“Is The Face Of Young Black Feminism Light Skinned And Biracial?”: Colorism and the African American community

Abi Ishola addresses the topic of colorism and its influence on the African American community. For years, we have tried to confirm to the standards of Eurocentric beauty in order to fit in. There is a much lenient crowd to address in this day and age as to what true beauty is,however, are we effectively taking  advantage of this opportunity as a people? Ishola states that most of the faces who represent young, black feminism are light skinned and biracial. She is appalled at how the patterns of slavery still exist in our world. She further states that even though girls like Amandla Stenberg and Zendaya Coleman may have been victims of intersectionality, they do not truly understand what it is to be a dark black girl. Her evidence is centered around the fact that many people do not know the founders of the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement but know the two actresses instead. I think that this is very controversial topic and there is probably a less superficial reason as to why we choose to be represented by such individuals. After all, it would be nice to have pictures “as colorful as we are as a people”.

Abi Ishola Beyond Classically Beautiful - BellaNaija - January 2015

Abi Ishola- Founder of Beyond Classically Beautiful, multimedia journalist and fashion blogger.

Photography: Kunle Ayodeji

Works Cited:

Ishola, Abi (05/26/2016 11:36 am 11:36:05) Is The Face Of Black Feminism Light Skinned and Biracial. Retrieved from  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/beyond-classically-beautiful/face-young-black-feminism_b_10124188.html?utm_hp_ref=black-voices


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