Fascinating trailer for Dark Girls, a new documentary on skin color, self-image, beauty, ideology.
When I teach Herron and Cepeda’s Nappy Hair or Christopher PaulÂ Curtis’s The Watsons Go to Birmingham –1963, I talk about how these books respond to culturally “white” ideals of beauty. Â The former celebratesÂ black hair. Â In the latter book, after By gets a conk, his punishment is getting his head shaved. Â As his mother asks him,Â “Did those chemicalsÂ give you better-looking hair than me and your daddy and God gave you?”
But this documentary is much more powerful. Â When I teach those books (and others) in future, I’m going to share this clip from Dark Girls.