Vanilla, Cinnamon & Dark Chocolate Preface

In an essay that appeared in her 1983 book, In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens, Alice Walker defined colorism as a practice of discrimination by which people with lightest skin are treated more favorably than those with darkest skin.

Colorism determines who gets ahead, who gets convicted, and who gets elected. Colorism also influences health, wealth, and opportunities for success.

Books such as The Color Complex and Shades of Difference: Why Skin Color Matters are academic works that explore the concept of colorism, and Passing, The Darkest Child, and The Dark-Skinned Sister are novels about it. This contemporary urban novel explores the lives of three women and the inferiority complexes associated with colorism.

Can the average woman overcome her unconscious negative self-talk, low self-esteem, and the accompanying anxiety and depression? Can she achieve self-acceptance and find love and happiness?

Join the Vanilla, Cinnamon, and Dark Chocolate on their journey to self-regard and well-being.

Articles on Colorism

Representative Ilhan Omar

Harvard Business Review

The Guardian

ABC News

NBC News