[WATCH] Stanford Grad Student Perfectly Breaks Down Colorism During Recent TED Talk

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We all know that colorism–the belief that the lighter skin, the better–is incredibly prevalent in communities of color and around the globe. Just look at the documentary “Dark Girls or celebs bleaching their skin or the dozens on dozens of think pieces written about the topic.

Recently, the conversation was spoken about on the TED stage by Chika Okoro, a 2nd year MBA student at Stanford Graduate School of Business. Confessions of a D Girl: Colorism and Global Standards of Beauty, Okoro’s powerful and engrossing speech, touched upon her own personal experiences with colorism, the history behind this discrimination and how colorism is “just as sinister and subtle as racism.”

She starts off talking about a past Straight Outta Compton casting call that ranked women A-D, with medium and dark-skinned African-American women labeled “D-Girls” and “A” being the Beyonce types. Sigh.

“When I first read this, I felt betrayed, Any given year…

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