Actresses Tackle the Light Vs. Dark Skin Debate | Oprah’s Next Chapter | Oprah Winfrey Network

Actresses Tackle the Light Vs. Dark Skin Debate | Oprah’s Next Chapter | Oprah Winfrey Network



In many parts of the world, people are judged not just by their skin color but also by their skin tone. The devaluing of dark-skinned women, which is discussed in the documentary, Dark Girls, is something many African-American actresses must overcome. Watch as Alfre Woodard, Viola Davis, Phylicia Rashad and Gabrielle Union tackle the complex issues surrounding people’s perception of light versus dark skin. For more on #nextchapter visit http://bit.ly/1OPX6ah

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  • Haley Marlin Reply

    "This is dumb".
    Phylicia Rashad.

    February 1, 2019 at 12:55 am
  • Hipster B Reply

    Phylicia Rushad directed a production of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" that played in in London and every cast member except the male and lead was light skinned. I was disappointed to say the least.

    February 1, 2019 at 12:55 am
  • ToLovelyJesus Reply

    I truly adore Phylicia Rashad, but I wish that she would've let the dark-skinned girls speak more. Colorism is real and destructive, and being dismissive won't solve the problem.

    February 1, 2019 at 12:55 am
  • Shel King Reply

    Phylicia Rashad is the true definition of class and poise.

    February 1, 2019 at 12:55 am
  • melinda lee Reply

    I know this is a older episode but all due respect to Mrs. Rashad I know it might seem like “why are we still talking about this or giving this topic any energy” and I’m 💯 sure you have had many struggles in your lifetime but for girl/boys & women/men who are a darker skin complexion may need more healing and time to get through what thy have gone through. I’m a brown skin woman and even though I never got teased about my skin complexion but some of my darker complexion friends did & it pissed me the hell off! I believe it effected me damn nar more than them. I saw them cry I saw boys being mean to them so I felt an obligation to protect them and to educate the ignorance of some kids/adults. Sorry to rant but it takes others time to heal we just have to ride with each other and know that all of us are the s$&@!

    February 1, 2019 at 12:55 am
  • Mykiea Mcafee Reply

    We should have a white boy party lol

    February 1, 2019 at 12:55 am
  • Mykiea Mcafee Reply

    Seriously people still care about light skin dark skin

    February 1, 2019 at 12:55 am
  • Ky Cannon Reply

    I looovvvvee Phylicia, but she dismissed the issue which is what a lot of light skin women do when they start to feel guilty because they are preferred. You don’t have to feel guilty or defensive, just build an understanding and stop ignoring the facts by saying “nooo, that is a waste of time.” Well that’s the time we’re living in. Address it and try to aid in fixing it.

    February 1, 2019 at 12:55 am
  • Tee Reply

    I love black women so much

    February 1, 2019 at 12:55 am
  • Last Days Reply

    Miss Phylicia Rashad she was looking so confused on the Colorism issue within our community. Maybe she has never experienced the foolery about our skinned tone but the majority of us have. Mrs.Viola was looking at her towards the end and she was probably saying girl please!.

    February 1, 2019 at 12:55 am
  • MzSherry Pettye Reply

    Awesome words of wisdom Mrs. Rashad

    February 1, 2019 at 12:55 am
  • Lelo Gowana Reply

    Viola looking wakanda❤👆😘

    February 1, 2019 at 12:55 am
  • Yes, I expect you to read all of it. Reply

    Omg she's so Cosby-ish

    February 1, 2019 at 12:55 am
  • RiRi Copeland Reply

    Leave it to the light skin person of the group to try and change the subject 🙄. Lmao you can even see it on Gab's face lol

    February 1, 2019 at 12:55 am
  • Super Crys Reply

    Life is way to damn short to be doing this light skin vs dark skin debate.  There are so many issues within the black community.  I'm about to turn 27 I can't waste anymore time.

    February 1, 2019 at 12:55 am
  • LIFE STYLE Reply

    In order to quell the problem of colourism, blacks and biracial people need to be categorised as different race. Any one mixed with black should not be considered black, they should be considered biracial. If black keep accepting biracial people as blacks, there will always be issues .We should be not be intellectually disingenuous with ourselves, most not all blacks especially women do not like being dark or considered dark or referred to as Africans as descendants of Africa just the same way most white know they descended from Europe hence they are Europeans descendants .There are words used in the black community that are derogatory simply for being dark "black as hell, charcoal, burned, crispy etc" , The coined phrase made by blacks “You’re Pretty for a Dark-Skinned Girl” The continuing significance of skin tone in the Black community shows subliminally the preference within the black community of lighter skin.

    February 1, 2019 at 12:55 am
  • ayan Nuur Reply

    Gabrials foundation is way too light.

    February 1, 2019 at 12:55 am
  • Just Chilling Reply

    I love Mrs. Rashad but she basically invalidated their feelings and experiences by portraying it as an inconsequential issue; and does nothing to actually fix the problem within our community. It is clear from her response, that she has benefited from the inequalities of colorism thereby giving her a different perspective. Having differing opinions does not have to be a bad thing; as it reveals the complexity that exist within many of our societal ills. However, if you don't agree sit quietly and have the respect to let the other ladies express themselves freely. The only people you need to govern are your kids. #ByePhylicia

    February 1, 2019 at 12:55 am
  • Strode #4278 Reply

    Oprah is a supremacist. I couldn't care less what color someone is-everybody's beautiful in their own way.  If someone else was doing this they would immediately get called out for what it is.

    February 1, 2019 at 12:55 am
  • Benjamin Adams Reply

    Do Phylicia Rashad really think she was apart of the light skin thing…girl please

    February 1, 2019 at 12:55 am
  • Rebekah Light Reply

    It came from white people first then it came from us.

    February 1, 2019 at 12:55 am
  • Mimi Ford Reply

    What a liar.
    Oprah is coal black without her full makeup. Yet she has the nerve to pretend she's the color we know her as?

    February 1, 2019 at 12:55 am
  • Brad Lenaris Reply

    So sad, but true. I remember my mother telling me stories about the creoles from New Orleans who had to pass the brown paper bag test. If your skin was darker than a brown paper bag, in the black arena, then you were not allowed to get into certain venues. How pitiful is that?

    February 1, 2019 at 12:55 am
  • Darla Reborn Reply

    I have deep respect and appreciation for Phylicia Rashad, but being ignorant of the dynamics and calling it “dump”- which every woman up there knows- does not negate the fact that damage is being done within or community. And, like white people have to be willing to acknowledge the pain and suffering that white privilege causes, people of color have to be willing (in order to heal together) to acknowledge the pain and experience of others…even if it is not our own!

    February 1, 2019 at 12:55 am
  • johan sebastianbach Reply

    Listen..i love Phylicia but their is a time when one plays the lead guitar and then one plays the tambarine in the back…this is one of those instances,she will never know the othe ladies experience,,through no fault of her own of course

    February 1, 2019 at 12:55 am
  • Missiheartentertainment Reply

    I was as shocked as Phylicia.

    Clubs! 😮

    February 1, 2019 at 12:55 am
  • Roots Reply

    Evidence of the effectiveness of white supremacy.  Yes, black people, brown people, asian people, all people still perpetuate this.  That is the very power of white supremacy.

    February 1, 2019 at 12:55 am
  • Archetype Archetype Reply

    With all do respect to Phylicia, have several seats. It is very easy to say these things when having a more "palatable appearance". I often find her downplaying colorism  as if it does not exist. Or trying to "school" darker skin people on being too involved with color. Ms. Rashad we are not there yet, however the time is coming.

    February 1, 2019 at 12:55 am
  • Dimitri Marick Reply

    Because…. Because i am out of a corny quote to say

    February 1, 2019 at 12:55 am
  • St Peter Reply

    If my black sister drop that steong black woman crap they will be godesses once again

    February 1, 2019 at 12:55 am
  • Tk Rivers Reply

    The slave mentality and the willie lynch syndrome. It's time to wake up.

    February 1, 2019 at 12:55 am
  • Samantha Wade Reply

    This clip is way to short

    February 1, 2019 at 12:55 am
  • tamia11 falanna Reply

    All types and skin colors of the world are beautiful! Wasn't Oprah alot darker once upon a time? Perhaps it was just darker make up they used on her in her earlier roles she played.

    February 1, 2019 at 12:55 am
  • Preston W Reply

    There’s no such party flyers with lightskin vs. Darkskin on them. Gabrielle needs to stop lying

    February 1, 2019 at 12:55 am
  • chelseabryant6 Reply

    I love mrs rashad but that was something that needed to be discussed. Colorism is a huge issue in our community.

    February 1, 2019 at 12:55 am
  • Philip Cruz Reply

    The more talk of any color empowerment is dividing us causing tiffs because people do & always have opinions. I'm not gonna lie and say I dont see color. I do. But why talk about it making anyone else not that feel as if you're saying "oh you cant feel that way youve had it easy" (in a majority of cases I've seen or heard my life.) It's not even black & white no more (btw other colors matter too in the rainbow, it may not have been connected to slavery but some others do get races looks & discriminated or bullied but lets not compare; all racism sucks, all bullying sucks. Plus even if you do seem 100% check out ancestry or something cause your forefathers may suprise you, we're all mixes. Everyone. There are talks about people being light skin black & being argued about by dark black. It's a touchy & nonsense no one can win cause people get offended too easily & blow it out of proportion. I'm with Phylicia❤

    February 1, 2019 at 12:55 am
  • Calvin Reply

    This video made my Black Woman come out and I'm male preach Sistahs

    February 1, 2019 at 12:55 am
  • MAV-resater-T T N. Reply

    the origin of skin colors in the community go get the story.

    February 1, 2019 at 12:55 am
  • AthenaLolita2 Reply

    Ms Phylicia Radsha is so beautiful, classy and smart

    February 1, 2019 at 12:55 am
  • lovelygeminibren Reply

    I really admire these ladies but for mrs rashad to say, colorism and the light skinned vs dark skinned thing is stupid is a bit disappointing coming from her cause it was like she was dismissing it, she's light skinned and can pass for hispanic or latino which makes her a bit exotic to some in hollywood who prefer that with women of color over dark skinned women so maybe she didn't really experience it like these other ladies being dark skinned, I mean in a sense it is stupid especially in this day and age for something like this to still be happening but it's very much so a real thing that continues to happen

    February 1, 2019 at 12:55 am
  • Taylor Downing Reply

    Love Viola and Phylicia

    February 1, 2019 at 12:55 am

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