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In today's society and culture I feel more people are inclined to portray beauty as it being lighter. Music videos, TV shows and Movies always has the loyal darker tone wife and the mistress or side-chick being lighter skin toned or even more taboo a different ethnic background. Overall the media portrays lighter skin tone as being more desirable. This issue isn’t just in the African American culture; it falls over to Indian, Native American, Dominican and Latino. Colorism, is real and people of darker complexions have been dealing with the subliminal shots for some time now. A subliminal shot for example would be, Power, the Starz TV show everyone is raving about, Tasha {Wife, African American, Darker Skin} Angela {Mistress, Latino, Lighter Skin} I understand people will have their preferences and that is fine but I also do think everyone should have a fair shot in being desirable because everyone women is.

I used this thought because it had a lot to do with an event I attended over the weekend called Complexions: A Rich Colour, this exhibit / show was an artistic experience bringing awareness to the trouble we have in our own African American culture, Colorism which was a term created used as principle that those of lighter, fairer skin are treated with higher regard than those with darker skin. Basically, people with lighter complexions are put on a pedal stool. We need to stop giving people a pass because of their appearance but first acknowledge their salt, their purpose, their magic. Do we really value the color of our skin? That is asked to the person who is the lightest and the person who is the darkest. This event took me by great surprise because when purchasing the tickets I was not aware of what exactly the event would be, I knew it would have to do with black arts and culture which was an automatic yes from me but the marketing of this campaign also sold me too.

Walking into the exhibit the walls where decorated with art by Alim Smith.

The floor and main social area had live models posed as mannequins with clothing that mimicked their skin tone to give the illusion of bare skin. There was a harp being played with music that you could actually recognize which I thought was a great detail to the event. The event kicked off with a poetry conversation with women of different hues {dark and light} proclaiming their fair share of Colorism and how they perceive it in their world. Each lady really did a marvelous job in bringing awareness on how we as women are projected and based on our skin tone determines how far we get thrown.

The one poet that really spoke to me was Shaa'ista Clarke her portion of this event really hit home for me on so many different levels. Her work is phenomenal as a poet who stated she doesn't write often but Akin Bethea {event creator} always pulls out the best in her. Towards the end of the night I got to speak with Akin whom created this fabulous event and said that he loved the fact that upon attending we didn't know what to expect and he surpassed our expectations. He was really pleased at our reaction, as we also were at his event. Akin owns Atypical Society an event production and talent business.

This exhibit really set the standard for me and Colorism and also how I brush it to the side so much that I have become immune to being the "underdog" but I refuse to claim that, Yes I have a darker complexion but I honestly love that about myself. I love that I stand out but also love that I'm not stuck or lost at the fact that society pants a certain beauty for women of color. I simply rise to the occasion address the oppressor, if any, and lead with a smile. Overall we all have a story but yet society tends to want to divide us. How often do you pay attention to your color and how its portrayed in your world?

#Colorism #fashion #fashion

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