Journal of Colorism Studies


Vol. 3, No. 1, March 30

Message from the Editor-in-Chief
Greetings,On behalf of the Journal of Colorism Studies (JOCS), we are happy to publish this second thematic issue "Celebrating, Embracing and Empowering Girls and Women of Color" in collaboration with the National Girls and Women of Color Council, Inc....
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A Critical Race Autoethnography: A Narrative about the Academy, a Father and a Daughter and a Search for Love
IntroductionThere has been a very small body of research on father-daughter relationships (Fields, 1983; Krampe & Newton, 2012; Sheffler & Naus, 1999) and even less on Black father-daughter relationships (Beauboeuf-Lafontant, 2009; Coley, 2003;...
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"His and "Her" Perspectives: The Dichotomy of Colorism in a Black Marriage
IntroductionThe purpose of this case study was to understand how colorism influences the dynamics within a Black heterosexual marriage. According to The Intraracial Colorism Project, Inc., (2016) "colorism involves distinctions based on skin color (light,...
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Nguzo Saba as a Framework for Mentoring Black Female Students at Predominantly White Institutions (PWIs)
IntroductionAn abundance of literature suggests that having a mentor is an important component of personal and professional advancement (Timpe & Lunkenheimer, 2015; Ishiyama, 2007; Robinson, & Reio, 2012; Griffin, 2013). The lack of mentoring...
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Mom, Can We Talk? African American Mothers' and Daughters' Misperceptions on Communication about Sexual Health and Intimacy
IntroductionWhat do African American mother and daughter health narratives reveal about the nature of communication regarding sexual health and intimacy? What are the kinds of issues pertaining to sexual health, sexuality and relationships that some...
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Vol. 2, No. 1, October 10

A Metasynthesis: Theory Used to Ground Research concerning Black Women in Entrepreneurship
IntroductionThe body of knowledge regarding black female entrepreneurs has seen an increase in recent years largely in response to the rising number of businesses owned by black women. Since 1997, the number of business owned by black women has increased...
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Women of Color and the Fabulous Fifties: Embracing Your Psychological, Emotional, Physical and Social Well-Being
On my fiftieth birthday, I looked in the mirror and realized that my inner beauty was radiating as I embraced being in my prime. As I began to write a new chapter in the book of my life, I felt rejuvenated and re-balanced as I began my journey in style...
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Reclaiming My Black Womanhood: Lessons My Daughter Taught Me
"Hello, my name is Charlie and I am a recovering Black woman." My stereotypical masculine name means "free man" which I facetiously laud as a good thing because I have grown up in a society that has often denied my black womanhood. Over the past three...
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Tailoring Our Own Business Suits: What I Learned about Women of Color in the Workplace
My first time on the radio was speaking as part of the Celebrating, Embracing and Empowering Girls and Women of Color Talk Radio Series of Complexity Talk Radio, specifically "Episode 5: Breaking Down Race and Color Barriers" (Culbreth, Halliburton,...
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Celebrating Our Gardens: Using an Endarkened Feminist Pedagogy to Transform Public Insults into Social Transformation
IntroductionThere are timeless narratives that speak to the struggles of Black female teachers to promote educational equity in the United States. Their stories have often recognized the classroom as fertile grounds to facilitate social transformation....
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Unapologetically: The Cost and Calling of Black Women's Authenticity in the Academy
Speak freely.We want to hear your opinion.Your insights are critical and of value.This is what some liberals in educational systems across our country would likely espouse as their fundamental beliefs regarding the ideas, thoughts, and values of Black...
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A Profound Way to Say Goodbye: Celebrating the Life of My Mother and Her Empowering Embrace
When Death Comes KnockingOn September 20, 2016, my mother passed away suddenly and my heart broke into a million pieces. The shock, disbelief, and pain were a heavy burden to bear especially so, because I was not ready to say goodbye, not ready to plan...
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A Phenomenal Woman of Color
What is NGWCC?NGWCC is a non-profit organization with tax-exempt status, formed to be a council for educators, administrators, business leaders, parents/guardians, students, community leaders, and community organizations to address and discuss historical...
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Vol. 1, No. 1, January 12

A Message from the Editor-in-Chief
Greetings,On behalf of the Journal of Colorism Studies (JOCS), I am delighted to publish our first issue. With the addition of Dr. Julie Jung-Kim as Editor, we decided to revive JOCS, and have committed to publishing semi-annually.Colorism and a plethora...
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Colorism in Mental Health: Looking the Other Way
With major pharmacological advances there has been a shift in psychiatry to focus on biological factors versus environmental and social factors. However, as our minority population grows and disparities in health outcomes in these communities persist,...
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Immigration: The Value of American Resident Alien
The development and progress of people have always been tied to the ability of such people to move and relocate to new areas abundant with more resources as well as better opportunities for advancement. In this simple act of migratory evolution that...
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The Blacker the Berry?
Colorism is a taboo topic in the African American community. Colorism is the pattern of treating people differently based on skin tone (Russell, Wilson, Hall, 2013). During slavery blacks possessing dark skin worked in the fields and blacks possessing...
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Creating a New Racial Order: How Immigration, Multiracialism, Genomics, and the Young Can Remake Race in America
In 2013 a television advertisement for Cheerios breakfast cereal generated so many negative comments that General Mills shut down the comments section on its YouTube website. What forced General Mills' hand? An otherwise innocuous television commercial...
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The Desperately Dark, and the Faithful Fair: The Use and Abuse of Color Indicators in Lee Daniels's Film "Precious"
This essay addresses the role of complexion, complexion indicators, colorism and complexion stereotypes in Lee Daniels's film "Precious," the both controversial and award winning film based on the book Push by the author Sapphire.I have to first confess...
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