"Dark Girls" set to premier on OWN

6/16/2013, 9:30 a.m.
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The documentary film premier of "Dark Girls" by directors D.Channsin and Bill Duke will premier on OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network, on Sunday June 23 at 10 p.m. EST.

"Dark Girls" is a fascinating and controversial documentary film that goes underneath the surface to explore the prejudices that dark-skinned women face throughout the world. It explores 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.

The documentary subject, which has been out for two years, has been hailed by some and criticized by others.

"The skin color issue in the black community is sickening," writes a viewer names Dee on a social media page with information about the documentary. "Mothers must make sure to install self worth into their daughters or if you don't know how to, then find a program that will.

"The little girl in the video didn't have to point to the white/light skin drawing. Her mother needs to explain to her there is nothing wrong with her skin color and to dismiss people who will treat her different because of her complexion."

Another viewer also weighned in.

"I think the majority of dark skinned women love themselves and don't have this 'woe is me mentality,'" noted the second viewer. "While I think there is nothing wrong with discussion, I do think harping on the negative is harmful to one's psyche and ultimately holds one back."