The Question Light-Skinned Black Women Are Always Asked | Light Girls | Oprah Winfrey Network

The Question Light-Skinned Black Women Are Always Asked | Light Girls | Oprah Winfrey Network



African American actresses and media personalities with light complexions share their experience of being constantly bombarded with the same question in Bill Duke’s documentary ‘Light Girls’. For more on #Light Girls, visit Oprah.com.

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  • Sir Meliodas Reply

    The question they ask is "Are you white?"

    May 22, 2019 at 3:18 pm
  • Nikki Santana Reply

    So, I'm not the only one who's been asked this. Touches a nerve everytime.

    May 22, 2019 at 3:18 pm
  • Royal Jai Reply

    They prove there Blackness by hooking up with the darkest guy they can find LSW are pathetic …….

    May 22, 2019 at 3:18 pm
  • Sasha Lyles Reply

    always get asked if im mixed…no

    May 22, 2019 at 3:18 pm
  • atlsong byrd Reply

    What are you is the question I've been asked all my life

    May 22, 2019 at 3:18 pm
  • Gus Alcon Reply

    They are mixed. They aren't black some how I think it's wrong on their white parent as they don't seem to even mention their white heritage. Nothing wrong with being mixed but you gotta embrace both sides Not just one.

    May 22, 2019 at 3:18 pm
  • D-XtinaV Reply

    Light skin where!?๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ That is so ridiculous.

    May 22, 2019 at 3:18 pm
  • John Cheeks Reply

    Dna ancestry noterization finger print scanner and photograph identification system………me myself I tell everyone I'm black and what's the big deal

    May 22, 2019 at 3:18 pm
  • Tinker Bell Reply

    Lol I know I might get alotta back lash but long story short, light skin have it easy besides them being confused with everything. You are placed on a pedestal In society. Especially when it comes to the black community. Light skin women have it easy๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ most men want them and itโ€™s easier for them to get any job especially in the entertainment industry.

    May 22, 2019 at 3:18 pm
  • Pink Sunflower Reply

    The title should be questions bi racial wemon are asked……ijs

    May 22, 2019 at 3:18 pm
  • IIll IIll Reply

    I feel like itโ€™s messed up that I saw so many comments from other women denying lighter skinned womenโ€™s struggle. We all have our issues. I think dark or light we are conditioned to despise each other and be separated. This doc should have just been called โ€œfor black girls.โ€

    May 22, 2019 at 3:18 pm
  • Ashanti Burton Reply

    Ok for some of the people who saying lightskins are mixed they are not bc if u have a white mom or dad and a black dad or mom thats mixed but if both of u parents black and u came out lightskin u black PERIODTTT

    May 22, 2019 at 3:18 pm
  • Young Shrine Reply

    "Are you mixed?" I didn't watch the video but as a light skinned man that's the first thing

    May 22, 2019 at 3:18 pm
  • The Truth Reply

    All these women are dark and ugly.

    May 22, 2019 at 3:18 pm
  • Samantha Lewis Reply

    Society glorifies light women if you are dark skin Hollywood doesn't want you dark women are under rated. Why is black beautiful the black man always runs to a lighter woman had a black guy tell me he had to be with a lighter woman so his kids want have a hard time in life they will always have a light privilege card

    May 22, 2019 at 3:18 pm
  • AbsoluteMdot Reply

    I hate these questions I get asked as a light skinned black women. I'M BLACK!!!

    May 22, 2019 at 3:18 pm
  • Allen Reply

    Every Black person in America has White ancestors — excluding first and second generation Africans. So naturally some of us are going to have a lighter completion than others.

    May 22, 2019 at 3:18 pm
  • Yasmine Jolene Reply

    dark-skinned women are the most mean, hateful, nasty, racist, evil people on earth.

    May 22, 2019 at 3:18 pm
  • shirlecheer Reply

    Both of my parents are African Americans, but I still get as what am I.

    May 22, 2019 at 3:18 pm
  • Ben Cart Wright Reply

    First women was so beautiful goshhh

    May 22, 2019 at 3:18 pm
  • Ema Tee Reply

    I'm mixed and get asked this but always took it as a compliment.

    May 22, 2019 at 3:18 pm
  • Jasmine Easter Reply

    Lol this documentary is a slap in the face

    May 22, 2019 at 3:18 pm
  • Liota Rose Reply

    it didnt happen to me until i started to work in a predominately white grocery store

    May 22, 2019 at 3:18 pm
  • Mystique Reply

    These are clearly biracial women not lightskin black women

    May 22, 2019 at 3:18 pm
  • Bust down thotatiana Reply

    Some of these women are mixed race, not black.

    May 22, 2019 at 3:18 pm
  • Nova Starr Reply

    Ummmmm those women were biracial and Sharon Carpenter (chick with the British accent) isnโ€™t even black

    May 22, 2019 at 3:18 pm
  • J Di Re Reply

    Why canโ€™t you ask? People are curious by nature.

    May 22, 2019 at 3:18 pm
  • Jewel Hopson Reply

    Parade of Shades by Jewel Hopson is the only novel dealing with both sides of colorism. For more information check out https://www.jewelhopson.com.

    May 22, 2019 at 3:18 pm
  • Leah Mayb Reply

    Thats true im 11 and when i tell people im not mixed they like no way btw this is not my picture

    May 22, 2019 at 3:18 pm
  • know thyself Reply

    Lots of applications are now 2 or more races

    May 22, 2019 at 3:18 pm
  • Amber Williams Reply

    #teamlightskin๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜Š

    May 22, 2019 at 3:18 pm
  • Halliburton Roberta Reply

    I dont care i don't make a big deal out of what white people think of what race they thought i was they tell me im am so beautiful and being full bloodied colored they call me a very beautiful colored woman and asked me is my hair real or weaved in its real my parents are light skinned and nice hair and real light eyes i always get ask this queation from white people what race are you all the time

    May 22, 2019 at 3:18 pm
  • coco curls Reply

    i get asked all the time, "what are u?" smh STFU i'm lightskinned/black LEAVE ME THE HELL ALONE

    May 22, 2019 at 3:18 pm
  • Charles M Rinehart Reply

    The hairline should tell people what you are.

    May 22, 2019 at 3:18 pm
  • ninasamone87 Reply

    Why is Tatiana Ali speaking for light skinned women? Sheโ€™s dark skin!

    May 22, 2019 at 3:18 pm
  • Lisa Fraser Reply

    I hate the fact that a lot of shows show an attractive fairer skinned black woman and assume one of her parents are white Iโ€™m light and both my parents are black there are plenty black women who are light and have two black parents black folk come in all shades from lightest to darkest we are beautiful in all shades

    May 22, 2019 at 3:18 pm

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