Picture it, 2005; I’m walking the beautiful campus of Florida A & M University, on my way to work. The sun is shining but there’s a slight breeze, and approaching me is a beautiful chocolate man.
I love educational documentaries! While perusing Shadow and Act, I came across this documentary, by London-based filmmaker Toyin Agbetu. According to Agbetu, the doc “explores the topic of beauty from a Pan African perspective through a collection of candid personal and group interviews, touching on touchy issues like hair, skin, body image, relationships and character”.
Recently, many films (Good Hair — Chris Rock) and documentaries (Dark Girls — Bill Duke and D. Channsin Berry) have tackled the issues of colorism and the impact of western beauty standards on non-white people, particularly those of African descent.