Tuesday, June 7, 2011


As the normative ideal for beauty in a Western World is Western... Being the stark opposite is harrowing.
Alienated as an other is no walk in the park.

Recently Naomi Campbell sued the chocolatier Cadbury for unlawful use of her name, but finding the ad offensive was the primary reason legal action was sought. The advertisement promotes Cadbury's milk chocolate bar Bliss and states the following:
"Move over Naomi, there's a new diva in town."
Such comparison has infuriated Miss Campbell and she is liable to throw a phone at the first personal assistant to have the misfortune of crossing her path, but is she overreacting? Or do her social experiences, her life lens as a darker complexioned woman validate her frustrations?

If being compared to the most beloved treat this side of the 17th century is an insult worthy of a class-action law suit, the psychological drama of possessing a melanin infused epidermis is deeper than a Comparative Literature analysis of Invisible Man at academia's elitist institutions.

Born to Nigerian immigrant parents, American rapper Wale wrote Shades detailing a male perspective of Naomi's projections, the projected insecurities of many ebony brethren. Considering David Stead of BBC's Africa Have Your Say, Georgia State University for the Psychology of Women Quarterly, and aspiring journalists in the heart of one of the United States' Black mecca's published recent features investigating "skin bleaching," a bleak reality of the fragility of the collective Black psyche appears to be seeking exposure and remedy.

Dark Girls, an upcoming documentary directed and produced by noted thespian Bill Duke, explores the effects latent racism outside of the Black community and the adopted complexion complex within the Black community has on the esteem, development, and quality of life of Black individuals, specifically Black women of a browner tone.

If the purpose of the film is to radically alter inimical beauty ideals or if it is to steadily raise confidence levels in spite of, the over-arching mission should be comfort within and appreciation of the skin. you. are. in. 

Chocolate is not and has never been the enemy Naomi.

Chocolate is delicious.

The enemy is...

That shade of Seaside Heights orange is r i d i c u l o u s.

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