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hmurchison
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Image Issues
You know I was at the front page and I saw a pic of a young black couple an it struck me about how similar these pictures always seem to be.

We've seen it a thousand times.

Young handsome dark black male with big smile in the company of
Young beautiful lighter skin black female with big smile.

Why are we allowing this negative image to be perpetuated? I get the feeling that if you are a black woman with darker skin your simply not considered as beautiful as a lighter skin black woman.

Males get a pass today (wasn't always that way...light skinned brothas were the thing back in the day)

Sometimes I feel that before we address the racism at large in today's world we need to focus on the elitism that affects our own culture.

It's sad that a darker black woman or man may feel that they cannot date another darker black for fear of having black black children. This is so damaging to our cultural psyche and very few people are actually addressing this issue.

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I agree Hmurchison, but I've searched the Mybrotha.com site and I didnt see that image. The images on the pages change often, but I dont remember it.

You make valid points though. Intra-racism is a big problem in black America.
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I'm not singlng out Mybrotha.com but I just find it kind of odd. I've seen some beautiful black women of darker complexion but I wouldn't stand a chance with many because of the omnipresent desire to lighten one's offspring. A shame really.
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What has been expressed here is not my experience. I know people of all colors and they are with each other based on love, respect, and admiration, no matter their color.

There are dark men with light dark and medium skin tones.
I have found that those who still carry the inferior attitudes about color are so concerned with themselves that they cannot even allow anyone to know them for who they are. They are constanly bringing up skin color, dark skin/light skin issues, and making comparisons when they see folks out together.

I hardly think that beause there may have been a dark skin man featured with a light-skinned woman that we must assume the man only prefers light women!

Please don't misunderstand. I am very aware that these issues are present (unfortunately) however I have found that it is not ones color but rather how they look that determines how attractive they are to others.

A man will always look at, and admire an attractive woman no matter what her color.


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That is most definitely true. I find that attractive is attractive regardless of skin color however I do see a different standard as applied to advertising. In advertising it seems like darker black women need not apply unless you have that ethnic quality that some companies are looking at for models. I just prefer to see my people on tv regardless of their shade. I'd like my darker sisters to have the same opportunities.
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"I'd like my darker sisters to have the same opportunities."

I agree, however I think most of us are so conditioned NOT to see sisters of a darker hue in ads/commercials that we are not paying attention to what is out there.

If you pick up any magazine today you are likly to see darker skinned females. In fact, almost every commercial has darker skinned actors and they are principals, not just background.

Also, I have found that the darker skin females do not go out for these types of jobs/opportunities as much as lighter skinned sisters do. This is of course because they feel that they will not be chosen. I wish more would go for what they want instead of staying in the background.

However, I understand and agree that the "color" issue is still an issue with black folk especially, in my opinion.
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If you pick up any magazine today you are likly to see darker skinned females. In fact, almost every commercial has darker skinned actors and they are principals, not just background.


This is true and I believe it has to do with the money-hungry media. Over the past 8-10 years, the media has made a conscious effort to portray more darker skinned sistas in commercials, on magazine covers, and even on billboards. I think this happened because of the revenue it generates. All of sudden, darker skin was, "in", so the media capitalized on it.

Years ago when darker skinned models like Iman and Naomi Campbell became supermodels, the media changed their focus. You started seeing dark-skinned, short-haired sistas on magazine covers, in Maybelline commercials, etc. (and some fine sistas they were!)

So, it's kind of a "grin and bare it", type of reaction for me. I'm glad to see darker skinned sistas getting the recognition they deserver, but I think it's unfair that they didn't get that attention until the media saw their pockets getting fatter.
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