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If Black is Beautiful, then why...?

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kaymax

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Wow, this is sad. To think Nigerians are the number 1 culprits on this one, it's downright sad. My people perish for lack of knowledge.
 

toammyb

Born to lead and follow
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That's the programme that was on a few days ago. Shame I missed it, but the advert was a little misleading, I thought it was all about animals and I don't do animals so I skipped it.

This is really sad, so 7 out of every 10 naija women dey "maintain their skin". This is pure self inflicted bondage. If I had to go back to heaven and choose what skin colour I'd like, it's me lovely chocolate galore. Black and proud all the way!!!
 

Thickmadam

OHHHHHH YEAHHHHHHHH!!
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Heard this on a BBC Africa podcast yesterday. I was so dismayed.
The S.A musician was....you just had to hear her....she made me really sad.

How do we change this thinking? Can we even?
 
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noone

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Heard this on a BBC Africa podcast yesterday. I was so dismayed.
The S.A musician was....you just had to hear her....she made me really sad.

How do we change this thinking? Can we even?
It will take a concerted effort by 'known' names, religious groups (since our people dey fear God) and everyday people. Difficult? Definitely! When most of our 'known faces' are doing it, which mouth will they use to preach against it??? Except they stop and 'come out' and preach against its ills. It can be done but with a lot of hard work...
 

toammyb

Born to lead and follow
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Heard this on a BBC Africa podcast yesterday. I was so dismayed.
The S.A musician was....you just had to hear her....she made me really sad.

How do we change this thinking? Can we even?
I don't think some people see it as bleaching. To them it's all part of maintaining a good looking skin with even shades etc. In their minds, they're already fair skinned, so they're just trying to keep it nice and supple. In their bid to do that, they end up lighter than they really are and then after that, there's no going back.

My mom used Tura products, among others since I was old enough to recognise writings on a soap packet and she only stopped using them some ten years ago, due to old age. She's very light skinned naturally so one wouldn't think she'd need to use those products, but she did. A few shops were seized and closed down in London early last year for stocking all those "dermovate" and co lotion tubes. They're supposed to be only available by prescription, but our Naija shops for london just sell them to every tom, dick and harry.

I think more education and awareness, rather than just "Stop bleaching, it wrecks your skin" slogans being chanted all over the place.
 

Thickmadam

OHHHHHH YEAHHHHHHHH!!
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for some people it's maintainance, but to the greater majority, it's bleaching.
i remember a lesson teacher we had when i was in primary school. my aunt started calling her "ihu fanta, okpa coke" (fanta face, coke leg)
i remember an aunt saying she didn't want dark-complected kids to be in her wedding because they'll mess up her wedding pictures.

toammyb...the greater number of people in Africa as a whole still buy into the whole "white is right" mentality.


I don't think some people see it as bleaching. To them it's all part of maintaining a good looking skin with even shades etc. In their minds, they're already fair skinned, so they're just trying to keep it nice and supple. In their bid to do that, they end up lighter than they really are and then after that, there's no going back.

My mom used Tura products, among others since I was old enough to recognise writings on a soap packet and she only stopped using them some ten years ago, due to old age. She's very light skinned naturally so one wouldn't think she'd need to use those products, but she did. A few shops were seized and closed down in London early last year for stocking all those "dermovate" and co lotion tubes. They're supposed to be only available by prescription, but our Naija shops for london just sell them to every tom, dick and harry.

I think more education and awareness, rather than just "Stop bleaching, it wrecks your skin" slogans being chanted all over the place.
 

toammyb

Born to lead and follow
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That's so sad. I first heard about that in the west. I thought people were just being judgmental when they tell me some people have that mentality. Oh my days! Talk about voluntary mental slavery. Wow! What can I say?! I am speechless!

for some people it's maintainance, but to the greater majority, it's bleaching.
i remember a lesson teacher we had when i was in primary school. my aunt started calling her "ihu fanta, okpa coke" (fanta face, coke leg)
i remember an aunt saying she didn't want dark-complected kids to be in her wedding because they'll mess up her wedding pictures.

toammyb...the greater number of people in Africa as a whole still buy into the whole "white is right" mentality.
 

Thickmadam

OHHHHHH YEAHHHHHHHH!!
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did you grow up in Nigeria? just curious.
That's so sad. I first heard about that in the west. I thought people were just being judgmental when they tell me some people have that mentality. Oh my days! Talk about voluntary mental slavery. Wow! What can I say?! I am speechless!
 

kaymax

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did you grow up in Nigeria? just curious.
I thought about that too, though I was there till I was about 7 yrs old, even I remember, that the 'pupa' people were supposed to be beautiful. I don't know how I grew up there and here in the states in the 70's and 80's as a dark skinned woman and managed to think and will always think I'm the isht. Oh well, Dark Skinned beauties just got it like that, I guess.

But what is this thing that it makes you 'white', where is that coming from?
 

Thickmadam

OHHHHHH YEAHHHHHHHH!!
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hmm...it's going to take years and years and yearrrrrrrs of unwashing the societal group think for this to even make 1% impact.

It will take a concerted effort by 'known' names, religious groups (since our people dey fear God) and everyday people. Difficult? Definitely! When most of our 'known faces' are doing it, which mouth will they use to preach against it??? Except they stop and 'come out' and preach against its ills. It can be done but with a lot of hard work...
 
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