent involved in the project is committed to depicting a more widely representational collegiate experience for Black women. Unfortunately, though not unsurprisingly, the episode did not deliver. Among the most glaring disappointments is the storyline with Jazz and Sky Forster, played by the talented, sister-duo Chloe and Halle Bailey.
I’m tired of seeing my light skin represented in Black media
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As Kanye West reminded us a few days ago, colorism is alive and well. Race matters, even within communities of color. While West has since tried to walk back his tweet, this most recent controversy has reignited debates about skin tone, blackness and bias in communities of color. For those of us whose skin color is closer to a double shot cappuccino or darker, the latest indignity from Kanye West — himself a dark-skinned black man — is a painful reminder of the continuing degradation directed at dark-skinned black women and the rejection of black beauty. Because the truth of it is, skin color still matters, even within our communities. And colorism — the bias or prejudice that exists within a particular racial or ethnic group against those with a darker skin — is still pervasive — both in the African-American and Latino communities.
It's been suggested by some that black women with lighter skin find it easier to get ahead because of colourism. She told Newsbeat she quit music for seven years and part of the reason was down to prejudice about her darker skin. The issue of colourism was reignited recently after Maya Jama addressed the controversy over a "joke" she tweeted in which mocked dark-skinned women. Some people on social media claimed the Radio 1 presenter's career has been helped by "light-skin privilege".
Perhaps with slight chagrin I look back and notice that it is true. These falsehoods are reiterated by the media and data. Take Love Island for example. Compound this with some data released by dating app, Bumble which outlines that black women are the penultimate choice of desirable mate overall but definitely the last resort when it comes to women, it helps to highlight how undesirable the western world think Black women are.