“Dark Girls” Reflects the Nature of Race at Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science


Dark GirlsIn South Florida, all shades of color rule, but on April 2, “Dark Girls” will take center stage, as part of the MCCJ (Miami Coalition of Christians and Jews) Film Series on race at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science.

The film and discussion will explore how perceptions of color and women have challenged our communities. Sahlia Nelson, executive director of Urgent, Inc. will lead the talk, then visitors are invited to view the “RACE: Are We So Different” exhibit, on display until May 26, 2014. “Dark Girls” is part of a full schedule of exploratory poetry, workshops, films and play readings at the Museum through late May.

“Dark Girls” comes at a PR-worthy, opportune time when feature film, “12 Years a Slave,” garnered key 2014 Academy Awards, including one for ebony-skinned beauty Lupita Nyong’o for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. In her quick ascent to pop culture and fashion stratospheres, Nyong’o has elegantly accepted the responsibility of sharing her opinion about race.

At the 7th Annual Black Women in Hollywood luncheon, Nyong’o talked openly about her struggles as a child with her dark skin and how she came to eventually value her beauty, both internal and external. She read a letter from another dark-skinned young girl who looked at her as a role model, and she was honored to encourage others to love themselves as they are.

These are the kinds of revelations and confirmations that the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science and MCCJ Film Series hopes to inspire. Feel free to join the conversation that affects us all.

“Dark Girls”

April 2, 2014; 6–9 p.m.

Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science

3280 South Miami Avenue

Miami, FL 33129

Cost: $6