Colorism

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Zoe Saldana on 'Nina' Biopic: 'We F--king Won'

The actress claps back at critics who felt she was the wrong actress to portray Nina Simone.

A woman in a green tank top beckons a man in a paint-stained white t-shirt.

This Racist Ad Will Take Your Breath Away

Just. Wow.

READ: Yaba Blay on Lil' Kim, Racism and Self Love

The author of “(1)ne Drop: Shifting the Lens on Race” writes about why it hurts to see Lil’ Kim’s “lighter, Whiter” skin and why it is a living, breathing indictment of racism.

READ: Ta-Nehisi Coates on Why the Nina Simone Biopic Debate is More Than Skin Deep

“But there is something deeply shameful—and hurtful—in the fact that even today a young Nina Simone would have a hard time being cast in her own biopic. In this sense, the creation of ‘Nina’ is not a neutral act. It is part of the problem.”

South Asians Are Celebrating Their Melanin With #UnfairAndLovely and It's Beautiful

The creators hope the campaign will fight colorism and promote solidarity among dark-skinned people worldwide.

On 'Jackson Five Nostrils,' Creole vs. 'Negro' and Beefing Over Beyoncé's 'Formation'

As you know, the video for Beyoncé Knowles’ ”Formation” does the most, from invoking police violence, to flashing back to Hurricane Katrina, to celebrating Blue Ivy’s adorable afro. Here, Yaba Blay, a dark-skinned, New Orleans-bred scholar who researches skin color and identity politics, gets into a topic we’ve been avoiding: the message Beyoncé is sending about complexion and worth. 

Viola Davis Talks Colorism and the Mammy Roles in Hollywood

The actress talked at length with the New York Times about her new starring role on “How to Get Away With Murder.”

Pharrell is Confused About the Anger Over His Album Cover

Colorism is still an issue.

Cocoa Butter, India.Arie and Colorism Trolling in the Music Industry

R&B meets colorism meets online marketing again. It’s annoying.

CNN Contributing Producer Probes Lingering Pain of the 'One Drop' Rule

CNN’s upcoming “Black in America 5” wades into the deep of black identity and skin color politics. Here, Dr. Yaba Blay, a Ghanain-American scholar whose independent work sparked the special, talks about the nuances of a topic often considered too hot TV.