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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

New Book “Dark Girls” Celebrates the Beauty of Dark-Skinned Women — Created by Legendary Director Bill Duke

— “Dark Girls” by Bill Duke, Shelia P. Moses, and Barron Claiborne on sale: November 11, 2014 (Harper Collins Books) at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble

Dark Girls By Bill Duke

Nationwide — In the tradition of the New York Times bestselling I Dream a World and Crowns comes DARK GIRLS, an inspiring and groundbreaking photo book that celebrates the beauty of dark-skinned women, created by legendary director Bill Duke.

DARK GIRLS began as a documentary of the same name that aired on the OWN Network and became its highest-rated show with more than two million viewers. The women in the film told of their experiences being dark-skinned, and the awful prejudice they faced as girls and as women. The show was highly emotional and moving – colorism is a passionate subject amongst women of color throughout the world.

Bill Duke knew he wanted to address these women with a book. Rather than a non-fiction book on the topic of colorism, he produced DARK GIRLS, a magnificent collection featuring accomplished dark-skinned women from all walks of life. In the book, celebrities such as Lupita Nyong’o, Vanessa Williams, Loretta Devine, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Judge Mablean Ephriam, Brandi and Karli Harvey, and over seventy-five other outstanding women share intimate insights into what their dark skin means to them.

Filled with gorgeous photographs and moving interviews with darker-skinned women by awardwinning writer Shelia P. Moses, this thoughtful, sophisticated, alluring, and uplifting collection captures the elegance of dark skin – joyfully showcasing that people truly are beautiful for who they are.

Author Bios:
Director, producer, and writer BILL DUKE is the godfather of African-American cinema. He was recently honored with a Lifetime Achievement Tribute from the Directors Guild of America, placing him in the company of directors like Stephen Spielberg and Clint Eastwood. Duke’s productions include “Miami Vice,” “Cagney & Lacey,” “Sister Act 2,” “American Gigolo,” “Get Rich or Die Tryin’,” “A Rage in Harlem,” “Predator,” and many more. He has degrees from Boston University, New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and the American Film Institute.

SHELIA P. MOSES is the author of fourteen books, including The Legend of Buddy Bush, which was a National Book Award finalist and a Coretta Scott King Award winner. Joseph was nominated for the 2009 NAACP Image Award. In 2000, she co-wrote Dick Gregory’s memoir Callus on My Soul and directed his tribute at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

BARRON CLAIBORNE’s work has appeared in numerous publications including Newsweek, The New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, and Interview. His photos are featured in museums and private collections throughout the world.



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Linda Jones, Publicist