Corrine Jasmin questions who is setting the standard of beauty for black women in America. My mom was on a date with a man who later would become my stepdad. They were in a bar in Corry, Pa. For some of the time we lived in Corry, she and I were the only black family in the town. My stepdad, who is white, proudly told the gawking men at the bar that she was his girlfriend.
I thought I was a gorgeous kid until I learned I was just 'pretty, for a black girl'
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My white birthmother told me that the idea that I was gorgeous was a fiction inflicted upon me out of a sense of white liberal guilt. W hen I was a little girl, I thought that I was gorgeous. But growing up black in an all-white town, I was also a generally accepted kind of pretty: white adults saw my blackness as an addition to my cuteness; their white children stared at my brown skin and afro with genuine wonder as opposed to judgement and fear. After that, I knew I was beautiful with a caveat; I was attractive with an asterisk. The precocious and outgoing girl that I had been, who loved to pose and perform and tell stories and make art, became emotionally fluent in the art of self-doubt. By the time I got to middle school, it very quickly became clear that my days of being gorgeous, let alone pretty, were over.
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The film centers on Diouana, a young Senegalese woman, who moves from Dakar , Senegal to Antibes , France to work for a rich French couple. In France, Diouana hopes to continue her former nanny job and anticipates a cosmopolitan lifestyle. But from her arrival in Antibes, Diouana experiences harsh treatment from the couple, who force her to work as a servant.
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