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Dark skinned women are now being celebrated, but don't blame us for scepticism

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Colourism – defined as ‘prejudice or discrimination against individuals with a dark skin tone, typically among people of the same ethnic or racial group’ – has always been the most acceptable of the ‘isms’.

No doubt because it’s seen as an internal issue – a form of ‘black on black crime’ that allows white people to point the finger (‘they’re being racist to themselves! See, even black people don’t like black people!’).

Its roots lie in white supremacy, though – the lighter you are, the whiter (read: better) you’re often deemed – and whilst it affects everything from dating prospects to employability, it’s most visible in the entertainment industry.

Whether it be the dearth of dark skinned actresses or lyrics that only sing the praises of those who are fair, colourism in the media is rife.

But over the past few years, the tide has gradually begun to turn, with musicians in particular making up for lost time regarding dark skinned representation.

There has been a spike in affirming songs; last year saw the release of rapper Big Tobz’s ‘Black Girls’, Ghetts’ ‘Black Rose’ and Lioness’ ‘DBT’ remix. This summer, Beyonce’s ‘Brown Skin Girl’ graced many an Instagram caption.

These songs are special because they address dark women specifically: in the rare instances black women are celebrated it tends to be for perceived proximity to whiteness, for........

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