A self-described “colorism activist” who posts online under the moniker Chrissie is planning to launch a magazine featuring only dark-skinned women. Chrissie is currently raising money for the magazine, to be named Divine Dark Skin, and is at $1300 of her $15,000 goal. From her GoFundMe page;

https://www.gofundme.com/DivineDarkSkin

“Are you ready for a [sic] online AND print magazine that is never short of dark skinned models and talent?

Are you excited to finally flip through a publication or go on a site that has chocolate and mahogany colored skin on nearly every page, a magazine that is TRULY exclusive for black women?

What about an authentic safe space for our stories, our triumphs and our pain as black women and girls?

Well, your wishes have come true and DDS online and print magazine are coming soon! BUT we need your help to make it possible. It’s time to put our money where our mouths are and create the change that we want to see! Let’s finally stop supporting publications that don’t support us.”

Chrissie’s YouTube channel is full of videos on the topic of colorism, many of which have a controversial take on the subject, including Did Biracials ‘Hijack’ the Natural Hair Movement?, Black VS Biracial Beauty – A Fair Assessment, Simone Biles & her ‘Zendaya Complex’ and Black Women – Stop Letting White/Biracial Women Outshine You.

Chrissie, whose real life identity is unknown, is often attacked online. Many have criticized her for being divisive and antagonistic to lighter-skinned women. Others feel she is shining a light on an issue that is often ignored, and being an advocate for a group of women who are often overlooked.

Ladies, what are your thoughts?

Black Girl With Long Hair

Leila Noelliste, founder of Black Girl with Long Hair (April 2008). Social media, pop culture and black beauty enthusiast. bell hooks' hair twin...

Leave a Reply

41 Comments on "‘Colorism Activist’ Plans to Launch Magazine That Will Only Feature Dark-Skinned Women"

Notify of
avatar
Only Love Black People
Only Love Black People

I’m with it and support it! I am subscribed to her and love her content and agree with most I’ve it and will make sure to use my money to support this magazine!!

kdeidric

This is wonderful!!

CommonVillage
This is awesome. I fully support this. As others have said on this thread, there is a “scale” in society of what’s an attractive black woman and it’s almost always lighter hued. Even when you look at ads with children. I’m an actor and I’ve booked commercials as a “mom”. I am medium complexion. I am always paired with the stereotypical dark black man, and then they stick a biracial little girl with us as our child. Seriously? You’d be hard-pressed to see a black child in an ad that actually looks black. I always ask the art directors, “So… Read more »
R.Cola

If you have a problem with this magazine… Turn on the tv and count how many dark complexion girls you can find…. now count the fair complexioned girls… then give me a call me back.

There’s nothing wrong with a platform for darker complexions that have been ignored by mainstream media for a millennia in both White AND Black pop culture. Period. smh

newsrants

Good for her.

Depths Of My Soul!

Chrissie’s YouTube channel is ight, But the Dark Skin Activist Rasheeda now she got issue’s.

Lolalao

Good for her!

sisterdeie

Yes, please do it, Chrissie.

Erin Scott
Just wanted to point out that this article all though it means well is incorrect. Chrissie said the magazine will feature all black woman but their phenotype has to be black (if you follow chrissie you should know what that means by now) Meaning no biracial or racially ambiguous woman. Also she wants to majority use dark skin woman but like I said before brown and light skin woman will be used. She also said that she will be reviewing pictures of woman featured to make sure they meet this standard. She also said that she will be including weaves… Read more »
bella.
Smh, does it really have to come to this? As a copper skinned mixed race black girl who has watched a few of Chrissie’s videos, I am saddened. WHY IS EVERYTHING ABOUT SKIN COLOR IN THE BLACK COMMUNITY. I MEAN DAMN, CAN WE ALL JUST GET OVER WHO’S DARK, WHOSE LIGHT, WHO’S YELLOW, WHOSE RED, WHOSE MIXED, WHATEVER, AND JUST COME TOGETHER AS BLACK BROHERS AND SISTERS. WE ARE ALL BLACK TO THE WHITE MAN AT THE END OF THE DAY, WHICH IS WHY THIS PETTINESS NEEDS TO STOP. But watch, this is acceptable to some, but i bet if… Read more »
Riak Mary

what’s the point of having an all only lightskinned girls magazine when their the standart for black women. Darkskinned women are under represented and thats why it’d be fine to do it. You just sound like a white person saying if there were an all only white woman magazine, they’d be an uproar. That thing is not rare, it’s seen everyday.

Riak Mary
From PurpNGold, scroll down and you’ll find her comment. White people: Largely excludes black people from a thing Black people: Makes their own thing White people: That’s divisive! Black people: Largely excludes dark skin people a thing Dark skin people: Makes their own thing Black people: That’s divisive! What’s wrong with us wanting our own platform since white pple only use lightskinend black people which leads to dark skin little girls having issues. There’s nothign wrong with it, colorism is a big issue and whenever us darkskins want to do something about it, ya’ll wanna say we’re being divisive. STFU… Read more »
Depths Of My Soul!

??

Depths Of My Soul!

Thank you

Taylor Brune Siri

Well said. black people sometime can act like the oppressor. I hate it. And it’s not all Black people are against this magazine, it’s colorist Black Men, and Mainly Lightskin Blacks Men and women. and Mixed race people.

Depths Of My Soul!
“Our lighter skinned black sisters should not be excluded just because of their skin tone, that is petty. And even in white magazines when all they put to represent black women are lighter skinned black women” This. That is why this magazine is needed. Although some may think that Whites view all “Blacks” the same they do not. They use their acceptable version of “Black” which is not Black but Biracials who they are promoting and have accepted in Favor of Blacks as a Representative of Black ..Which is not right. But it is their Platform, to do as they… Read more »
bella.

Boo hoo. Dark skin tears. Smh. This is sad and unfair to our light skinned sisters. Twitter wrong doesn’t make it write. The excluding of light skinned women is still wrong and ignorant.

Britney

the poster you replied to is biracial … you’re the only ignorant person. I still don’t get why these basic concepts are hard for you to comprehend. light skinned or biracial women collectively are never excluded when it comes to beauty. go to the many platforms that showcase them rather than try to take away from one of the few promising platforms dark skinned women will or may have

Britney
What I hate about you and people like you is that although it isn’t the light skinned women’s fault … I STILL WANT TO SEE PEOPLE WHO LOOK LIKE ME REPRESENTED IN THE MEDIA. IF THAT MEANS THAT I WILL HAVE TO ONLY SUPPORT PRODUCTS BY OR FOR PEOPLE WHO LOOK LIKE ME TO MAKE A STATEMENT I WILL. now you may say it’s white people trying to keep us apart idc. Where are the leagues of light skinned women standing up for the fact that we dark skinned women are not represented as compared to them? INACTION IS A… Read more »
DEDE

So what do you suggest black women and girls who have darker skin tones do, just sit in a corner and cry. You sound like someone who says “why do we need BET or black hair magazines”. If someone wants to do something positive for dark skinned women and girls I think people should be supportive.

LittleBabyBug Jones
I support Chrissies platform wholeheartedly, I already donated also 🙂 I’m in the middle spectrum, but I see myself as dark skinned if I simply had to ‘pick a side’. But you don’t have to be dark skinned to recognize that black women of darker hue are largely invisible in mainstream spaces and often even inside our ‘own’. Dark skinned to medium brown toned women make up the MAJORITY skin tone for black women worldwide and in the United States, so no, light skinned women should not be given preference, because they are nowhere near the majority in hue. Representation… Read more »
Ms. Vee

Chrissie has my support 100%.

SheridaDaily

This is amazing!!! I can’t wait till it comes out. Well done to Chrissie and team, it won’t be easy but it’ll be worth it xo

Miss T
I’m a light skinned black woman, not bi-racial. Should black women have a platform like this? Most definitely. I’m not downing this in any way. But I will say that colorism affects light skinned black women in a way that many don’t want to talk about. As a black woman of lighter skin its sad but I’ve been treated unfairly by other black people and whites. As a child and even now, light skinned black women a lot of times are treated as if they are not a part of the black race. To some black people you’re not black… Read more »
Tyriesa Malone
I appreciated your comment because it wasn’t much like the typical shallow/white responses I see from some light skin people regarding colorism; and I think many black folks are aware of the struggles light skin people have because they are the ones creating them. But as you mentioned the bad treatment of some light skin blacks is not unique. A lot of blacks do not like or accept dark skin and, yeah, to some whites as a dark skin you are just another n word. But to a great majority of other whites (and individuals like them) dark black people… Read more »
Esha Fowlin

Your comment is literally #everything thank you for taking the time to write it ???

Only Love Black People
Only Love Black People

Amen ????????

bella.

Yes, i whole heartedly agree, my sister. As black people, we all have struggles, be we, blue black or all most white looking. We should not be acting as if one skin tone struggles more than he other, hell, lighter skinned black people are often time hated by both black peolle and white people.

Depths Of My Soul!

It’s about promoting Black beauty when no one else will. I understand and have experienced all of what you said with the exclusion of racism from Whites but Light skin Blacks and Biracial’s are already being heavily promoted while darker skin Blacks aren’t.

That is what I took from this

Britney
I’m sorry you had to grow through that. Unfortunately this isn’t what this magazine is about. Perhaps the reason why dark skinned people felt the need to exclude you is in order to help preserve what little self esteem they had. Especially in younger stages in life. For a long time i didn’t see color — i didnt have a problem with light skinned blacks because my mom and two of my sisters are light skinned. In my community the black men preferred the spanish women. I definitely support this magazine and I encourage light skinned women to continue to… Read more »
Tyriesa Malone

Chrisse is always on point never misses a step. Always real with her commentary and insight on the issue of corlorism and the experience of black women in general. I love her channel and SUPPORT DDS also SUPPORT blaqspot.com (go join our black social network site for only black folks) I’m not all for inclusion while we are steady being excluded. We are going to have our spaces too. I love the proprosal of DDS magazine and eagerly await for when I’ll have my subcription. I support you, Chrisse.

PurpNGold1

White people: Largely excludes black people from a thing
Black people: Makes their own thing
White people: That’s divisive!
Black people: Largely excludes dark skin people a thing
Dark skin people: Makes their own thing
Black people: That’s divisive!

S— rolls down hill.

Riak Mary

This is everything, it’s always the light skinned black people that say that we;re being divisive when all we want is equal rep.

TWA4now

We are beautiful in ALL shades…no matter what socitey or social media says. I think she is stepping out in an area that is long over do and needs addressing. I hope she will embrace all of our shades and colors very dark to bright light. Not glorifing. One shade over another is one way of combating colorisim. We are all beautiful no matter what shade of black or brown or tan to passing white!

Eve
I agree but I don’t think Chrissie is about divisiveness its a simple reality that colorism exists and the sooner it is done with the better for all black people of all shades. I listen to her vids and they are good though controversial. She recently talked about skin bleaching which is quite popular in the US though under wraps, it’s sad that so many black girls are picked on for their natural skin, and its true that dark women are not represented in the mainstream as beautiful so I take from her videos that she is making this publication… Read more »
TWA4now

Excellent! Every shade of brown is beautiful. I am not naive. We need to embrace even celebrate the skin we are in from light to dark…we are beautiful…not over glamorous one shade over the other.

TWA4now

Black is beautiful in all shades. I hope what she does is positive for us all.

Britney

You’re doing the all lives matter thing. If you want to look a light beauty go to every other platform. Let us have our own thing!

cryssi
Wow, see I’m a brown girl. I’m not light and I’m not dark, I really have no stake in the light vs dark debate. I feel all shades of black are beautiful, but I can’t claim to know the issues of colorism on either side of the spectrum personally. Did I find Simone wanting Zendaya to portray her funny? Yes, but I just figured she’s really young and doesn’t seem aware of the colorism issues some black women face. She’s just a fan of Zendaya and we need more brown and dark brown girls at the forefront, so that every… Read more »
aiych

Good for her, just as black people as a whole need more widespread, positive representation in beauty, magazines, culture, etc, so do dark skinned black women in particular, esp since they are often overlooked in favor of lighter skinned black women or biracial women. I have no issue with the aggressive push for that.

Depths Of My Soul!

Me either, I always say if you want something done do it yourself lOl They are doing the damn thing.

Love it?

wpDiscuz