By: Taren Vaughan
The “Dark Girls” documentary on OWN is set to premiere this upcoming Sunday on the network and it has already generated much conversation among viewers. Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network is doing rather well in the ratings department these days, thanks to Tyler Perry’s new show “The Have and the Have Nots” pulling in record-breaking numbers for the network and other hit shows like “Iyanla: Fix My Life.” And the media mogul is hoping to see the same thing happen with upcoming documentary “Dark Girls.”
In a sneak peek clip of the documentary, Hip-Hop author and journalist Soren Baker, a white man who is married to black woman, describes the attraction he developed for women of all races as a young boy. And Soren talks about his father’s reaction to the idea of him marrying a black woman:
“I remember distinctly a conversation that I had with my father when I was in elementary school where I went up to him one day. Of course I didn’t understand everything that has to deal with racism or race relations at that point in my life. But I did realize that I was attracted to, in more than a social way, women of all ethnicities. And I remember distinctly going to my father and saying ‘Dad, would you mind if I did marry a black woman one day?’ And his response to me was ‘As long as she looks good, I don’t care what color she is.'”
In addition to Soren opening up about marrying outside of his race and his love for women of all races, another man who is also involved in an interracial marriage discusses his wife’s skin tone.
In a second clip, one African-American woman describes what she experienced on a trip she took with her friends to Cancun, Mexico and how the men there continuously complimented her on her beautiful skin, yet she says doesn’t understand why she doesn’t get that same treatment from black people:
“I went to Cancun several years ago. It was four of us. It was two of us that were dark and two of us that were fair-skinned. And when I got over there, I had the men all at my feet, I got a proposal, I got gifts. I’m like ‘What is going on?’ And they would tell me ‘You have such beautiful skin. Is that your hair? Did you dye it? Is that your natural color?’ Black folks like at me like ‘She just black. Why are they trippin’ so?’ And you know, it’s really questionable to me. Why is it that they think that I’m so beautiful and my own people don’t see any beauty in me at all.”
Another African-American woman, Nalo Hampton, talks about the fact that men tend to treat her differently behind closed doors versus when they are out in public together.
“Dark Girls” will premiere on OWN this Sunday, June 23, at 10 PM EST
Check out the sneak peek clips of the documentary below: