Children, Teens and Colorism

Join Dr. Culbreth and guests on the Dynamics of Colorism Talk Radio for a discussion on children, teens and colorism.

 Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 8:00 pm EST

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Call in to ask questions, comment or share your experiences.

Listener Line: (914) 338-1308

Guests include:

Mr. Torey Richards, Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Ms. Ebony Lewis, Executive Director, Miss Believe, Inc.
Ms. Denise Betourd, Founder, Empower Me Pretty

Show Topics:

  • The effects of colorism on children and teens
  • The light skin/dark skin dynamic
  • Self-esteem and identity issues
  • The politics of hair among teens
  • Music videos and colorism
  • Dating preferences (light/dark skin)
  • Biracial/multiracial children and teen identity issues and colorism
  • Parenting children and teens affected by colorism

Who Are Your People?: Class, Color and Community Among African Americans, Then and Now”

“Who Are Your People?: Class, Color and Community Among African Americans, Then and Now”. A conversation with Dr. Audrey Elisa Kerr, moderated by Mr. Tom Ficklin of The Ficklin Media Group, LLC.

Date:  February 20, 2013

Time:  6:00 pm

Location: ConnCAT 5 Science Park, New Haven

About Dr. Kerr

Dr. Audrey Elisa Kerr, author of Paper Bag Principle  is one of the leading authorities on colorism. Dr. Kerr completed a Ph.D. in English from the University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland in 1998. Her dissertation titled Two Black Washingtons: The Role of Complexion in the Experience of District of Columbia Residents, 1863-1963, is recognized as the premier source on colorism issues in the Washington, DC area for the period of 1863-1963. Her research focused on “color-related caste legends” (Kerr, 1998) and is an “interdisciplinary study, drawing from sociology, history and literature” (Kerr, 1998).


The Paper Bag Principle: Class, Colorism, and Rumor in the Case of Black Washington, D.C, (2006). University of Tennessee Press. (Available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.)

Dr. Kerr was a guest on The Dynamics of Colorism on December 20, 2012 and discussed the Historical Perspectives: Colorism Tests, Social Clubs and Associations. If you are in the New Haven, Connecticut area on February 20, 2013, this is one event that you do not want to miss!

Continued Success!

Dr. Culbreth

The Intraracial Colorism Project, Inc.

Colorism, A Factor in Bullying?

Join Dr. Culbreth and Ms. Carolyn Strong, Founder of Bullies Stink for a discussion on colorism and bullying.

 Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 8pm EST
Show link: The Dynamics of Colorism

Listener Call in line: (914) 338-1308

About Our Guest
Ms. Carolyn Strong: Anti-Bullying Leader, Educator, Professional Speaker
“Ms. Strong is a motivational educator with an anti-bullying message of hope for children, families and schools. An educator with more than 10 years of experience working with inner- city youth, she is currently Dean of Students in a high school serving more than 2,100 young people. Serving in the role of disciplinarian, she witnesses and confronts bullying daily by creating and implementing prevention programs in conjunction with traditional discipline.

Carolyn holds multiple Master’s degrees in both Curriculum and Educational Leadership and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in curriculum and social inquiry. Carolyn’s research focuses on bullying and the black aesthetic, girl bullying and minority representation in gifted education.” (Bullies Stink)
Current projects involving bullying include serving as founder of Bullies Stink, a documentary entitled, “Our Bullying Project.” The goal of the documentary is to highlight the bullying stories of people of color. Carolyn is also the host of Bullies Stink Talk Radio.

Carolyn has presented on the topic of Black Girl Blues at several regional and national conferences, including the recent National Conference on Girl Bullying. Additionally, Carolyn has presented the following workshops, seminars, and trainings:
• Gifted Education: Myths and Reality- St. Benedict School
• Parenting the Gifted Child- St. Benedict School
• The Dichotomy of Blackness and Giftedness in Society-IAGC Conference Chicago, IL February 2012
• The Benefits of Gifted Acceleration-IAGC Conference Chicago, IL. February 2012
• Bullying: The Ins and Outs – Thornton Township High School
• Ethnic Notions: Race and Perception- Harper High School
• Creating Positive Relationships-Thornton High School
• Black Girl Blues: An Examination of Intra-racial Bullying: Natl. Conference on Girl Bullying – Atlanta, GA June 2012
• Bullying and the Black Aesthetic: Emerging Scholars Conference Chapman University, Orange,California, September 2012

Show Topics:
• Colorism and intraracial bullying
• Interracial versus intraracial bullying
• The Dozens
• Black Girl Blues
• Black children, teens and bullying issues in schools and communities
• The needed dialogue on intraracial colorism based bullying and Black children
• Addressing intraracial colorism bullying
• Is intraracial colorism bullying a systemic problem?
• Parenting, colorism and bullying issues

Call in to share your experiences, ask questions or comment.
Listener Call in line: (914) 338-1308

Colorism and Interracial Relationships

Join The Dynamics of Colorism and Dr. Culbreth for a discussion on colorism and interracial relationships (by popular demand).

Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 8pm EST.

Link to the show: The Dynamics of Colorism

Show Topics
•Colorism and relationships
•Black men and White women
•Black Women and White men
•Dating other racial group members
•Labels and stereotypes
•Is it really any of your business?

Please call in to share your thoughts, comments or ask questions about interracial dating.

Listener Call in line: (914) 338-1308

Join Dr. Culbreth for an interview with Dr. Midge Wilson, co-author of the Color Complex tonight at 8pm EST

Join Dr. Culbreth tonight at 8pm EST on the Dynamics of Colorism for an interview with Dr. Midge Wilson, co-author of The Color Complex (Revised): The Politics of Skin Color in a New Millennium

Listen Live: The Dynamics of Colorism

Listener Line: (call in to ask questions, comment, etc.)  (914) 338-1308

Topics will include:

  • Discussion on the new book: The Color Complex (Revised)   Available in stores now!
  • Skin bleaching
  • Bill of Rights for Racially Mixed People
  • Natural vs. straightened hair issues
  • Music videos, light skinned women and self-esteem
  • The Nina Simone film issue
  • Learn how to address colorism issues

Bio of Dr. Wilson     Read more about Dr. Wilson 

Dr. Midge Wilson is an Associate Dean and Professor who holds a joint appointment in psychology and women’s and gender studies at DePaul University, in Chicago. She is the author of several books noted below as well as numerous journal articles.  Dr. Wilson is also an Editorial Advisory Board Member of the Journal of Colorism Studies.


Russell-Cole, K., Wilson, M., and Hall, R. (2013). The Color Complex: The Politics of Skin Color in a New Millennium (Paperback Edition) New York: Vintage/Random House (Lisa Queen Literary Agency, NY).

Wilson, M. & Russell, K. (Jan., 1996). Divided Sisters: Bridging the Gap Between Black Women and White Women. New York: Anchor Publishing. (Literary Agent, Suzanne Gluck, International Creative Management, Inc. NY).

Russell, K., Wilson, M., and Hall, R. (1992). The Color Complex: The Politics of Skin Color Among African Americans (Paperback Edition) New York: Anchor/Doubleday Publishing (International Management Group, Inc., NY)

About the Color Complex (Revised)

The Color Complex (Revised) is a provocative exploration of how Western standards of beauty are influencing cultures across the globe and impacting personal, professional, romantic and familial relationships. Processes like skin lightening in India, hair smoothing in Black America, eyelid reconstruction in China, and plastic surgery worldwide continue to rise in popularity for men and women facing discrimination from both within and outside of their own increasingly fluid ethnic groups. Now including a wealth of new information since the first edition of The Color Complex over two decades ago, the authors, through a historical and sociological lens, have measured the impact of recent pop culture events effecting race relations to determine whether colorism has gotten better or worse over time”. (Random House, 2013)

The Color Complex (Revised) is available for purchase: Random House, Inc., Amazon and other book stores.

What are your thoughts?

Interesting conversation: During a conversation with a team member of TACO Magazine on Friday, she mentioned the discussion that we held on the Dynamics of Colorism (on Thursday, January 10th) in which we discussed the issue of skin bleaching creams in the US and abroad. She then noted that she would not be comfortable with TACO Magazine publishing any advertisements from companies that made skin bleaching products. What are your thoughts?

The Dynamics of Colorism Talk Radio and Global Colorism

The Dynamics of Colorism’s first show of 2013 (January 10th:  The Light Skin/Dark Skin Dynamic in the 21st Century) focused on the light skin/dark skin dynamic. We discussed several issues concerning colorism in the United States and abroad. In December of 2012, the Board of Directors of the Intraracial Colorism Project, Inc. decided to expand the project’s focus to include global colorism issues. The Dynamics of Colorism Talk Radio will now include topics on global colorism issues and we cannot wait to move forward.

We are looking forward to a successful 2013.

Continued Success!

Dr. Culbreth