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On this episode of Red Table Talk, Chika chats with Jada, Gammy, and Willow to tackle Colorism, a rarely talked about form of discrimination that continues to divide the Black community. Learn why this hateful bias entered into Black culture years ago, and how it continues to affect women of color today.
In this episode, Chika Okoro talks her self-love, confidence, and empowerment. She takes us through her journey of learning to love the parts of herself that she’s always been ashamed of. In the end, watch her take the biggest step in her self-love journey yet!
When Chika Okoro read the casting call for one of her favorite films, she noticed that actresses with darker skin were assigned lesser roles —prompting her to address a phenomenon she’d experienced all her life: colorism. In this eye-opening talk, Okoro shares coping strategies along with steps that could help eliminate this insidious and destructive mindset of discrimination.
This episode discusses finding security within yourself, the impacts of colorism, and the positive outlooks that can come from seeing role models that look like yourself. Chika Okoro became inspired in an unlikely place – a Straight Outta Compton casting call with standards of beauty, skin color and size that labeled her a “D Girl”. Chika’s personal experience with colorism pushed her to make a change and inform others on not only the issues that she faced, but also her hope for the future.
“Even though I know that I deserve to be here, there is still a part of me that thinks that I am not good enough” says Stanford Graduate Business School student Chika Okoro. This is called imposter syndrome – feeling like everyone will find out that you’re not good enough. Watch to see how Chika has overcome that in her own life.
We explore the history of colorism, dissect a Hollywood casting call, travel to Sudan, and ask why are Black people bleaching their skin? It gets personal.