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When Black Is Not Beautiful?

In Media, Movies, Relationships on January 14, 2012 at 7:44 pm

If you have Twitter, you have definitely seen the trends relating to dark skin v light skin women. If you are not living under a rock, you may have realised that society’s perception of black women is more complex than you think. We live in a society where the media controls our perception of beauty and corporate industries influence our beliefs and shape our personalities. We as people, have become attracted to a certain kind of beauty that the media has taken control of, and as a result, we are easily influenced and our beliefs continually shift. Constant shifting causes us to be insatiable towards beauty.

The media has a clear idea about what beauty is and what beauty should look like in society. If we had to make a definition of beauty in terms of the media, the definition would be as follows.

” As long as you look lighter, you look more beautiful. If you are darker, your beauty is worth less.”

In terms of the media and their control, beauty is exactly that and will never change unless we change our individual perception of beauty. Corporate industries are more likely to put a black woman with really light skin in their million dollar marketing campaign than a dark skinned woman. Even better, they would prefer to put a white woman who hasn’t got a shade of black. We as a society, accept these conditions because we have been conditioned to believe that fairer skin is more attractive, sexy or beautiful. Hollywood is an excellent example of beauty perception. When we see any type of film that is directed by a top Hollywood director, we never see a dark skinned women as the woman of great sex appeal. Instead we see someone that is white. It is like we use dark skinned women as a last resort.

In the clothing industry, the perception of beauty is even more apparent. A prime example of a shop that doesn’t have any advertising campaign with a black woman, or even a light skinned women is Hollister. I really like their clothes and fashion style, but I have never seen a poster with a black woman or advert with a light skin woman. We could say their demographic is middle-class white people, but if so many people of all cultures are purchasing their goods, they should change their marketing demographic a little. It is not like only white people shop there. You have a variety of people, of all nationalities and backgrounds. A different company, with a very similar style that does really well is Ralph Lauren. They cater for the same market, but they appeal to all people, from all backgrounds.

We need to start to appreciate all beauty. I talk to some of my friends from college and as guys we talk about women. A LOT. The conversation is interesting because we talk about typical women everyone likes. Women like Kim Kardashian, Beyonce, Kelly Rowland, Rihanna, Mila Kunis and Katy Perry. What I realise is that we never talk about dark skinned girls. We only ever talk about light skin women, like dark skinned women don’t exist. I mentioned Kelly Rowland, I know. Everyone loves her. She is like the dark skinned beauty queen of the world. I want to talk about the dark skin women we don’t see very often.

Beyonce looks ugly in the picture on the left. That isn’t her natural skin tone. Loreal obviously lightened her skin to make her look more beautiful. When they did that, they were hoping people would buy their product. Obviously, buying the product makes you look beautiful to a certain degree, but when you make a black woman look less black, it shows how the media is so against dark skinned women. Beyonce isn’t the only example. A lot of celebrities have been photoshopped to the max to increase a company’s income and present an idealistic look that isn’t true. We lose our identity and self value entirely. A sort of false consciousness, run by the capitalist society.

I want to stress that all women are beautiful. It doesn’t matter if you are dark skin or light skin. Black women are simply black women. They are all beautiful regardless of skin tone. I would also like to stress that we should appreciate all beauty, not only media’s perception of beauty. We should not be ignorant, stupid and/or foolish by going onto Twitter and any other social sites, debating if dark skinned black women are better looking than light skinned black woman. We should not easily be led by society’s perception of beauty but see the beauty that lies beyond the skin tone. If you are light skinned, appreciate it and feel beautiful. If you are dark skinned, appreciate it and feel beautiful. Don’t fight it and cause yourself to feel out of place. If you do feel out of place, the media has taken control of you.

I would simply like to say that I find it rather strange when a woman appreciates a dark skinned man compared to a light skin man. But when it comes to women, we prefer the opposite. My overall opinion on women, which I haven’t clearly given is this. I love all types of women regardless of nationality. Me being brought up in an African household, I feel closer to black women. When it comes to choosing a dark skinned woman or a light skinned women, I don’t give a shit. Just show me that you are a loving, understanding, caring, honest and a faithful human being and I will love you back. Simple as that.

PEOPLE THAT WATCH AND PEOPLE THAT DO!

In Media, Self Help on November 3, 2011 at 11:55 pm

In society, we have two types of people. The people that watch and the people that do.

The people that watch, always watch what people do. Then they say they want to do things other people are doing, but never actually get round to doing it. They want to do a sport but never go outside to practice. They want to become a rapper or singer, instead they watch so many YouTube video’s of celebrities but never practice. You have people that love to procrastinate. They say they will do something but never get to that point because they have other things on their mind. They lack dedication and drive. Some people simply don’t have time. I always curse 24 hours in a day. I wish the world had 48 hours in a day with short sleep intervals instead of a whole night of sleeping.

The problem with watching, is that you will never get things done. You will get excited by what is happening but never make strategic moves to do what you intended to do. It slows you down as an individual and can cause you to never achieve what you want. This can be avoided by changing your attitude towards what your aims and objectives are in life, and actively taking part in what you want out of life.

The active people in society, are those who actually do what they planned to do. They have passed the stage of watching (quite addictive) and onto the path of doing and achieving. Lets take Top Boy for example. It is a programme that has been aired on Channel 4 this week so far. The actors in Top Boy are actively doing what they want in life and achieving what they want to be (actors). For a percentage of people that watch Top Boy, they are watching the show for entertainment purposes. The people watching the show, a certain percentage are not gaining anything out of it, except entertainment. Entertainment is supposed to excite you, put you on edge and want you to come back for more. From entertaining you, a number of people stop doing what they want to do and achieve in life, and instead, give the actors success by watching their show. It is how the world works, especially the power, the media has on society and changing our thoughts and feelings towards certain things. So people watching Top Boy, are not gaining knowledge or intelligence or financial stability to live but instead, the actors are getting that in return. You are basically allowing the people in the media to gain a lifestyle you wish you had, by watching their shows and listening to their music.

 

You could criticise my view and say, you have worked so hard during the day that you deserve a break and freedom to indulge in art. That is a fair point. We should have times when we can just be lazy. You could question me and say life isn’t about being lazy, it is about being active. My alter-ego, TheLookoutDiary and myself (Derrick), still hold the opinion that the people that do instead of watch, benefit from society on a larger scale. So, as individuals what can we do to change that? We can spend more time achieving our dreams, whatever they may be, or watch active people achieve their dreams. It is up to you.

Due to my passion for writing, I have not watched any episode of Top Boy this week, and don’t intend to until my work is done and my writing for this week is complete.

Just Keep Going!

In Self Help on October 4, 2011 at 3:43 pm

You know when you were young and you had big dreams. You had dreams like becoming really rich, actor or music star like Beyonce or Kanye West. Then you learned about education and then dreams shifted to you wanting to go to Harvard, Oxford, Cambridge or LSE, while still wanting to be a music star or actor or TV presenter. Well, you can still live up to the dreams regardless of what your life has turned out to be.

I didn’t get the best GCSE grades but I still got accepted into sixth form. People think that if they don’t get high standards then their life is over but in actual fact, you can still get back up, dust yourself off and try again.

I believe that grades shouldn’t be the only thing that allows you to pursue your dream and gain success. I am not against education, I just feel that a lot can be learned from being practical in the world. If you look at the world at the moment, people are creating things in their spare time while educating themselves in something completely different. I am a blogger by night but by day, I am a college student studying Philosophy, Sociology, Business and English Literature. The only subject in that list that relates to me blogging is English. If you take time to develop something you enjoy, you will eventually become better and reap the rewards. It is always going to be hard at first but as time goes on, it will become easier and second nature.

What you have to understand about life, education, principles and socialising is that everyone is a human being. We all make mistakes and we are not perfect. That means that people are going to have to accept 98% achievement instead of 100% because again, no one is perfect. That also means that we can still come back to be closer to perfect if we learn from our mistakes. Everyone is different and that’s what makes us unique human beings. If people were perfect, life would be shit!

My advice to anyone reading this is to continue to fight to be the best at what you do but never give up because when you do, then you feel like something is empty inside of you!

 

 

SPORTS THAT LIVE ON THE STREETS

In Uncategorized on August 16, 2011 at 2:19 pm

I have always respected extreme sports but never had the guts to actually do it willingly because I have a fear of getting hurt. Yesterday, I watched Channel 4’s Street Summer Concrete Circus. It got the most talented and fearless skateboarders, bikers and free runners to express their talent in film. It is there, I realised that we ignore such talent that blossoms on the streets. I was happy that Channel 4 took the opportunity to seek out street culture because it is seen as disorder on the streets by many adults but teenagers seem embrace it to the maximum. Look at what teenagers wear. They wear Adidas, Converse and Vans which all relate to sports. Doesn’t that show that street culture is so important in life?

The people on this programme actually had something to say which was expressed in their talent. Words couldn’t translate what was on Channel 4 last night. Young and talented film makers, took their talent to the streets and filmed the talent that lives in these extraordinary human beings. In the programme you had people jumping from one building to another, you had another person doing a back-flip down a set of stairs and a skateboarder spinning round in circles on one wheel. I personally, haven’t seen that in my life, all in one film. In addition, you get a feeling inside you that makes you want to stop being lazy and go out into the word and take up such an exciting sport. It is also gives you very painful injuries. I used to skateboard and because of my fear of getting hurt, I slowed down completely till the point that I wouldn’t even attempt a trick, instead casually ride.

Should you watch it? Of course you should. A lot of people make up street culture and need to be recognised in society because they set trends that lots of people love to follow. I was impressed and I can definitely say you will be impressed!