The Dynamics and Complexities of Colorism Mini Series

Join Visibility for “The Dynamics and Complexities of Colorism Mini Series.”


March 26, 2018 – April 26, 2018

8:00 PM EST.

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Listener Line: 323-642-1562

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About the Mini-Series

Visibility is producing a mini-series titled “The Dynamics and Complexities of Colorism airing live beginning on March 26, 2018 and ending on April 26, 2018. The six-episode mini-series will focus on girls and women of color as victims of colorism and will explore the psychological, emotional, physical and social traumas of colorism with an emphasis on how colorism affects the self-love, self-esteem, self-identity, self-respect and self-pride of girls and women of color as victims of intraracial and interracial colorism.

Topics will include the complexities of colorism, relationships, film, music, media, the workplace, superiority, inferiority, colorism complex, skin color complexes, education, colorism in Brazil, the effects of colorism on children, girls and women of color, colorism and families, status, understanding the detrimental effects of colorism, learning to embrace differences, myths, healthcare, among other relevant discussion topics.


  • Monday, March 26, 2018, Introduction to The Dynamics and Complexities of Colorism Mini-Series, Dr. Donnamaria Culbreth
  • Wednesday, March 28, 2018: The Color of Love: Colorism in Brazil. Guest, Dr. Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman
  • Wednesday, April 4, 2018: Colorism in Film, Music and Media, Guest: Dr. Yaba Blay
  • Wednesday, April 11, 2018: Colorism in the Workplace, Guest:  Dr. Niambi Powell
  • Wednesday, April 18, 2018 Colorism in Relationships, various guests
  • Thursday, April 26, 2018: Girls, Women of Color and Colorism. Guests Dr. Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman and other guests.

Episodes will air live via: Complexity Talk Radio, Inc.

Links for each episode will be shared via Twitter: @Visibility_live, @NGWCC  #colorism #visibility

Call for Submissions: Race and Color in Education

Journal of Colorism Studies (JOCS)

Call for Submissions

Corrected Due Date:  February 28, 2016

The Journal of Colorism Studies (JOCS) is accepting submissions for a thematic issue titled Race and Color in Education. We are specifically interested in submissions that focus on but are not limited to the following:

The Achievement Gap

Students of color and success

Students of color and retention

Students of color and achievement

Students of color and special education

Quality education and students of color

Curriculum and Black history

Mixed race identity

Race and color in the classroom

Student loans/student debt

Black males and education

Diversity on campus/in the classroom

Full-time Faculty/Adjunct faculty of color


Predominately white colleges and universities

White privilege on campus

Faculty of color on campus

Faculty of color and leadership

White faculty and HBCU’s

White privilege

Tenure and Black faculty

Women of color

Men of color

College completion

Common Core

No Child Left Behind

Separate and unequal

For-profit schools and students of color

Students of color and STEM

Stereotypes and students of color

College level writing skills



College/university committees and racism



Standards of excellence

Learning styles (kinesthetic, auditory, visual)

White teachers and students of color

The classroom to prison pipeline

Girls of color and disparate treatment

Students of color and gender bias

Colorism in higher education

African/African-American programs

Community colleges

Black Studies

Black intellectuals

Intellectuals of color


Racism on campus

Colorism on campus

Sororities/fraternities/social clubs


The effects of racism on students of color

The effects of colorism on students of color

Student organizations

The hidden prejudice in education

Interracial colorism/Intraracial colorism

Racism and faculty tenure

Colorism and faculty tenure

Students of color and learning environments

The education system and students of color

Racist student organizations on campus

Athletes of color at predominately white

colleges and universities

The purpose of education

Public schools/charter schools

Campus violence/violence in schools

Twenty-first century workforce ready degree   programs

Submissions Accepted

Articles, essays, book reviews, interviews, and film/movie reviews, unpublished blogs and commentaries.

Submission/Author Guidelines

Submissions will not be considered for publication if they have been published before or if they are under review by another journal or publisher. Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to use from copyright holders for reproducing tables and figures. Submissions to JOCS are subject to an initial internal review. Submissions considered for potential publication will be reviewed using a blind peer review process. Submissions that do not follow author guidelines will not be considered for publication. Submissions will follow the style of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition). Submissions should be single-spaced, using 1 inch margins for the top, bottom and sides of every page, 12-pt Times New Roman font, numbered pages. Lines should be left-justified and words should not be divided at the end of a line. Submissions (including notes, references, and tables) should not exceed 25 pages.


JOCS only accepts online submissions. Registration and login are required to submit items online. To submit manuscripts for review, please register at (you will be required to create a user id and password). Subscriptions to JOCS are free.

We are looking forward to your submission. If you have any questions, please contact JOCS at


Continued Success!

Dr. Donnamaria Culbreth


Journal of Colorism Studies






Journal of Colorism Studies


Join the Editorial Review Board of the Journal of Colorism Studies

The Editorial Team of the Journal of Colorism Studies invites applications for Editorial Review Board members. Working with members of the Editorial Advisory Board, members of the Editorial Review Board will review journal submissions and ensure that the journal responds timely to submissions.

The Editorial Review Board will consist of members willing to commit to reviewing articles two times each year. Successful candidates will become members of the board beginning in 2015 for three years.  Editorial Review Board members are responsible for reviewing submissions for accuracy, clarity, and research rigor; identifying the strengths and weaknesses of submissions; providing detailed comments on reviewed submissions, and providing recommendations for accepting or rejecting manuscripts for publication.  Note: Members will perform functions virtually.

We are also interested in applications from Guest Reviewers to review submissions for our special issue Celebrating, Embracing and Empowering Girls and Women of Color, scheduled for publication in 2015.

Being a member of the Editorial Review Board means being professionally associated with the Journal of Colorism Studies. The names of members will be included in each issue, listed on the journal’s web page, and included on the website of the Intraracial Colorism Project, Inc.

Composition of the Editorial Review Board will include a wide variety of members representing the community, including organizational leaders, change agents, and educators from all sectors including scholars consisting of early career through senior academics. Members should possess a master’s and/or doctorate in topics published by the journal and have equivalent experience in a relevant subject.  We invite and encourage graduate students to submit applications.

Continued Success!

Dr. Donnamaria Culbreth


Dr. Julie Jung-Kim


Celebrating, Embracing and Empowering Girls and Women of Color: Call for Submissions

In 2015, we are celebrating, embracing and empowering girls and women of color by launching the National Girls and Women of Color Council (NGWCC) (July 2015).  Accordingly, in collaboration with I Am Beautiful Global, Inc. and NGWCC, the Journal of Colorism Studies (JOCS) is inviting leaders and members of organizations for girls and women of color, authors, bloggers, scholars, and writers, etc., to submit essays for a special themed issue of JOCS titled Celebrating, Embracing and Empowering Girls and Women of Color (publication in July 2015).

Join us in celebrating, embracing and empowering girls and women of color. The special issue of JOCS will also be available for purchase in print through Complexity Publishing, LLC. 


Call for Submissions 

Deadline: Extended to May 1, 2015

The Journal of Colorism Studies (JOCS)  is accepting essays for a special thematic issue Celebrating, Embracing and Empowering Girls and Women of Color for publication in Volume 1, Issue 2 (July 2015). We are particularly interested in essays that include but are not limited to the following:

  • Trailblazers and torchbearers
  • Change agents
  • Unsung girls and women of color
  • Believing in you
  • Faith
  • Self-validation
  • Girls of color
  • Women of color
  • The marginalization of girls of color
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Specialized glass ceilings for women of color
  • Living life beautiful
  • Self-love
  • Self-pride
  • Self-respect
  • Self-identity
  • Self-pride
  • Standards of beauty
  • Hair
  • Colorism
  • The Color Complex
  • Understanding biases
  • Embracing diversity within the race
  • Health
  • Making good choices
  • Media
  • Relationships
  • Mental health
  • Education
  • Sexuality
  • Music industry
  • Politics
  • Law
  • Communities of color
  • Religion
  • Employment
  • The criminal justice system
  • Relationships
  • Parenting
  • Teen issues
  • Gangs and girls of color
  • Stereotypes
  • Family values
  • Career choices
  • Marketing
  • Racism
  • Prejudice
  • Identity
  • Interracial diversity
  • Intraracial diversity
  • STEM
  • One size does not fit all
  • Love
  • Being original
  • Breaking down skin color and race barriers
  • Racism
  • Sisters in unity
  • Skin color dynamics
  • The perpetuation of colorism by people of color
  • Multiculturalism
  • Multiracialism
  • Identity and racial pride
  • Loving my skin
  • Power
  • Sports


We will also accept book reviews (books about girls and women of color).

To submit manuscripts for review, please register at (you will be required to create a user name and password). Review the Submission Guidelines and then submit your manuscript.

We are looking forward to your submissions. If you have any questions, please contact us at


Continued Success!

Dr. Donnamaria Culbreth


Journal of Colorism Studies

ISSN: 2329-3187

Journal of Colorism Studies

As a result of the peer review process, we have decided to re-open the call for submissions.  We are looking for quality submissions that are rich in content and focus. The new submission deadline is July 30, 2014.

We are also seeking an Assistant Editor to join JOCS by June 1, 2014.

Please share with colleagues, colleges, universities and professional associations, etc.

Call for Submissions

The Journal of Colorism Studies (JOCS) is an open access, online journal and the official quarterly publication of the Intraracial Colorism Project, Inc.

JOCS will present high-quality research in a forum that is informative to broad audiences including those outside as well as inside academia and those not immediately conversant with the subject matter of submissions.

JOCS is accepting submissions that contain rigorous quality research, develop theory, and explore new perspectives on colorism and race issues in society. Content includes theoretical essays, empirical research, practice-oriented papers, book reviews, and general essays.

Specific areas of interest relative to colorism and race include but are not limited to:

Personal  Family values

Dating and marriage

Physical attractiveness

Generational goal attainment

Platonic and romantic relationships


SociologicalClubs and associations

Church membership

Neighborhoods and communities




Mixed race identity



Jim Crow

Civil Rights Era

Black Power Movement

The Millennium

Colorism tests



Education Academic achievement

Colorism on campus

HBCU/Non-HBCU issues

Higher education administration

Faculty issues

Colorism in the classroom



Identity issues







Intraracial diversity

Interracial diversity



Employment/CareerCareer choices


Hiring  practices

Work environments

Job duties

Blue collar/White collar


Private /Public sector




Music industry

Media industry


Special themes



Manuscripts should be submitted in current APA format and must not exceed 25 pages in length including title page, abstract, tables, figures, and references. Additional submission guidelines are posted on the journal’s website:

Submit manuscripts online at: Journal of Colorism Studies


Dr. Donnamaria Culbreth
Journal of Colorism Studies