Real Talk: All this programming is exciting, but why can’t we have programming like this all the time?


On  Sunday, June 23, Oprah will premier Bill Duke’s much see documentary, Dark Girls.  “Documentary exploring the deep-seated biases and attitudes about skin color particularly dark-skinned women, outside of and within the Black American culture.”  The film looks at the roots of classism, racism and the lack of self-esteem
within a segment of cultures that span from America to the most remote corners of the globe. Women share their personal stories, touching on deeply ingrained
beliefs and attitudes of society, while allowing generations to heal as they learn to love themselves for who they are. [Source]

Trailer: Will you watch?



Before the premiere Oprah will sit down black actresses in Hollywood will talk candidly with Alfre Woodard, Viola Davis, Phylicia Rashad and Gabrielle Union about the challenges and rewards that come with being a black actress.

It is also important to note that recently OWN was noted for increasing their ratings since debuting shows that focused on African American woman such as Raising Whitley starring Kim Whitley, Iyanla’s Fix My Life, and Life with LaToya starring Latoya Jackson. Jenee Desmond-Harris of The Root asks the question: what took so long?


I want to know:

  • Will you tune in?
  • How do you think this type of programming impacts African American women and their confidence?
  • What other types of programming would you like to see that discuss issues pertaining to black women?
  • Are there any other documentaries that you would recommend women of color need to see?