Colorism

White Pearl. Three women on stage of various Asian ethnicities.

A New Play, 'White Pearl,' Explores Colorism Among Asians

Starring a predominantly Asian cast, the comedy looks at how the beauty business sells Whiteness as perfection.

Tanya Saracho. Latinx woman with blonde shoulder length hair, blue glasses and red floral top.

'Vida' Showrunner Tanya Saracho Talks Authenticity

As the all-Latinx series returns on Starz, its co-creator gets real on colorism and other typically taboo topics.

Two young Latinnx women, one wearing braces, sit side by side.

Study and Roundtable Explore How Latinx Community Experiences Colorism

Those with darker skin are more likely to say they’ve been discriminated against, drawing a line directly to race.

A Black woman side view on the red carpet with her hair up and wearing a shoulder-bearing burgundy dress.

Lupita Nyong'o Unveils the Cover for New Book, 'Sulwe'

“I wrote ‘Sulwe’ to encourage children (and everyone really!) to love the skin they are in and see the beauty that radiates from within.”

Marsai Martin, Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson. Black girl in maroon hoodie speaks to Black woman in pink sweater and blue shirt and Black man in brown sweater around brown table and in front of grey walls and multicolored appliances

READ: 'Black-ish' Writer Discusses That Epic Colorism Episode

Peter Saji writes that “Black Like Us” is the episode that “terrifies me the most.”

Bozoma Saint John and Zendaya. Dark-skinned Black woman with long black hair, bright smile, gold necklace and sequined bustier stands beside light-skinned Black woman with hair in ponytail wearing hoop earrings and white dress with illustrated character

Zendaya On Racism, Colorism and Representation

“We’re vastly too beautiful and too interesting for me to just be the only representation of that.”

Lee Chin. Puerto Rican man faces camera, on-screen graphics read, "White = Power + Desirability"

Watch This 'Decoded' Breakdown of Colorism in the Latinx Community

Franchesca Ramsey and Lee Chin explain how White supremacy turns people of color against each other.

Black woman in red dress stands in front of blue background

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. 

Study: For Black Students, Skin Color and Suspensions Linked

Colorism at work.

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.

J. Cole Talks About Colorism in Hip-Hop and the White House

It’s not the first time that he’s spoken publicly about race.

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.

What Colorist Tweet Memes Miss: It's #TeamStructuralRacism

Tweet memes like #TeamLightSkin are the latest example of our insistence that skin-tone obsession is just personal preference. It’s not. Research shows just how much it shapes our lives.