Ethiopian actress Tsehaie Kidane speaks appears in Bill Duke's documentary 'Dark Girls' which examines how colorism impacts black women. (Screen capture)
Ethiopian actress Tsehaie Kidane appears in Bill Duke’s documentary ‘Dark Girls’ which examines how colorism impacts black women. (Screen capture)

Seminal actor/director Bill Duke’s documentary Dark Girls will premiere on OWN, Oprah Winfrey’s Network tonight at 10 p.m. EST. Dark Girls explores issues of colorism and internalized racism that black women face in society at large and within black communities. Duke’s motivation for making the film came out of his personal experience.

Clutch magazine’s Britni Danielle reports that Duke stated:

“It came out of an idea I had based upon my childhood, what I’d gone through and seen, and what I’d seen people that I loved go through, like my sister, my niece, and other children in my family, and in my life, and I wanted to really give a voice to the voiceless.”

Dark Girls – Trailer from American Film Showcase on Vimeo.

Although Dark Girls debuted on the festival circuit in 2011, this is the first time that the documentary will air on television. Prior to the airing, Academy-Award nominated actress Viola Davis, Tony award-winning actress Phylicia Rashad, Academy award-winning actress Alfre Woodard and celebrated actress Gabrielle Union will sit down and chat with Winfrey at 9 p.m. on OWN about their experiences as black actresses in Hollywood as part of her “Oprah’s Next Chapter” series.

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