Watch Preview Trailer For Doc “Black Girl In Suburbia”

by Tambay A. Obenson
October 26, 2011 2:27 AM
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Check out the trailer for an upcoming independent feature documentary titled Black Girl In Suburbia, directed by Melissa Lowery; the film centers on the "shared experiences between African American women and girls raised in predominately white communities."

A longer synopsis from the film's website follows:

Black Girl In Suburbia is a feature documentary that looks into the experiences of black girls growing up in predominately white communities. This is a different look into suburbia from the perspective of women of color. This film explores through professional and personal interviews the conflict and issues black girls have relating to both white and black communities. There are many girls out there who have stories to tell about struggle and triumph, but have never had an outlet to share. That’s why this film is so important! Black Girl In Suburbia intends to spark an open dialogue about race, identity, and perspective among all people. In hopes that these discussions will allow us to look at perceptions of ourselves, others and the community we live in as a whole.

The doc's Facebook page boasts a Summer 2012 release.

Of course, we'll be on alert for future developments.

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9 Comments

  • Melissa | November 11, 2011 7:04 AMReply

    Black girls... I guess means black american girls?
    Because black african women can be found everywhere from Albania to Africa to Beverly Hills to Zyrgystan. And no they are not prostitutes or maids.
    Black people are everywhere, all the time... just like Chinese. Nothing new or special.

  • InLurkusWeTrustUs | October 28, 2011 8:04 AMReply

    ...predominantly white communities...

    next up: black girls growing up in trailer parks on the north side of town. sound good? black girls growing up in...the Netherlands or the Pacific isles or something. actually that one might appeal to me more than suburban town.

    I do like all points of view. I wish this feature well but am not all that interested (hence the snark above). But if it explores the authenticity of blackness...which seems ridiculous to write/think/even speak, "I get it", then so be it and again, good luck. I'll add to my Netflix and further comment this time next year...when it releases; if not before then.

  • BluTopaz | October 28, 2011 1:54 AMReply

    Now i can do my doc about growing up in the projects but sounding White, getting beat up coming out of French class by the hood girls who skipped homeroom, etc. and i'll start it all off with a haiku and sad music.

    Or maybe one about dark skinned Black American women who grow up so well adjusted and happy we are fitting to burst with glee and sunshine, but will everyone think it's science fiction?

  • eshowoman | October 26, 2011 12:29 PMReply

    As a black woman raised in England, Canada and the Bronx, I can definitely relate to some of this. When I moved to the Bronx I was beat up for sounding white even though every black person I know sounded like me or had a Caribbean or African accent

  • Batare | October 26, 2011 11:54 AMReply

    I'm so glad a story like this is being told. There has been a conflict about being authentically black for a very long time. I think this will be a wonderful documentary because maybe it will open people's eyes to the fact that, speaking correctly doesn't mean your trying to be uppity and taking pride in your personal appearance doesn't mean you're looking down on anyone else. Thank you for the trailer.

  • K | October 26, 2011 9:19 AMReply

    It'd be cool to watch a movie about black girls in suburbia instead of a documentary. Which is cool too. But it just be nice to see a scripted stories with black people transcending stereotypes. Sure it'd make people feel uncomfortable but it"d nice too see.

  • Sister Toldja | October 26, 2011 8:14 AMReply

    Is it just me or are there too many negative assessments of black women? Good Hair, Dark Girls, now this?

    I'll reserve judgment after viewing.

  • misha | October 26, 2011 7:51 AMReply

    Well I guess it's official: we have our new twist on the "tragic mulatto" phenomenon. I'll pass.

  • menelic | October 26, 2011 5:34 AMReply

    While i'm sympathetic to every attempt to explore and showcase Black diversity, I am also increasingly tired of the endless regurgitation of stereotypes and disrespectful remarks by Black people who want to appear "different from the cliche". Far too often, this results in dissing Black language (2 disparaging remarks in a 4 min trailer) - which ironically also shows a sad lack of cultural/educational insight. PLEASE: Varieties of Black English such as different flavours of Ebonics, Gullah, Patwa and Pidgin are NOT "bad" or "wrong" English. You don't need to like it or even understand it, but stop dissing what various linguists and educational scientists have identified as languages in their own right. And no, the people who claim this are not just Black people looking for excuses, there are Nobel laureates (Morrisson, anyone?) who have weighted into the debate. For a brief overview, see here: http://www.stanford.edu/~rickford/papers/EbonicsInMyBackyard.html

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