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Within the African American community there has been an on-going debate about skin complexion preference. Some people prefer light skin, some dark. But why is there a preference? Does one pigment have superiority over another? Is one prettier than the other? Tune into today's show to talk about light skin vs dark skin and where YOU fit in.
Complexion of America Reel Talk Radio will be taking a 3-part look into the true “Complexion of America” today. With all the chaos surrounding the Trayvon Martin death and the recent trial that is taking place, has many American’s taking sides on the issue. One question that keeps surfacing is, “If Trayvon Martin was white and George Zimmerman was black would this be an open and shut case?”
We are going to tackle the Paula Dean story that now have Americans thinking and questioning is Racism dead? Is there a way for Mrs. Dean to recover her image in the public and will she be viewed as a racist? Lets cap off the show with color, is the color of your skin a big issue in all communities? Why is it seen as a bad thing, or issue to be too dark-skin, or too light skin, and the growing misconceptions about the many complexions in America? What’s your skin, light, or dark?
Yes we have been gone for a while and now we are back and ready to talk and listen. Reel Talk Radio, “Where Life is a Movie.”
Complexion of America Part 2
Reel Talk Radio will be taking our second look into the true “Complexion of America” today. With all the chaos surrounding the Trayvon Martin death and the recent trial that is taking place, has many American’s taking sides on the issue. One question that keeps surfacing is, “If Trayvon Martin was white and George Zimmerman was black would this be an open and shut case?”.. How do yo feel like the trial was handle?
We are going to tackle the Paula Dean story that now have Americans thinking and questioning is Racism dead? Is there a way for Mrs. Dean to recover her image in the public and will she be viewed as a racist?
Since slavery, African Americans have been manipulated to find fault among one another based on skin complexion (does anyone have a paper bag?...) Perhaps this is due to loss of identity, lack of self-esteem and/or lack of knowledge. Through this "mental enslavement" it has been easier to look at our differences rather than what we have in common. What do you see when you look at the mirror? What kind of judgment(s) do you make based solely on how someone looks? Are you happy with you
The issue of black self-hatred is something I am supposed to pretend does not exist. However, the great French psychiatrist Frantz Fanon wrote about this issue in his groundbreaking book Black Skin White Masks, in a chapter called "the Lived Experience of the Black Man". According to Fanon, the black man is viewed in the third person, and he isn't seen as a three-dimensional human being. The black man internalizes the perspectives of white society and its negative thoughts about blackness affect his psyche. In the chapter, Fanon discusses a white child calling him the "N word" and how he becomes cognizant of how he is different and viewed as someone people should fear.
There is also a fear by some black people that discussing the issue of self-hatred is a sign of weakness. There is a discourse that black people engender: that black is beautiful. But the truth is, the image of blackness is ugly – at least it's perceived that way. There is nothing special or wonderful about being a black male – it is a life of misery and shame.
The issue of black self-hatred is usually depicted from a female point of view. There are documentaries such as Dark Girls which aired on Oprah's OWN network earlier this year, in which black women discuss their feelings of self hatred for having dark skin. There are numerous books, articles, documentaries, and essays published by black female writers describing black self-hatred. Black women are not afraid to speak out about their self-loathing, yet for some reason, black men are silent about our own contempt for what we are.
Federally, among the illegal aliens coming into this country, is about 65,000 unaccompanied minors. Many believe the flood of incoming illegal immigrants is orchestrated, seeing it as child abuse by the federal government.
These illegals are being specifically shipped into conservative areas in California, Texas, Arizona, and Oklahoma, a strategy that some believe is designed to change the complexion of the electorate, as well as influencing the ratio between republicans and democrats in the House of Representatives.
Tonight, Elizabeth Letchworth, our Capitol Hill insider, gives us her take on what Congress can and must do about this -- if they can do anything about it at all.
Issue: Skin color and complexion is a hotly debated topic in the black community. It is not being debated again as a new up and coming Disney starlet has been cast to play the departed R & B Singer, Aaliyah. Someone will always think your complexion is too light or dark; even someone who shares your racial backgroud. Seems like there is no just right for us. Who's to Blame?
Do we Blame history and Willie Lynch? Or do we Blame ourselves for perpetuating the exploitation of Lynch. Or is this just a consequence of us being different?
Hello everyone, we took off for Memorial Weekend but we are back! The topics tonight include some listener feedback and a quick look at racism versus prejudice.The 5 Man Laws we jump into tonight include:
listening to your woman
permission/confirmation on being a man
inquiring about another man's problems
equating a man's complexion to a flavor
the use of glitter
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Don’t let the concept of contouring intimidate you! Paula and Nathan join forces to reveal how you can use makeup to reveal a slimmer, younger-looking face and neck! These two experts reveal which brushes are best for sculpting features and which products are tops for creating a soft yet contoured complexion that rivals the best celebrity makeup you see on the red carpet.
For more beauty tips, visit the Expert Advice Section of PaulasChoice.com.
Continuing our tackling of the internal issues that maybe factors in the stagnation of the African-American community...tonight we touch on the age-old war between the various complexions in the rainbow of African-Americans. Historians and researcers pose tehoeries that the reason for these battles are attributed to pre-disposed and conditioned thinking passed down to us from our ancestors from slavery days. Others beleive it is merely personal choices and confusion as to what is "better, prettier, or more correct". Whatever the reasons may be, are these wars about skin complexions yet another factor of internal hating? Join me at 10 pm EST to share your thoughts.
Skin Color, whether we want to believe it or not, is still the elephant in the living room in the hearts of Black people the world over.
While many Black people will readily cry out at the first sign of what they may feel is an encounter with racism, some of those same individuals will execute the same twisted mentality when dealing with people who are of their own race.
Other races of people will look on from the outside of this type of hypocrisy and remain befuddled as it just doesn't seem to add up properly.
How can one complain about being prejudged because of the color of their skin yet turn around and do the same damn thing to some of their own?
Most would agree that this behavior has been internalized after being made to believe that we are truly inferior after hundreds of years of mental indoctrination while in slavery.
This is the case all the way up to the present time with the media brainwashing that continues to perpetuate these foolish myths.
Too many Black people are buying into this hook, line and sinker!
"SOME" Blacks who are of a lighter skin complexion can oftentimes feel superior to those who are darker. Many (BUT NOT ALL!) darker complected Blacks feel as sense of inferiority when compared to the lighter skinned Blacks when it comes to the expected treatment that they feel they will get when going up for a job or being considered by a potential romantic partner.
Let me officially say that THIS IS NOT ALL!
But many of us who are truly conscious and know better can sometimes slip into this twisted way of thinking in our everyday lives.
While many will defend those hateful practices of plastic surgery to alter their features or bleaching cream to lighten their skin, the fact of the matter is that self hate is a huge business and those who seek to profit from it is are all wolves in sheeps clothing.
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