Throwback: “Untitled” by Jennifer Lee


by Jennifer Lee


Our African princess is locked in a cage,
To afraid to go out, what would they say?
About her hair and skin and how dark she was
Reminds her of the sears in her heart- was cut
At a young age, she would always be blamed
She’s not modern beauty, its a dark age
Look in the mirror then turn the page
In your real life, is your princess caged?

No more “you’re pretty… [for a dark-skinned girl] .” Check out Pretty. Period. !!!!

No more “you’re pretty… [for a dark-skinned girl] .” Check out Pretty. Period. !!!!

Dr. Yaba Blay of Drexel University, a renown colorism scholar (who was also featured on CNN’s Black in America 5 with me), has created a response to the common half-hearted “compliment” — You’re pretty, for a dark-skinned girlThis response is Pretty.Period. a site dedicated to the beauty of brown skin.

“A visual tribute to brown skin. A visional testament to Black beauty. A vision board for healing.”

LaShawnte, one of the children in my colorism workshop featured in Black in America 5, is featured on Pretty. Period. as well, as Dr. Blay has become a mentor for her and a healer for her issues with colorism. 

The site acknowledges black beauty, including photos, testimonies and other forms of inspiration. Please check out this much needed food for the black soul!


Let’s all take a stand against being pretty for a dark-skinned girl, and stand up for being pretty, period!