Dark Black Beauty

Last week, my baby and I came down with serious colds. Then I found myself mixing various concoctions trying to deal with a mysterious bump that popped out on my neck.  Life is rough, y’all. But I’m back and in full effect. The little one is better too 🙂

One of the things I had planned to write about, was the video floating around of the Brazilian beauty queen who was stripped of her title for being “too dark.” I was reminded of her plight after reading about a dark skinned model whose luscious lips were subjected to racist attacks on MAC Cosmetic’s Instagram page.

Despite the increase of folks of color in America, the beauty standard hasn’t evolved all that much. Let your eyes gaze magazine covers while standing in the check-out line. It’s still mostly white women who are featured. Occasionally, a woman of color will be tossed on the front page for the “diversity” issue. And that’s only if they fit the white standard somehow (light, skinny,  narrow nose, etc.).

As a darker black woman in her 40’s, I have had to fight “all my life” to love my skin tone/fuller lips. I find it fascinating that folks think it’s perfectly okay to treat darker people with such disdain. Anti-darkness is a sickness that needs to be treated in this country. We need to call out folks who engage in this behavior. All day, everyday. We don’t want a color caste system like Brazil. Brazil is a great example of what happens when white supremacy/internalized racism regarding beauty/social status is allowed to run amok.

It’s important we provide younger black folks with positives images of darker skin/”ethnic” looks. And be willing to challenge ourselves if/when black beauty standards also become stagnant.

Photo from:  jezebel.com

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DarkSkinRedLipProject

I heart when black women resist being oppressed by ignorant folks. A few months ago, rapper A$AP Rocky made disparaging remarks about dark-skinned black women. He stated that he didn’t think dark black women should wear red lipstick.
Black women bloggers have flipped the script and started The #DarkSkinRedLipProject featuring everyday black women sporting their favorite red lipstick (from their tumblr):

About the DSRL Project

You may think or have even heard someone say that girls with darker skin complexions shouldn’t wear pink or red lipsticks. (Most recently in the media ASAP Rocky) Some just state their opinion, but most times its said in a rude way out of ignorance. 
The key to rocking a beautiful red or pink lip is all in finding the right shade for your complexion.

So For Brown Girls will be putting together the largest collection of Dark Skinned girls rocking their favorite red lip to put an end to the stigma that exists with brown complexion and colors (makeup). 
There, a darker skinned girl hesitant to try a red lip will find confidence to step out of her comfort zone. She may also find suggestions on which shade she should try that will fit her complexion.

Ignorant males & people who have that belief in general will also be silenced to see so many beautiful dark complexioned women rocking their reds!

Reject A$AP Rocky’s colonized mentality by hitting him in his pockets and stop supporting him financially. He has since tried to clean up his comments, but it’s too late son.

As Maya Angelou so eloquently observed, “The first time someone shows you who they are, believe them.”

AMEN