If you don’t have cable, here’s how to watch Dark Girls 2 on your computer, phone, Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV or other streaming device:
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OWN is included in Philo’s main 59-channel bundle, which is the cheapest among all streaming services if you plan on keeping it long-term. It also comes with a free seven-day trial, and no credit card is required to sign up:
Once signed up for Philo, you can then watch Dark Girls 2 live on your computer via the Philo website, or on your phone (iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV or or other supported device via the Philo app.
If you can’t watch live, Philo allows you to DVR programs and watch them up to 30 days later. And even if you forget to DVR something, Philo also comes with a 72-hour rewind feature, which lets you to watch shows on-demand if they have aired in the last three days.
OWN is one of 95-plus live TV channels included in the main FuboTV bundle, which comes with a free seven-day trial:
Once signed up for FuboTV, you can watch Dark Girls 2 live on your computer via the FuboTV website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, or other supported device via the FuboTV app.
If you can’t watch live, FuboTV comes with 30 hours of cloud DVR space, as well as a 72-hour look-back feature, which allows you to watch most new shows on-demand within three days (and sometimes longer) of their conclusion, even if you don’t record them.
Dark Girls 2 Preview
In 2013, the Oprah Winfrey Network debuted a documentary called Dark Girls, which explored the prejudices dark-skinned women face all over the world. The film looked at the roots of classism, racism, and the lack of self-esteem within a segment of cultures that span from America to the most remote corners of the globe. Women share their personal stories, touching on deeply ingrained beliefs and attitudes of society while allowing generations to heal as they learn to love themselves for who they are. Now in 2020, the follow-up documentary, Dark Girls 2, is coming to OWN.
In the follow-up, women share things like why seeking therapy is seen as a “sign of weakness” in the Black community, how beauty brands exploit colorism, the worst possible thing you can say to a woman with dark skin, how social media has been instrumental in helping Black women reclaim their beauty, the bullying Black women experienced as children, how skin tone can affect school and workplace situations, how dark-skinned women feel about the world’s obsession with skin color, and how colorism in Hollywood means that beauty has largely been “restricted to one shade.”
The description of the film reads, “From acclaimed filmmaker D. Channsin Berry, Dark Girls 2 adds to the conversation by now bringing about the possible healing of women of color around the issue of colorism. Berry brings this conversation to the forefront of everyday women, young adults and teens who are dealing with the pain and anguish of the bias and discrimination they experience based on the color of their skin. In a day and age where ‘dark skin’ vs ‘light skin’ shouldn’t be an issue, women share their deeply personal stories of how they have been affected throughout their lives and their ongoing journeys towards healing.”
In a preview interview for the 2013 original film, filmmaker Bill Duke, who made the film alongside Berry, told the Los Angeles Times that he wanted to “give a voice to the voiceless.”
“It’s based upon my personal experience of being a dark-skinned child and called many kinds of names from elementary school up until high school. I tried to put bleach on my skin to lighten it because I thought it was ugly. I just wanted an opportunity to give a voice to the voiceless because there’s shame involved in the sense that a lot of women don’t say anything because people are going to think they’re complaining or weak,” said Duke.
He added, “I’ve literally heard famous friends of mine who are athletes and have money, when we’re in a club or something, they’ll point to a light-skinned woman and say, ‘I want one of those.’ Now, in their mind, a light-skinned woman is a trophy. A lot of black men believe this, that you get more power, more prestige if a lighter-skinned woman is on your arm. What happens to light-skinned women is they find out in relationships that since they’re a trophy, they’re transferable.
“It’s all produced by the beauty business. What the beauty business tells us is that God made a mistake. We’re going to sell you cosmetics, hair products, extensions and we’re going to sell you skin bleach. It’s a global phenomenon, not just a domestic American phenomenon.”
Dark Girls 2 premieres Tuesday, June 30 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on OWN.