Unfortunately the argument around differences in skin pigmentation is a heated topic that arises far too often in the black community. The phrase “you’re pretty…for a dark skinned girl” for example is one of the common ignorant comments passed around.

However, looking deeper at the issue, the reality is that there are some individuals of darker complexions who actually dislike themselves and go through excruciating measures to try to lighten the color of their skin.

Lisa Raye’s film, Skinned, looks at one woman’s story who resonates with this truth.

The main character, Jolie, feels so much discomfort in her own skin that she resorts to skin lightening creams to try to make herself appear lighter.

The film’s original debut was during the Bronze Lens Film Festival in Atlanta, Georgia this past November but will be making it’s way to television on TV One in January of 2016.

While documentaries like “Dark Girls” examine attitudes about skin color, the film Skinned addresses the issues of color and self-acceptance in a realistic story- telling kind of way.

Due to low self esteem the main character bleaches her skin thinking it will solve all of her problems only to discover years later than her usage of bleaching creams have resulted in health complications due to the harsh chemicals within them. She then goes deeper and journeys back to where it all began with the help of her psychiatrist in an effort to face the underlying issues head on and in hopes of moving on positively through the rest of her life.

From the trailer alone the film appears to be interesting while covering a bit of a taboo topic that many women of color struggle with. I feel that it is important to discuss and bring awareness that there’s beauty in all shades, especially to our youth. Our young girls need to know that the color of their skin has nothing at all to do with their beauty, but it’s what’s within and how you view yourself.

Will you be checking out Skinned next month?