September 27, 2019

In the early 2000s, weekday evenings after school consisted of a ritual young black girls know all too well. Sitting either in a salon chair, or in your mother’s living room anticipating the heat of a hot comb and the tugging of edges. UPN, now the CW was another part of that ritual.

At the time, Girlfriends was my favorite on the line-up. I’d perk up with enthusiasm, risking a slap from the comb, every time I heard the theme...

March 7, 2019

Move over, Netflix. Kweli.tv is here to stay. KweliTV is a streaming media platform for black film creators all over the world to make their work public, get feedback and make money from its circulation. Not only is KweliTV completely black-owned and founded by a black woman (DeShuna Spencer), but all of its content is carefully handpicked to bring a positive contribution to the black community.

Also, almost all of the content...

January 31, 2019

When you think of gorgeous dark-skinned black women, you probably think of Lupita N’yongo, Amara La Negra, Duckie Thot and Justine Skye. But there are way more than just those four! There are gorgeous dark-skinned beauties everywhere and we’re going to bring your attention to just a few of them.

1. Sira Kante

Although you may not have known her name, you’ve probably seen Sira Kante somewhere on Instagram or Pinterest before. Thi...

January 29, 2019

The Surviving R. Kelly documentary was released earlier this month, and the reactions to it have abounded across the internet. Everyone watched, and everyone seems to have an opinion on R. Kelly, the women who gave detailed accounts of their experiences with him, and who is really to blame for it all.

As people argue online about the credibility of these women, who enabled R. Kelly, and whether or not abuse begetting abuse is...

January 17, 2019

15-year-old Danielle Bregoli, better known as the Cash Me Outside girl or by her rap name Bhad Bhabie, is the rising star of the day and we—or at least, I— can’t seem to figure out why. She rose to fame in 2016 after she and her mother appeared on an episode of Dr. Phil, during which she threatened both him and the audience, coining the infamous phrase “cash me outside, howbowdah?”, which became an inescapable meme and was rem...

November 22, 2018

The list of black men who publicly disrespect and abuse black women’s image in the media is long and exhausting, so it’s refreshing, when we see black men like Broderick Hunter making an effort to understand the plight of black women and attempting to speak up and stand up for us. Broderick Hunter, is one such man who has a history of uplifting and encouraging black women and more specifically, dark-skinned black women.

In an i...

October 26, 2018

If you’re plugged in on social media then you witnessed Jamaican dancehall artist, Spice set the internet ablaze with her skin bleaching stunt recently. The artist/reality TV star released a photo on Instagram with white appearing skin, light colored contacts, long blonde hair and a caption that read; "Nothing wrong with a fresh start"

Skin bleaching accusations flooded the singers comment section, tons of videos flew up on Y...

September 25, 2018

Historically dark skinned black woman promotion has not always been in our favor. Many of us have seen the stereotypical images promoted far more than those promoted here on DDS Magazine; however the misrepresentation of us didn’t just begin a few days ago, our images have been tainted for generations by American society causing some of our prominent and monumental figures in black American women history to be overlooked or le...

September 10, 2018

For those who missed it, Miss New York, Nia Imani Wilson, was crowned Miss America 2019 on Sunday. It should be no surprise why this is a big deal for us here at DDS, I mean look at her! To put it bluntly, Wilson has a combination of features that are rarely celebrated on black American women simultaneously - dark skin, a broad nose and a thin figure. 

This is almost a repeat of Deshauna Barber, another dark skinned black...

July 20, 2018

Shuri, Black Panther's little sister, is finally getting her time to shine in her own spin-off comic book series! On July 17th Bustle announced that the Marvel Universe Comic world would be releasing a new standalone series that is based entirely on Shuri's interesting escapades and adventures.

If you’re one of the few people who haven’t seen Black Panther yet (seriously, what are you doing?), Shuri is the daughter of King...

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