Hello, my lovely readers on this post, we are going to look at celebrities who have spoken about colorism in the past and I think that it is very helpful in the course of fighting colorism. A couple of celebrities have spoken about colorism and I handpicked these ones because they have been made by light skinned celebrities who experienced ‘light skin privilege’ and used their voices to bring awareness.
The heavily tattooed and voluptuous beauty came forth and addressed the issue pithily.
You may not love her as much as I do for various reasons. Even if you may not like her as a person, you have to love her for how she boldly spoke about ending colorism and fostering unity. I love to see it.
Smh this really makes me so sad. Being a “yellowbone” ???? mixed light-skinned woman I know unfortunately that Modeling jobs, boys and opportunities came to me easier but did not realize that until I got older. Growing up in Philly I went to an all black school. I was the “white girl” The one that the boys DIDN’T like, The girl that wasn’t as cool as the brown skinned girls. Black was the thing to be! ???? But for me my mom was my only black parent, my dad was as white as snow and I came out just as light as him. I would lay out in the sun and try to get as dark as I could. I would look at all of the beautiful dark skinned girls in my class and wish that I could wear bright color shirts like they did but it never quite looked as good on my complexion…… but the Brown skinned girls would pick on me, pull my hair and want to fight me for no reason? Why tho?! I loved them! I wanted to be them! Little did I know at such a young age society was teaching them to hate me. Society was telling these girls that they weren’t as beautiful as me because of their complexion. They were too strong and too outspoken. It was OK for men to have sex with them behind closed doors but not OK to have them on their arm. As if light skinned girls were some type of trophy for a man, it was a social status smh. Insinuating that he had money or he just had a “bad bitch”. I wanted to be them and they wanted to be me. Getting older I found myself always battling racism and feminism, asking directors why isn’t there any dark skinned girls in the music videos I was featured in? Even when I was Stripper maybe there were 1 or 2 brown skinned girls that would get hired because they didn’t want the club to be too “Black” ???? I can’t help that I was born with light skin but I am a woman before anything else! We need to stick together as women and educate society, educate men like this with black mothers! Not let men/people dictate what type of woman is in style or more beautiful. We are all smart and capable of being great! No matter where we come from or what complexion we are! If no one tells you you’re beautiful I’m here to tell you that you are! ???? let’s change the stigma I love you all – Muva
The gifted rapper has spoken about colorism in terms of his skin tone helping him in his journey to stardom.
I can’t say it for sure but I just think we’re still in America. We’re still Black Americans. Those mental chains are still in us. That brainwashing that tells us that light skin is better, it’s subconsciously in us, whether we know it or not… still pursuing light skin women. There are some women out there that are like, “I don’t even like light skin men” and that’s fine. But Barack Obama would not be President if he were dark skin. You know what I mean? That’s just the truth. I might not be as successful as I am now if I was dark skin. I’m not saying that for sure, I’m still as talented as I am and Obama is still as smart as he is, but it’s just a sad truth… I don’t even know if this is going to translate well into text and people not hearing what I’m saying, but it’s a sad reality. So I can only naturally assume it’s probably easier for a light skin male rapper than it might be for a dark skin male rapper. It’s all subconscious s***, nobody’s aware — I think that s*** still subconsciously affects us.http://blackyouthproject.com/j-cole-on-colorism-i-might-not-be-as-successful-as-i-am-now-if-i-was-dark-skin/,retrieved on 23rd September, 2020 at 12.50 P.M.
This Disney sweetheart who did so well at the Shake it up sitcom has also been very instrumental in addressing her privilege and colorism . This is what she had to say;
“I feel a responsibility to be a voice for the beautiful shades my people come in. Unfortunately, I have a bit of a privilege compared to my darker sisters and brothers… Like people question, Would you listen to Zendaya if she wasn’t the same skin color? And that’s an honest question. Can I honestly say that I’ve had to face the same racism and struggles as a woman with darker skin? No, I cannot. I have not walked in her shoes and that is unfair of me to say. But I’m completely behind that woman. I want to be a part of the movement and growth. And if I get put in a position because of the color of my skin where people will listen to me, then I should use that privilege the right way.”
https://bglh-marketplace.com/2016/07/zendaya-coleman-i-dont-face-the-same-struggles-as-a-woman-with-darker-skin/,retrieved on 23rd September 2020 at 12.55 P.M.
That is all I had for you guys today. Please feel free to comment, like and let me know if you found this blog post enjoyable. I love you all so much.
Until next Wednesday guys and keep safe. Wishing you all love, light and blessings.