TweetShare5Pin1+11Share7 Shares Yup you heard it right! LisaRaye McCoy has co-directed her first film “Skinned” and it’s debuting this weekend. It stars Jasmine Burke (Ride Along) as the main character Jolie, Drew Sidora (White Chicks, That’s So Raven), Brad James (For Better or Worse) as the husband and LisaRaye as Jolie’s Mom. The premise of the film will be focused on colorism within the worldwide black community. It’s based on the age-old, light skin vs. dark skin controversy and will show how the main character, Jolie, played by Jasmine Burke, deals with her personal issues of beauty by ultimately bleaching her skin. It takes us on a fast forward into her life, where she’s now dealing with serious health issues and facing an impending death because of her choices. Listen, when it comes to TV shows and Movies I’m normally very opinionated and can sometimes be a bit harsh if I feel the trailer doesn’t capture my attention or I notice things like bad acting, horrible plots or remakes being done way too soon. Those are the kinds of things that very quickly turn me off from even watching the opening credits. But hey it’s 2016. It’s a new year. I’m trying to have a new outlook on things and open up to new ideas, so I think I’m gonna give this one a try. As a black female and proud black woman amongst a sea of strong dark-skinned women in my life, I’m not quite sure exactly how I feel about the whole premise of an “epidemic” going on with skin bleaching. Not to downplay the real issue that still plagues us today, but I really wish we could have some type of professional survey done just to see how a broad range of women of color actually feel about their skin and bleaching. I say this because I think people tend to sling words around a little too easily nowadays, when speaking for a larger community of people. I’m also not too sold on the projected impact this film will have on women of color, but I will honestly give it a chance and watch it as objectively as I can. Skinned premiers this Saturday, January 9th at 8 p.m. EST/7 p.m. CST on TVOne. Check out the Trailer! Hey Ladies, Do You Think Skin Bleaching Is Still A Major Problem In The Black Community? The following two tabs change content below.BioLatest Posts Candice S. Founder, Editor-in-Chief of Women's Lifestyle Blog, Naturally Stellar | Beauty Writer and Content Creator | I left corporate life 7+ years ago, to pursue my goal of becoming a writer. Boom!! I did that! Now I'm an accomplished writer and boss babe running a successful blog business. You should hire me! #RockStarMoms Latest posts by Candice S. (see all) What’s New At Belk & Lancome Beauty Counters For Women Of Color - July 18, 2018 6 Helpful Things To Do Right After Your First Massage - July 15, 2018 Drop-In Childcare – What To Expect + 6 Nashville Area Centers - June 29, 2018 TweetShare5Pin1+11Share7 Shares 23 Responses Valerie Robinson January 18, 2016 These colorism issues are alive and well ask completely out of hand. I did not see it, but will hopefully catch the replay. Reply Chasing Joy (Arlett) (@Chasing_Joy) January 17, 2016 I tend to agree with you. I am sure this deep routed problem has not gone away but I wonder just how many people are effected by it. The show does sound interesting. Reply Kiwi January 15, 2016 Interesting concept. I know Lisa Raye has been working on this for a while…I dont know how I feel about the trailer saying the requirements are “Light SKin with a Big Booty”…was Lisa Raye putting comments of herself in the film? I dunno I just dont know where Ms.Raye got her inspiration from to make this kind of movie…it seems so exaggerated but I will watch and support and try to see the message. Trust me light skinned people have issues too but if we made a movie…oh no it would get laughed at and no one would take it seriously. Maybe thats why Lisa made this movie…because she didnt feel maybe her own personal struggles as a light skin woman would be as controversial for a movie. My opinion but we will see.. Reply Candice S. January 15, 2016 My thoughts exactly about the exaggeration Kiwi. The trailer threw me off big time when I first saw it. I was like O-O ,but I’m trying to improve myself in 2016 and give some movies a chance. Yeah that light skin with a big booty comment…huh? Last time I checked most black men just like big booties, I don’t think skin tone or race even matters lol. Reply KoKoa Media/Branding (@KoKoaMagazine) January 15, 2016 I don’t think skin bleaching is as rampart as that but maybe I live in the clouds. I know there is an issule between lightskin and darkskin that will probably never go away. Reply Candice S. January 15, 2016 I’m not too sure it’s rampant at all but yes that light vs. dark debate is like death & taxes. Reply Jonna Scott-Blakes January 14, 2016 I wish I could’ve watched but we don’t get TV One. I wonder if it will show anywhere else. Reply Candice S. January 15, 2016 I checked and their FB says it’s showing ONLY on TV One Jonna. So far people have given it a 5.9 out of 10 on IMDB so idk, maybe Netflix might pick it up after it’s run on TV. Reply Mimi Green January 14, 2016 I don’t believe skin bleaching is an epidemic. I think it’s an issue is some areas but that applies to all kinds of topics. I probably won’t watch. Reply Candice S. January 15, 2016 Yeah I agree Mimi Reply LaQuisha Hall January 14, 2016 So glad that you shared this! I was a part of a movement called the Black Doll Affair that spoke to these issues. It is so important to teach self-love to our community. Reply Candice S. January 15, 2016 Laquisha, I’m gonna have to look up the Black Doll Affair, I’ve never heard of it. I do think we’re getting better at self-love but that’s why it’s so important for all of us to keep reaching kids at young ages and teaching them about a positive self esteem and loving who they are. Some media messages don’t really help either but that’s another battle. Reply Siobhan Sudberry (@BeFreeProject) January 13, 2016 Sounds like an interesting film. I don’t know anyone who uses bleaching cream to lightening their skin and honestly I didn’t know it was still a thing. Great post thanks for sharing! Siobhan http://www.befreeproject.com Reply Patricia January 13, 2016 I think this film will be very interesting to watch. However I am not sure if it an epidemic. Reply Donna Shana (@byDonnaShana) January 13, 2016 Ok, when I was reading I was a little leary. But after I watched the trailer, I think it might be ok. The topic is definitely a good one. And I think it’s so sad that this is still an issue. Keep praying and teaching our girls and women. Heck, and men! LOL Reply Candice S. January 13, 2016 Yeah I’d be curious to know how many men bleach or have a preference for a specific skin tone. Reply Jovanhanna January 13, 2016 I saw the trailer and this is something I have to see. I missed the premiere. This an issue that needs to be discussed. Reply Allison Jones January 13, 2016 I hate I missed the debut! I definitely need to watch this because skin tone is a major issue in our community. LiveLifeWell, Allison Reply Candice S. January 15, 2016 I believe it’s coming on again for an encore presentation tonight Reply Jamila January 12, 2016 I had a chance and was able to watch this movie. It was pretty good for Lisa Raye’s first directoral debut. This movie brings up a lot issues that go on in the black community. I personally don’t know anyone that uses bleaching cream, but I know there are many people out there using them. Reply Candice S. January 13, 2016 I’m the same Jamila, I don’t know anyone that uses skin bleach, but I know there are people out there that do. Reply Passportsandgrub January 12, 2016 I will have to watch this.. my bff is of light complexion and has real issues around people saying she is light Reply Candice S. January 13, 2016 I used to have issues as a kid with people either calling me “yellow” or “light skinned” or telling me they didn’t like me because “You think you’re better than me”. I was never “that girl”, little did they know, I was very self conscious because I wasn’t dark like my mom and other cousins. The grass isn’t always greener. As an adult I’m proud of the way God made me. 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