Beautiful Darkness With Jenee Darden

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Beautiful Darkness With Jenee Darden

Selfie of smiling Black woman with a dark brown complexion
Image description: Selfie of smiling Black woman with a dark brown complexion, purple and black Marley textured extensions and purple lipstick, in a black sleeveless top.

My dream is for us to BE. I dream for Black people all over the world to just BE themselves without being attacked or harmed. Our creativity, beauty and brilliance are so threatening to others. I want a world where Black people can live peacefully. I want Black folks to be able to create, innovate, love who they want, sex who they want (with consent), be treated with respect and that we respect each other. I want us all to have adequate healthcare, a home, a quality education and for us to never go in need of the basic necessities. I dream that this happens on an Earth that is healthy and taken care of by her inhabitants. I want us to be free, and I want our community to be free of the discrimination and oppression we put on each other.

Jenee Darden

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Event Description

The mainstream narrative of dark-skinned Black girls and women is often sad and hopeless. That narrative is tired! From Lupita Nyong’o and Gabourey Sidibe to the cool aunties and women in our community–we know that there’s so much more to our story. While colorism is an issue in this society, we can heal from it and embrace our dark complexion. This is a celebratory and healing workshop for self-identified dark-skinned Black girls and women who are struggling with colorism and have internalized it. Writer and mental health advocate Jenee Darden, who overcame her struggles with colorism leads this interactive and creative space that involves discussion, re-thinking colorist ideology imposed on us, and writing and art exercises to honor our inner and outer beauty.

Who Is This Event For?

My target audience:
Age: Teens to adults
Gender: self-identified girls and women
Sexual Orientation/Class/Disability/Immigration/Profession: Open

I’m not doing a complexion check. I’m not defining dark-skinned. People who feel they identify with those descriptions are welcome to attend.

Event Goals, Hopes, & Outcomes

I want people to rethink darkness, dark skin and being dark. This is what I did for my own healing. I want them to see themselves differently and better. I want them to walk away loving themselves more. I hope this workshop takes them even further into their healing path.

Event Length

3 hours 15 minutes, including a 45-minute off-screen self-reflective writing/art break in the middle

Event Date and Time

Sunday, October 11, 3-6:15 PM PT

3-4:15 PM PT Part One
4:15-5 PM PT Off-Screen Self-Reflective Writing/Art Break
5-6:15 PM PT Part Two

How to Register

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Register on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/beautiful-darkness-with-jenee-darden-registration-124516422973

Facebook Event

https://www.facebook.com/events/260975295212269

Presenter Bio

Jeneé Darden is an award-winning journalist, public speaker, mental health advocate and proud Oakland native. Her first book is a womanist collection of poetry and essays titled When a Purple Rose Blooms (Nomadic Press). She writes about her personal experiences with love, sex and mental health as a Black woman. Jeneé blogs at CocoaFly.com.

“Being involved with Black Healing October is important to me because our people have been hurting for a long time. And right now the weight of the world is extra heavy. But I’m glad that now we’re adding healing to the conversation of our struggle, instead of the “look at what our ancestors went through so why are you crying” thinking that shamed many of us for our feelings.
I’ve been doing work in mental health advocacy for about 10 years now, most of it focused on fighting the stigma in the Black community. And I wished when I was a Black girl growing up in East Oakland, dealing with early stages of depression and self-hatred caused by colorism, that there was a Black Healing October for me. Knowing Vanessa Rochelle Lewis’ heart and legacy of her work, I know these spaces she is creating for people will help many.
So I hope to share my resources, expertise and lessons learned from my own struggles to help others heal.”

More From This Presenter

Jenee’s book When a Purple Rose Blooms is available through Nomadic Press.


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