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4th Jun '16 8:20:49 AM Doug86
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* In the ''Hudson'' books by Commercial DubsVCAndrews, heroine Rain is praised for her beauty including being lighter-skinned than the rest of her family. This turns out to be because [[spoiler:she's actually biracial and her biological mother is white.]]

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* In the ''Hudson'' books by Commercial DubsVCAndrews, Creator/VCAndrews, heroine Rain is praised for her beauty including being lighter-skinned than the rest of her family. This turns out to be because [[spoiler:she's actually biracial and her biological mother is white.]]
4th Jun '16 8:17:53 AM Doug86
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* In the ''Hudson'' books by VCAndrews, heroine Rain is praised for her beauty including being lighter-skinned than the rest of her family. This turns out to be because [[spoiler:she's actually biracial and her biological mother is white.]]

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* In the ''Hudson'' books by VCAndrews, Commercial DubsVCAndrews, heroine Rain is praised for her beauty including being lighter-skinned than the rest of her family. This turns out to be because [[spoiler:she's actually biracial and her biological mother is white.]]
28th May '16 3:11:06 PM CaptainCrawdad
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** The fact that most of the aforementioned actresses are actually bi-racial points to an even darker (no pun intended) reality. The reality being that non-mixed African American women are even ''LESS'' likely to be featured in a mainstream film...Unless it's black made.



* Up until about 1990, you'll notice that Hispanic actors and actresses in Hollywood tended to be either White Hispanics or Mestizos who could pass for White.. A prominent early example was Ricardo Montalban, who was a ''Spanish'' (both of his parents were immigrants from Spain to Mexico) Mexican as opposed to a ''mestizo'' one. Other examples: Martin Sheen (born Ramon Estevez) and his son Charlie (born Carlos Estevez), Daphne Zuniga (who famously played a [[SpaceJews Space Jew]] in ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'')...and perhaps the UrExample, Rita Hayworth (born Margarita Cansino). Also note that Pancho, the Spanish-speaking commando in the Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger flick ''Film/{{Predator}}'', is supposed to be Puerto Rican [[AllThereInTheScript (according to the screenplay)]] but he appears almost as white as Dutch (Schwarzenegger) or the other white commandos.
** Even then, this trope is played painfully straight to this day with the high amount of successful Hispanic actresses and female singers, such as Cameron Diaz, Christina Aguilera, being a mixture of Hispanic and Anglo heritage. Fully Hispanic American actresses and singers (especially nonwhite ones) are often not as widely successful. Jennifer Lopez is fully Hispanic (she is a Puerto Rican of Spanish ancestry), yet she is very light skinned.
*** Notable exceptions to the rule include Creator/SofiaVergara (Colombian and noticeably tan) and Patricia Velasquez (half Amerindian and dark toned enough to play [[Film/TheMummy an Egyptian]]).
** This is a ''very'' serious problem in Latin America's own film industry. Whites are over-represented in film and TV. The leading nonwhite actors are mostly light-skinned mestizos or mulattos. Unmixed black or Amerindian people hardly ever get good roles. It is especially glaring in countries such as Mexico where whites are the minority, and the telenovelas are loaded with white Hispanics.


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* ''Film/{{Nina}}'' caused controversy when mixed-race actress Zoe Saldana was cast as African-American musician Nina Simone. Saldana's skin is darkened and she wears a prosthetic nose to better look the part.
22nd May '16 5:34:49 PM lakingsif
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* Rashida Jones is of mixed-race ancestry (her father is music mogul Quincy Jones and her mother is white actress Peggy Lipton) but few of Rashida's characters are actually identified as ''black''. They made her look really white on [[http://cdn.images.juno.co.uk/full/IS400854-01-01-BIG.jpg this cover]] of ''Bust'' magazine, and Rashida rarely if ever plays mixed characters let alone black ones.

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* Rashida Jones Creator/RashidaJones is of mixed-race ancestry (her father is music mogul Quincy Jones and her mother is white actress Peggy Lipton) but few of Rashida's characters are actually identified as ''black''. They made her look really white on [[http://cdn.images.juno.co.uk/full/IS400854-01-01-BIG.jpg this cover]] of ''Bust'' magazine, and Rashida rarely if ever plays mixed characters let alone black ones.
19th May '16 6:09:45 PM nombretomado
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* Averted on ''MyNameIsEarl'' with both 'Crabman' Darnell and Earl Jnr.

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* Averted on ''MyNameIsEarl'' ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'' with both 'Crabman' Darnell and Earl Jnr.



* Pleasantly {{subverted|Trope}} with Creator/AngelCoulby on ''Series/{{Merlin}}'': in the promotional shots for series two [[http://oi43.tinypic.com/1xyr7s.jpg she appears quite fair]], yet in the shots for series four (the season in which she becomes Queen), she is [[http://oi39.tinypic.com/bfkumw.jpg portrayed as considerably darker]].

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* Pleasantly {{subverted|Trope}} with Creator/AngelCoulby on ''Series/{{Merlin}}'': ''Series/{{Merlin|2008}}'': in the promotional shots for series two [[http://oi43.tinypic.com/1xyr7s.jpg she appears quite fair]], yet in the shots for series four (the season in which she becomes Queen), she is [[http://oi39.tinypic.com/bfkumw.jpg portrayed as considerably darker]].
15th May '16 5:37:55 AM PhysicalStamina
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** ->''"I asked if my skin pale, would I then sell like Music/{{Eminem}} or {{Adele}}?"''
** Worth noting that Music/{{Eminem}} himself has said he believes his success is in part to do with being white, declaring on his song "White America".
*** ->''"Look at these eyes, baby blue, baby just like yourself/If they were brown Shady'd lose, Shady sits on the shelf"''
*** ->''"Let's do the math: if I was black, I would've sold half"''

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** ->''"I -->''"I asked if my skin pale, would I then sell like Music/{{Eminem}} or {{Adele}}?"''
** Worth noting that Music/{{Eminem}} himself has said he believes his success is in part to do with being white, declaring on his song "White America".
*** ->''"Look
America":
-->''"Look
at these eyes, baby blue, baby just like yourself/If they were brown Shady'd lose, Shady sits on the shelf"''
*** ->''"Let's -->''"Let's do the math: if I was black, I would've sold half"''
10th May '16 12:28:17 PM PDL
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** ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'' added a dark brown skin tone option.
6th May '16 12:49:33 AM Ragitsu
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** Storm's father was an American of African descent known as David Kelly. This makes both of her parents humans of African descent.

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** Storm's father was an American of African descent known as David Kelly.Munroe. This makes both of her parents humans of African descent.
6th May '16 12:48:42 AM Ragitsu
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** Storm's father was an American of African descent known as David Kelly. This makes both of her parents humans of African descent.
16th Apr '16 6:47:15 PM DrOO7
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* An episode of the {{Lifetime}} series ''Any Day Now'' had the dark-skinned Renee clashing with her light-skinned campaign manager (she was running for DA), feeling that every suggestion the woman made was an example of this trope. But during a huge argument, Renee was shocked when the woman accused ''her'' of colorism. It turns out that what Renee saw as standing up for herself and embracing her complexion, the other woman perceived as insulting her for being fair-skinned and of biracial heritage.
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