The Light Girls movie on Oprah’s OWN channel premiered on January 19, and brought with it many testimonies and confessions from popular black actresses about how their own complexions have affected their lives. One such interesting confession was from Amber Rose – whose real name is Amber Levonchuck – a woman who first entered the public eye when she appeared frequently on the arm of Kanye West prior to the couple breaking up. Known for her ample figure, Rose was also the topic of popular Kanye lyrics.
“She got an a** that will swallow up a G-string – and up top? Two bee stings.”
The 31-year-old Amber Rose can be seen in this MTV video segment from the Light Girls movie, wherein Rose talks about growing up as a Creole woman whose family members – especially the older ones, Rose recounts – thought they weren’t black, or were better than African Americans.
“They want to pass so bad.”
Rose touches on the concept of her family wanting to pass for white, if only they could. Amber says that once her younger generation began to embrace their blackness and the hip hop culture surrounding them, this became a problem for those in her family unwilling to accept black folks.
Amber says that her family didn’t approve of her marriage to Wiz Khalifa, and nearly cries when she speaks about the difficulties encountered living in a family in which light skin color was so important.
“I’m angry that my family is like that and they want to ‘pass’ so bad that they raised my mom and my uncles and my aunts to not fully know their culture.”
The OWN Light Girls special also covered the controversial topic of skin bleaching, something touched upon in the Dark Girls movie — also by Bill Duke – which acted as a predecessor to Light Girls, as reported by the Huffington Post. Amber’s racial makeup includes a Cape Verdean and Italian descent, and Rose became very emotional when she relayed that her family didn’t come to her wedding because of skin color issues, thinking that Wiz wasn’t good enough for Amber.
“With my family — they feel like they’re more superior, or better than an African American, because we’re Creole and we have culture. And that’s something that I’ve battled with most of my life.”
Actors and actresses, such as Raven-Symoné and Kym Whitley, as well as other African-Americans in the public eye can be seen in Light Girls, discussing how the issue of skin color affects their lives and careers.
[Amber Rose Image via the Inquisitr]