Light-Skinned, Dark-Skinned or In-Between?

“Light-Skinned, Dark-Skinned or In-Between?”

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I have written and self-published my FIRST book! It’s a children’s book that focuses on skin color within the African-American community — it’s titled “Light-Skinned, Dark-Skinned or In-Between?”

The book focuses on Nefertiti, a young, dark-skinned girl that faces mistreatment because of her dark skin and African features. Amidst this mistreatment, Nefertiti idolizes the extra special treatment given to the new girl in town, Tiara, who is light-skinned. This mistreatment is solely based on skin color. Learn more about colorism-a form of discrimination usually within an ethnic group where a person’s value is measured by the shade of his or her skin, and explore a story many women have witnessed or even lived through themselves. The book also explores self-esteem, self-love and unity.

“Light-Skinned, Dark-Skinned or In-Between?” THE DOCUMENTARY!
In February 2011, I completed a documentary on colorism, exploring the psychological and social effects of colorism on men and women & children and adults of all ages. I am currently presenting the documentary during my seminars and various events. You will be AMAZED to see how something as small as complexion has caused so much controversy for many people of color. The politics of hair are also briefly highlighted in this piece.


CMB: COLOR ME BEAUTIFUL | A Workshop Featured in CNN’s Black in America 5 with Soledad O’Brien

“Love the skin you’re in” is a popular phrase used by many; however, too many of us — children, adults, men and women alike — truly don’t love our skin, or ourselves at all. This MUST be addressed.

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CMB is a workshop created and conducted by Kiara Lee. It addresses colorism, self-esteem and respect, for ourselves and for one another. The workshop has been done with children and adults; it has been proven to increase self-esteem via entrance and exit analyses.

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The politics of hair, skin and the history of colorism are covered in CMB. Depending on the demographics of the group, these topics are discussed accordingly, making CMB appropriate for all.


Lee’s book, “Light-Skinned, Dark-Skinned or In-Between?” and other interactive tools are used in the workshop. CMB makes it so EVERYONE is involved, participating, learning and having fun all while bonding with the group and building self-esteem.


“Since CMB, I noticed that the kids are actually reaffirming themselves. Never before did they all stand up and clap for each other or reaffirm each other period. This really showed me your work truly helped!” — at-risk program coordinatorIMG_3738

For more information or to bring CMB to you, contact Kiara Lee.

email: | business phone: 804.337.6197 | twitter: @kiaraleetweets



5 thoughts on “Light-Skinned, Dark-Skinned or In-Between?”

  1. Kiara, I heard your interview with Ms. Community Clovia on 104.7 FM this morning. I too am disturbed that “colorism” is still an issue amongst the Black Community. I applaud your work and committment to change this mentality starting with our young people. When I was younger, I was guilty of pepetuating the name calling against my darker siblings using some of the same names you started your speech with. I was young and ignorant of the depth of the wounds created by the difference in the color of one’s skin. I am “in-between” but the lightest of my mothers children. My mother did not show any preference. My Sisters perception is that others favored me becuase I was lighter. Although, I was favored, I believe it was more of my “bubbly personality” as opposed to just my looks. A deeper look may show that subconscioulsy I had a higher self esteem as a result of others reaction to me or maybe I just always valued myself. My point is it could be a consideration to validate the color issues you present. today is a very different reality for my Sisters who are both very confident in their beauty. So there is hope for those who have been scarred to learn the value of self love in the face of many subliminal messages which propetuate the opposite message.

  2. Greetings! When I was a child growing up in the 60s/70s I was called all types of demeaning names like Tar Baby because I’m Dark-Skinned. I would come home crying from school. My Dad used to comfort me by saying, “The Blacker the berry the sweeter the juice. If the berry’s too light it has no use.”

    A case that touched my heart was the Kheris who was bullied by both her teachers as well as the other students because of her Dark Skin.

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