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Why Are Black Girls So Mean?

209579-thumbWhat happens when you Google “why are young black girls….?”

The writer asha bandela shared the experience yesterday with her followers on Facebook. When her daughter typed those words into a search for a project on young black girls and HIV/AIDS, before she could finish Google suggested “so rude,” “hair so short,” “so ghetto,” “so mean,” “so jealous,” and “so unattractive.”

By the way, try searching black women; here’s what Google fills in: “so mean,” “so loud,” single.”

bandele responded: “language and presumptions can kill. Change the conversation.”

Start talking the talk right now. Watch the new documentary “Imagine a Future,” directed and produced by Lisa Cortes, producer of the 2009 movie “Precious.” “Imagine a future” airs tonight at 9 PM on BET and is sponsored by the My Black Is Beautiful campaign–Procter and Gamble’s African-American answer to Dove’s much-discussed beauty campaign.

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Tonight’s film focuses on Janet Goldsboro, an African-American teen from Delaware who travels to South Africa on a journey of self-acceptance and self-discovery. As she digs deeper into her roots, she also explores historical and contemporary beauty and the self-esteem challenges faced by many Black women. Clck here to watch the trailer.

The documentary also features the voices of Gabourey Sidibe, Michaela Angela Davis, Gabrielle Douglas, Tatyana Ali and Melissa Harris-Perry. It challenges viewers to re-think standards of beauty.

Following the premiere, BET will air Girl Talk, a summit-style discussion.

Watch with the young women–and men–in your life. And as bandele says, change the conversation.

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