Franchell "Frenchie" Davis sparked debate on social media with a Facebook post calling out our obsession with colorism.
"Ya'll would never exalt and celebrate black women with dark skin and wide noses for being loud and opinionated and obnoxious, as needed," she wrote. "Not the way y'all exalt the Angela Rye's and Amanda Seales' of the world."
"They get to be loud and outspoken and angry without being called bitter. And in these present times, I need the actual black women of lighter hue, who are beneficiaries of this f**k sh*t to do a better job at speaking out on and actively combatting it because I'm side eyeing everybody now."
Frenchie, 41, is best known as a popular contestant on the singing competition show American Idol in 2003.
She went on to perform in Rent on Broadway for 4 years and she was a contestant on the first season of The Voice.
Universal Pictures is casting black girls for its film Straight Outta Compton, a biopic which documents the rise of rap supergroup N.W.A.
The casting call by Sande Allesi Casting, which reflects the target audience of the movie, grades the women by skin color and whether they wear weave and extensions. "Fine" LSLH women (light skinned with long hair) are graded A/B, while dark skinned women who wear hair weave are graded C/D. Naturally the weave wearers are outraged by the degrading implications of the casting call.
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Rapper J. Cole sparked controversy when he said President Obama wouldn't have been elected if his skin was dark.
In an interview with BET, Cole said 'colorism' brainwashes black people to see light skinned people as highly favored in the black community. As an example, Cole said President Obama's light skin helped him win the election in 2008.
"Barack Obama would not be President if he were dark skin," said Cole.
"That brainwashing that tells us that light skin is better, it’s subconsciously in us, whether we know it or not… still pursuing light skin women," said Cole.
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