Synopsis

Shades of Her: A Commentary on Colorism,” is a documentary that explores the nuances of skin tone in African American women in a unique and poignant way. By utilizing both dance and expression, the viewer sees and hears women share their stories of how the color of their skin has affected their lives, how they see themselves, and how they interact with others. The film aims at breaking down stereotypical barriers placed on African American women, all while advocating empowerment and unity among women.

About Alicia Rollins

Alicia Rollins is a scientist, creative director, and author. Aliicia first nurtered her creativity through a 12-year matriculation through dance education which culminated as a competitive dancer at Southern University. After graduating with a degree in Biology and subsequently Clinical Lab Sciences, her work as a scientist began and her creative work continued. She began teaching dance and creating projects for authors and artists alike. Her specialties include choreography, development of creative content, photography, creative direction, video direction, and script development.

Director’s Statement

The goal of this film to engage in healthy dialogue of how the variety in skin shades affects interactions between African American women, dating, jobs, media and overall self esteem. This film discusses the difficulties of navigating colorism in the African American community. It speaks about women in media, social media, self esteem and life experiences of a variety of women.