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Since 2018 is all about rewriting old, worn out narratives that hinder society, now is the perfect time to address colorism in television in film.

You’ve seen it before: people of lighter complexions are usually cast as kind, attractive, sweet and good — while people with richer or darker skin get cast as the evil, sassy, undesirable one. Lighter skinned folks are even called “fair” sometimes — which can easily make a brown young girl feel she’s not “fair” enough.

Those weird family representations and mixups often happen in Hollywood. They’ll cast a racially ambiguous kid to fully Black parent. Or remember when they replaced dark skin Aunt Viv with light skin Aunt Viv?

And we know Little Richie couldn’t be related to the rest of the Winslows’.

When folks who benefit from the light skin privilege of being a Black America speak out, (like Amandla Stenberg on turning down the role of Shuri in Black Panther), it actually feels like we’re making progress. But we still have a ways to go.

Hit the flip for more times we realized that colorism was a real thing in Hollywood.

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