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Healing Conversations After the OWN Premiere of “Dark Girls”

DARKGIRLSDVD.jpg.The Association of Black Psychologists (ABPsi) has announced that in response to a request from the Oprah Winfrey Network, it is providing resources to facilitate healing conversations about the ground-breaking film, Dark Girls, which had its world television premiere on OWN on last night. ABPsi’s resources will be available at www.abpsi.org.

In addition, ABPsi is providing information about its collaboration with the Community Healing Network (CHN), which is working to mobilize the Black community to overcome internalized beliefs about the inferiority of Black skin, Black hair, and other characteristics associated with people of African ancestry.

Dark Girls explores the blows to self-esteem faced by dark-skinned women all over the world, and ABPsi psychologists have compiled a summary of the issues raised in the film and their psychological implications, emotional wellness tips, and links to helpful resources.

Dr. Cheryl Grills, President of ABPsi saidDark Girls gives us an opportunity to take a soul-searching look at the effects of racism on the self-image of Black women personally and collectively, particularly as it relates to complexion, so that where healing is needed, we can heal; where our tools for resilience and defying the lie protected us, we can lift them up for celebration and increased use.”

According to Dr. Daryl Rowe, President-Elect of ABPsi,Dark Girls is a powerful documentary that looks behind the curtain of color-consciousness and its damaging effects within the African American community. It provides penetrating insights into the historical, cultural, relational, and personal challenges that internalized racism wreaks within and between persons of African ancestry.”

To address the broad range of problems related to the idea of Black inferiority, ABPsi is working with CHN to create a network of self-help groups focused on emotional emancipation, healing, and wellness for Black people. ABPsi has developed a ground-breaking, research-based Emotional Emancipation (EE) Circles Toolkit and Curriculum in partnership with CHN, which will be available to the public in August 2013. EE Circles are safe, flexible gatherings in which Black people can come together to share stories, learn more about the impact of historical forces on emotions, and learn and practice essential emotional wellness skills.

“We believe,” said Community Healing Network President Enola Aird, “that the only real solution to the problems illuminated in Dark Girls is a vibrant grassroots movement for the emotional emancipation of Black people, and it is our hope that EE Circles will be catalysts for personal reflection, dialogue, and action that will help heal, revitalize, and transform the Black community.”

For more information, visit www.abpsi.org and www.CommunityHealingNet.org.

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