Dark and Lovely

Hey guys! I’m guest posting today over at Deidra Rigg’s blog, Jumping Tandem.  Come check it out!  

Back in October, Deidra did a series of posts titled “31 Days in My Brown Skin” that really resonated with readers and exposed a need for further dialogue on race, ethnicity, and culture.  The result is “Going There,” an ongoing guest post series on her blog in which Deidra graciously gives other writers a platform to share their perspectives on race issues.

After many months, I finished my post.  The pain of racism cuts deep and is never easy to express.  But, I stuck my head out, ever so gingerly, and let the words fall where they may.  Join me over at Going There today to hear my take on living “Dark and Lovely.”

dark and lovely

Here’s a taste: 
So, looking at Bill Duke’s documentary “Dark Girls” a few weeks ago on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) was a bittersweet experience.  I felt a sad camaraderie with those who had experienced the very harsh reality of colorism in this country.  But I really haven’t lived through the full strength of the ostracism that a darker hue has brought to many “dark girls.”  I will say, however, that it did break my heart to hear one lady say:  “My own people see no beauty in me!”  And she was a drop-dead-gorgeous dark-skinned lady!

Head on over to Jumping Tandem to read the entire post.  Share your thoughts and reactions, especially regarding incidents of colorism, shade-ism, and racism you may have encountered.


  1. Looking forward to reading your entire post. Congrats for confronting the issue of racism head on!
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  2. Hello! I’m behind you in the SITS Saturday Sharefest. Looking forward to reading your full post!
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  3. Hi Alison, just a short note to thank you again for allowing yourself to be used by God to encourage His people, I am truly blessed by your posts.

    Trusting God to continue to give you fresh insights,

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