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November 25, 2016

28 Women on Instagram Who Are Bringing Dark-Skinned Beauty to the Forefront

Colorism and the degradation of dark skin are lingering effects of slavery and colonialism. Dark skin is often associated with poverty and lack of privilege, beauty and class. But these perceptions are starting to shift. Women with very rich complexions are flaunting their melanin and gaining followings on social media for their beauty and unapologetic self-embrace. Here are 28 women who are bringing dark skin to the forefront.

Literally fierce. 

Pout

https://www.instagram.com/malaan_ajang/

Diggin’ the no makeup look. 

Stunning. 

I’d like to attend whatever masquerade ball she’s going [...]

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September 4, 2015

Besouro

[youtube url=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CFVFvxPjK7o” video_size=”wide” /] On the other hand, we denounce with righteous indignation and dislike men who are so beguiled and. The true story of Manuel Henrique Pereira, who rose to fame in Brazil as a fighter for freedom and a master of Capoeira (a fusion of dance and martial arts), is brought to the screen in this historical drama. In the early 1920s, slavery had been outlawed in Brazil, but that did little to improve the lives of the poor blacks that worked the nation’s plantations and were still treated like beasts and not men. Col. Venancio (Flavio Rocha), the owner of a large agricultural operation, is [...]

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September 2, 2015

12 Years a Slave

While it is not the role of critics to tell people which films to see and which to avoid (audiences make those decisions for themselves), let me begin by saying that if you have any interest in cinema – or, for that matter, in art, economics, politics, drama, literature or history – then you need to watch 12 Years a Slave. If, as now seems possible, this very powerful film from British director Steve McQueen achieves a clean sweep in the forthcoming best picture categories, it will be a rare example of awards ceremonies getting it right.

That McQueen may be on the verge of becoming not only the first black film-maker to win an Oscar for best [...]

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