BLACK SKINNED BEAUTIES TAKE HEART! WE ARE GONNA CHANGE THINGS AROUND-BACK TO BLACK! YOU ARE GONNA BE BACK ON TOP WHERE YOU BELONG,QUEEN MOTHERS OF ALL BEAUTY!

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It’s Harder When You’re Darker
by: Tasha M. Martinez

Turn on the TV and flip to your favorite music video station.

I think of Spike Lee’s School Daze. Will there every be a sequel where the dark-skinned women are the sought after ones? The idolized? That movie touched upon the idea of racism within the race, which is still very much an issue between blacks, especially in entertainment today. I can see why so many little dark-skinned girls feel left out and uncelebrated. Because in entertainment, we are not the celebrated women. At a self-esteem developmental age, young girls start wishing they were something they are not, instead of loving who they are for what they are. Regardless of what anyone says, beauty IS only skin deep, and I know this. Beauty is not just one thing. God made us all beautiful and we are beautiful because we are different. Tell each side of the story. Show each shade of beauty. The other day, I was watching VH1’s Driven on Beyonce’. Ok, it’s a known fact. She is a beautiful, talented, young black woman. Something her younger sister Solange said in the documentary caught my attention. She basically said that Beyonce’ has always been “hated on.” She then added that you take a lot of slack for being a black girl with light skin and long hair. I feel it is the contrary. That may indeed be the case for little seven-year-old girls playing together and not liking each other. But I feel that dark-skinned black woman take slack for NOT being light-skinned with long hair. It’s not the other way around. Why would you take slack? You are what the entertainment industry sees as a beautiful black woman. Hearing Tupac say, “The blacker the berry, the sweeter the juice,” I’m sure made a lot of women feel good. But B2K wants to go on trips “with chicks that look like Alicia Keys.” This is what my three little sisters hear and see today in 2003. Now don’t get me wrong, I come from a family who instilled great self-confidence in me, and I have a mother who always taught me to love and respect myself because I am beautiful inside and out. She taught me to be proud of who I am, so I know that it starts at home for everyone. No one likes feeling left out though, especially when in most cases, those doing the berry picking are pots calling the kettle black. Basically, I feel it stinks the way dark-skinned women are portrayed, or are not portrayedÂ…more like betrayed. Is it that people have forgotten where they came from? Who they came from? If I started seeing chocolate beauties in music video’s now I’d think something was wrong because it is so out of the ordinary. I just feel like every form of media plays a major role in shaping our children’s lives. Imagine for just one moment that your pre-teen daughter comes to you feeling down because everyone on TV and in magazines that is classified as beautiful is the total opposite of her. This Essay Was Submitted By A VIBE Online User
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1.
t says:

I agree, they think they are better than us just because their light and that is tatall not true, half of them are so dag on UGLY and have the nerve to pick on our skin color,I`d rather be dark that look like who did it and ran…you cant wipe off ugly,being dark doesn’t make me ugly…being dark doesn’t make anyone who is ugly…I look at the inside too.if you have an ugly inside then dag on it you are hideous on the outside!!!! and besides the lightskin girls or boys are usually whores who end up in a no good situatuion,working for minimum wage or caught something and you know what that something is.I have alot to say about dark people but for now I am going to end it by saying BLACK IS* BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

October 12, 2007 at 6:03 pm

2.
Ebone says:

I enjoyed your article concerning color issues that still hold us hostage as african american people. As a teacher and aspiring recording artist, it has always been evident to me that the industry is one-sided. And it really is a shame because the industry has no idea what they’re missing out on. Chocolate beauties have reigned supreme for years, whether its been celebrated or not. I have always been the “exception”. You know the girl who hears so often, “wow, I’ve never seen such a beautiful dark-skinned woman like you before!” As ignorant as that seems, its the reality and how do I respond, with knowledge hoping that it will breed some type of positivity. I find myself schooling our people everyday and not just my students about how lucky we are as a people to be represented as a rainbow of so many different hues and colors that should be celebrated and not ignored. We must press on and let our sun-kissed little sisters know just how royally beautiful they are and that their uniqueness will take them far. As f or me, I plan to take this music industry by storm and help change this poisonous mind-set that has resulted in bleaching creams and self-hatred. BLACK is beautiful and that will never change despite what anyone says !!!!!!

October 6, 2007 at 11:23 am

3.
ray says:

i love me some dark skinned women. they the most beautiful women on earth. i would choose gabriele union and foxy brown over beyonce anyday. not every black male thinks light is right. im not gonna sit here and say i am not attracted to bright girls but i prefer chocolate more than caramel. at the end of the day all black women are beautiful and its time the media realised that. its not realistic to show all light skin women in videos- they not the only appealing females out there. there should be more divirsity so every one is represented. its not fair that in this day and age, little black girls are growin up with self-hatred coz they aint light enough.

December 31, 2006 at 2:54 pm

4.
david says:

I agree with alot of what you are trying to say but, in my opinion you’re not looking at the total reality from both sides of the black color spectrum. mixed people aren’t blacks, and they never were black, only whites choose to group them as African Americans which have become a loose term and okay by me. the exat same way that each and every other amerian of half racial ancestry, that isnt white, is grouped.
Blacks in reality are dark, medium and lightskinned naturally, like most other darkskinned people are. while our ethnic features remain the same. its not so much about dark or light skin being accepted in our culture but the entire black race, regardless of complexion, being excluded in representation. outside of beyonce name more than five light skinned full black girls you know in the industry, and in fact there may be more darkskinned blacks you could named than you could lightskinned blacks . monica is a lightskin black girl to me or close to it, but she still doesn’t fit the standards americans are try to fit into these days.

i also want to mention that alot of the lightskinned females you see nowadays in hip hop video are in fact latino or of other ethnicities not black. and that the industry has become increasingly more diverse over the years since it has come to be as it has for the last ten years. So should we say NO Latinos in any videos. But i must also admit you are right and more ways than i think you are wrong. as most times these latino and more mixed looking individuals portray black characters’ roles it seems these days.

December 18, 2006 at 7:31 pm

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  2. Majadi Baruti Says:

    I have a love for my people that is as patriotic as any white american for america, or any Irish for Ireland. I am born African-American but my soul is 100% African!

    African beauty has historically covered every shade from light caramel to deep rich chocolate and all of our flavors are delicious!
    Afrikans Unite!!!

    http://www.theupwardmovement.blogspot.com
    http://www.theroofgarden.blogspot.com
    http://www.blackmenrising.blogspot.com

  3. Yeye Akilimali Funua Olade Says:

    TRIBUTE TO THE BLACK-SKINNED BEAUTIES OF THE BLACK RACE!
    “GOD MADE US AS HIS PERFECT CREATION.He made no mistake when made us Black with kinky hair. It is Divine Purpose for us to llive in our natural habitat-the tropical zones of the earth. Forget the white man’s banter, that he made us in the night and forgot to paint us white.That we were brought here against our will, is just a natural process of the strong enslaving the weak. We have outgrown slavery, but our minds are still enslaved to the thinking of the master race. NOW TAKE THOSE KINKS OUT OF YOUR MIND INSTEAD OF OUT OF YOUR HEAD”

    MARCUS GARVEY

    EXCERPT FROM THE POEM “THE BLACK WOMAN”

    “BLACK QUEEN OF BEAUTY,THOU HAS GIVEN COLOR TO THE WORLD,
    AMONG OTHER WOMEN THOU ART ROYAL AND THE FAIREST,
    LIKE THE BRIGHTEST OF JEWELS IN THE ROYAL DIADEM,
    SHINEST THOU GODDESS OF AFRICA-NATURE’S PUREST EMBLEM…”

    MARCUS GARVEY

    “THE BLACKER THE BERRY,THE SWEETER THE JUICE”
    Blackamerikkkan Proverb

    “The white woman is actually the ugliest of the 3 major racial types,yet her man has succeeded in completely reversing the Beauty pyramid and placing her at the top in the minds of most of the world’s people. Those Blacks who worship or imitate her do so because of foolishness and brainwashing. The Black skinned woman is actually the most beautiful of all the races and she is the Mother of all races,and sets the standard for beauty everywhere!”

    Yeye Akilimali Funua Olade

  4. Yeye Akilimali Funua Olade Says:

    BLACK-SKINNED WOMEN: QUEEN MOTHERS OF THE BLACK RACE AND ALL BEAUTY!
    Why do I sing Praises of your Beautiful, Black, ebony,velvet skin,”Blacker than the sky at midnight”{1},your full mushroomed mouth, your beautiful broad nose, your generous “Congo hips” {2}and full-flowered backside? Because for too long many of the Black Race have abused, dishonored you, degraded and denied you your crown, Queen of Queens,Queen Mother of the Black Race, Black Beauty Supreme! From you all the beauty of the Black Race springs forth.In fact all the world’s beauty springs from you,Mother of all beauty of all the races of the world! Your Black midnight,licorice,dark black chocolate,beauty, is Blackness concentrated in your beautiful “Black-blueberry”{3} face!

    First in the order of creation is always given respect by Afrikan tradition. The 1st wife, the 1st elder, the 1st kingdom, the 1st original inhabitants, of the earth-all are considered with honor. So it should be with Black Beauty-our darkest -skinned Sisters are the 1st Mothers of the Universe-Black as a color came before all the many tones of brown,red,yellow and white. But for too long our Dark-skinned Queens have not been given the respect and place of honor they deserve. IN FACT THE WHITE BOY HAS INTIATED the cycle of reversing the true order of things by turning upside down the pyramid of Beauty, and placing white-light on top and relegating the most beautiful Black-skinned Beauties to rock bottom!

    So Black people have been taught well how to deny our most

    beautiful one her crown, taught how to reject our Blackest, most Afrikan features, full lips and nose and mouth and woollest hair, for the weaker characteristics of the white race. Shame on Black people! When will we wake up to this Black Beauty concentrated, from whence all our lesser beauty comes. When will we give the crown of crowns,the throne of thrones, to the Blackest Queen of Queens?

    Most of us who suffer from”mulatto-mentality” and “yellow fever”, as Fela, our great Nigerian Musician calls it, will go on and on about what about us lighter queens-aren’t we/they beautiful too, yet you/we should be aware that such queens have gotten all the play in the past and that even in Black Egypt one of the reasons for its downfall was the allowing the lighter ones of the race, to place themselves above the rest of us in the name of lightness and pride of light-closer/to/whiteness. So if we’re yellow,to light brown/red, then we should give respect where respect is due and not live off of the artificial white thrill of having “white features” as if it is an advantage. Where would you be without your BLACKEST great Grandmother? We should honor the Blackest past of ourselves, thus giving us true pride of Blackness, not verbal signifyin’ but real testifyin’ that BLACK is beautiful! If the Blackest, most Afrikan-featured Sister isn’t respected as the Supreme Beauty of the Race,the Black woman’s beauty is not really respected at all for what it really is(only in terms of how closer to white we look). We all reflect the strengths of this concentrated beauty in ourselves, all the manifestations of how Blackness can present itself are seen in our faces. Down to the milk-lightest of us, our Blackness is what dominates us whether physically or mentally. But the Mother is greater than the child and so the Blackest is greater than all the other tones of the Black Race. If we don’t respect our Blackest Queen, we don’t respect our True Black selves. We must have a Black value for BLACKNESS in features and skin tone. We must have a Black Standard of Beauty based on the Black-skinned woman. ALL PRAISES DUE TO OUR BLACK-SKINNED QUEEN-MOTHERS!

    Sister Yeye Akilimali Funua Olade
    1981,Lagos,Nigeria

    BLACK NOTES: Let me give tribute to Brother Damu,House of Umoja(San Francisco) for{1}
    {2}Brother O.O. Gabugan in the poem “Black Queen For a Day”,{3}Sister Sonia Sanchez in her poem “,Queens of the Universe”,for the quoted words used in the first part of this article.

  5. MLG Says:

    Hi There!

  6. Kelly Says:

    I am in between, i am not Beyonce’s colour and neither am i Lauryn’s
    I am more like Ciara’s complexion
    I see myself as dark

    No one can understand the pain that us dark skinned girls go through, unless they are dark or coffee coloured themselves.
    I must admit i never had a problem with my skin colour until i met my husband
    He loves me and adores me, but i know so well that deep down he wishes i was the colour of Alicia Keys or Beyonce
    Everytime i try to confront him on this he denies it and gets angry, but it is the truth
    I see the way he responds to light skin women whilst we watch TV
    he remarks on how beautiful they are with their complexions, even the ugly on
    As soon as he sees a light skinned girl, she’s beautiful into his eyes regardless of her features.

    How i wish i were light skinned.

    • Yeye Akilimali Funua Olade Says:

      Kelly,Sister you are beautiful the way you are! God made you beautiful and nothing can take it away,not even thoughtless or mindless whites,and some of us BLACKS who have been taught to hate our BLACK skin and worship the whites skin color. First you must learn to love yourself! You do that easily by getting closer to God! God’s love for you will cancel out all the rubbish of people who may be out it and wrong about not appreciating your beauty! Seek God and learn to feel HIS LOVE AND YOU WILL NOT BE HURT again by these foolish people who are wrong. Be more loving though to your husband. Forgive him for this trustpast! See him the way God sees him-a loving considerate child of GOD. Treat all others you come in contact with that LOVE that you are learning and feeling from GOD as you move closer to HIM and PRAISE HIM for HIS blessings to you everyday. Once you start loving yourself you will never wish again you were someone else! You will just singing and Praising GOD for making you HIS most beautiful creation! Study and read about our BLACK History! Start with The Destruction of BLACK Civilization by Chancellor Williams(get it thru Amazon or any BLACK book store) -read every book on our BLACK Civilizations you can see and read EVERY ARTICLE ON HISTORY AND CIVILIZATION ON THIS BLOG. BE INFORM ABOUT WHO YOU ARE! When you know how great BLACK people are,you will stop wanting to be any thing else but what GOD made you to be! Your color is a blessing from GOD-don’t mock GOD for GOD knew what HE WAS DOING WHEN HE CREATE YOUR BEAUTIFUL BLACK BEAUTY. Once you know your own beauty everyone else will begin to see it including your BELOVED HUSBAND! BLACK SKIN IS BEAUTIFUL.DARK BLACK SKIN IS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL! YOU ARE TRULY BLESSED BY GOD!

  7. lisalisa Says:

    i really wish there was more portrayl of the beauty that black people have to offer. we have pale sisters to beige to caramel to dark chocolate and we all are beautiful. It is very sad and quite strange really that you have to be strong on most accounts because of plain ignorance on such things from inside and outside the race.for example i think my boyfriend likes me because i’m light and now i am quite terrified to tan i know this is probably the “stupidest” thing any of you have ever read but i dont want to lose his attention and favor even though he jokes with me about how much lighter i am compared to him. I think the real problem is that the divide and conquer willie lynch type of thing has never ended. i know one day the world will be beige and i also know that there will essentially be “pure breeds” per se even though there is no such thing america or lets say white people have been mixing with darker or exotic women for so long people forget that lol. the problem i think is that the darker the skin color the more the world and the person themselves want to lighten it because there is a feeling that it is extreme even though it is not. i find that many people of darker complexion feel better when they are with someone lighter to somehow even themselves out especillay when they plan to have children although it is very well out of love to have children but a superficial bonus would be if the guy is lighter like an asian from korea or a punjabi from north india. The same goes for light skinned people, they want tall dark and handsome guys as well. we as the black community still possess the self hate or pity that our ancestors had to deal with many moons ago. since his story has been mentioned i had to bring up the infamous house negro versus the slave negro concept. many people out on the fields wished to have it easy as those in the house and probably vice versa. if you stay in the house you are most likely to have a superiority complex,feeling foreign around one’s own people and most likely to be raped by the master which means a breed of mixed babies who dont feel like they belong in any one place. Even field slaves got raped too. and felt everything worse. they got disrespected more and unfortunately, anyone who looks like they have been tongue-kissed by the sun for a while are still getting no play and disrespected today. i so wish things could be different, that things would have all truths in them, but maybe that’s too big of an expectation or dream. maybe i should just tan and see what happens and maybe all the lovely darker ladies will bumrush the media with their good looks so they know just how beautiful you are and our people really is. we are more than ebony and ivory we are more than crayon colors. we are all cool people and should make sure people understand the black community in all its good facets better, including natural hair upkeep, relaxed hair upkeep and such. god bless ya’ll please try to stay positive maybe people will change. and check out aesthetics studies we might find the antidote in this e.g. the more s\ymmetircal the face the more a person is hired and stuff, bs i know but if we could sort through the crap people maybe we could find how to twist it to the advantage of all and not some take care!!!!! 🙂

    • Yeye Akilimali Funua Olade Says:

      lisalisa, you are re-living the slave mentality we have been taught. WE HERE WANT TO DESTROY THAT AND BUILD A BLACK STANDARD OF BEAUTY ON THE TRUE QUEEN MOTHERS-THE BLACKEST SKIN WOMAN WHO GAVE BIRTH TO ALL OF US IN THE WORLD! HENCE MY ESSAY SAYS IT BEST-

      “BLACK-SKINNED WOMEN: QUEEN MOTHERS OF THE BLACK RACE AND ALL BEAUTY!
      Why do I sing Praises of your Beautiful, Black, ebony,velvet skin,”Blacker than the sky at midnight”{1},your full mushroomed mouth, your beautiful broad nose, your generous “Congo hips” {2}and full-flowered backside? Because for too long many of the Black Race have abused, dishonored you, degraded and denied you your crown, Queen of Queens,Queen Mother of the Black Race, Black Beauty Supreme! From you all the beauty of the Black Race springs forth.In fact all the world’s beauty springs from you,Mother of all beauty of all the races of the world! Your Black midnight,licorice,dark black chocolate,beauty, is Blackness concentrated in your beautiful “Black-blueberry”{3} face!

      First in the order of creation is always given respect by Afrikan tradition. The 1st wife, the 1st elder, the 1st kingdom, the 1st original inhabitants, of the earth-all are considered with honor. So it should be with Black Beauty-our darkest -skinned Sisters are the 1st Mothers of the Universe-Black as a color came before all the many tones of brown,red,yellow and white. But for too long our Dark-skinned Queens have not been given the respect and place of honor they deserve. IN FACT THE WHITE BOY HAS INTIATED the cycle of reversing the true order of things by turning upside down the pyramid of Beauty, and placing white-light on top and relegating the most beautiful Black-skinned Beauties to rock bottom!

      So Black people have been taught well how to deny our most

      beautiful one her crown, taught how to reject our Blackest, most Afrikan features, full lips and nose and mouth and woollest hair, for the weaker characteristics of the white race. Shame on Black people! When will we wake up to this Black Beauty concentrated, from whence all our lesser beauty comes. When will we give the crown of crowns,the throne of thrones, to the Blackest Queen of Queens?

      Most of us who suffer from”mulatto-mentality” and “yellow fever”, as Fela, our great Nigerian Musician calls it, will go on and on about what about us lighter queens-aren’t we/they beautiful too, yet you/we should be aware that such queens have gotten all the play in the past and that even in Black Egypt one of the reasons for its downfall was the allowing the lighter ones of the race, to place themselves above the rest of us in the name of lightness and pride of light-closer/to/whiteness. So if we’re yellow,to light brown/red, then we should give respect where respect is due and not live off of the artificial white thrill of having “white features” as if it is an advantage. Where would you be without your BLACKEST great Grandmother? We should honor the Blackest part of ourselves, thus giving us true pride of Blackness, not verbal signifyin’ but real testifyin’ that BLACK is beautiful! If the Blackest, most Afrikan-featured Sister isn’t respected as the Supreme Beauty of the Race,the Black woman’s beauty is not really respected at all for what it really is(only in terms of how closer to white we look). We all reflect the strengths of this concentrated beauty in ourselves, all the manifestations of how Blackness can present itself are seen in our faces. Down to the milk-lightest of us, our Blackness is what dominates us whether physically or mentally. But the Mother is greater than the child and so the Blackest is greater than all the other tones of the Black Race. If we don’t respect our Blackest Queen, we don’t respect our True Black selves. We must have a Black value for BLACKNESS in features and skin tone. We must have a Black Standard of Beauty based on the Black-skinned woman. ALL PRAISES DUE TO OUR BLACK-SKINNED QUEEN-MOTHERS!

      Sister Yeye Akilimali Funua Olade
      1981,Lagos,Nigeria

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