Ever Been Told ‘You’re Good-Looking for a Dark-Skinned Woman’?

Why does mainstream popular culture and Black and Asian cultures revere light skin while affording less value and worth to darker complexions?

Read my book, Layers of Blackness: Colourism in the African Diaspora and find the answers. Free to read online or to download the PDF.



…I just want to say [thank you] for the above book you have made available. I also purchased your excellent book Inside the Ivory Tower: Narratives of Women of Colour Surviving and Thriving in British Academia. I purchased the latter as I have been conducting research on UK working class academics. Thanks so much for both books as they are much needed and very useful.

Dear Deborah,
As a Jamaican growing in the UK, certain terms such as good hair, browning and red skin have always made me curious as to why we as a community view lighter to be better.

Thank you so much for writing this. I was writing a dystopian piece of fiction for my creative dissertation and wanted to incorporate themes of colourism. A question popped into my head and I wondered if there were fragments of colourism in Africa before slavery happened. I did a quick google search and your paper came up! Again, many thanks for this paper.

I am taking an African American and Africana Studies course at my college and we are currently working on research papers. I thought it would be interesting to take a look at the history of colorism and I hope reading your work will help me understand more. Thank you.

I am an undergraduate at the University of the West Indies and my major focuses on a combination of race, class, gender and ethnicity, especially within the Caribbean. This study will be a major help in helping to identify the root of Eurocentrism and colourism in the Caribbean.

Hi madam. I read your paper on Layers of Blackness and it has afforded me additional knowledge on this issue of colourism. I would just like to say thank you for that.

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