01.30.2019

Golden Brooks on Colorism In America: ‘If You’re Dark, You’re Not Considered As Beautiful’

Golden Brooks on Colorism In America: ‘If You’re Dark, You’re Not Considered As Beautiful’ Photo Courtesy TNT

It’s been years since Golden Brooks dazzled TV audiences in the hilarious sitcom, Girlfriends, but the actress has returned to the small screen in a much different role.

In I Am the Night, Brooks stars alongside Chris Pine and India Eisley in TNT’s new limited drama that’s inspired by true events.

The show centers on Fauna Hodel, a white teen whose quest to figure out her mysterious backstory leads her down a dark path. In the series, Brooks plays Jimmy Lee, Fauna’s adoptive mother, who raises the teen in a mostly Black community just outside of Reno, Nevada.

In a new featurette about the show, Brooks talked about identity and colorism in America, and how darker skinned Black women such as herself aren’t always viewed as favorably as others.

“I’m this Black woman in America, yet if you’re dark, you’re not considered as beautiful. And that’s not okay,” Brooks said.

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