For the Love of Brown Girls: A Video Project

Written by on February 14, 2016

Joie Nearn, Imani Weeks and Sydne Hopkins, 17-year-old seniors at Philadelphia’s Science Leadership Academy, recently decided to investigate the idea of colorism in the Black community. The end result is a mini-documentary that the girls scripted, filmed and edited themselves, called For the Love of Brown Girls. (Click play button above to view.)’s culture and education editor, Liz Dwyer, has written an excellent article about colorism as well as the For the Love of Brown Girls project.

The girls were inspired to launch the project last year when their English class read On the Run, a book by sociologist Alice Goffman that looked at how crime, violence and the legal system impacted a neighborhood in West Philadelphia, and after Sydne Hopkins saw Bill Duke’s documentary Dark Girls, which delved into biases against darker-skinned black women.

Joie, Imani and Sydne approached their English teacher about making their own film to uncover the issue of colorism in our community. He agreed, and also suggested they create a blog and website to chronicle the process.

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