Ulysses "DJ Lish" Barnes canceled a party that would let "light skinned" black women in for free. After news of the "Light Skin Libra Birthday Bash" in Detroit spread across the Internet yesterday (we received the flyer from a tipster) and Barnes got angry calls and e-mails from around the country. "I didn't mean to offend anyone," he says. "We were going to take a shade of color each week. Next week was going to be a party for 'Sexy Chocolate' and the week after that 'Sexy Caramel.'" The party's discriminating tone reminded many of the days of the "paper bag test," in which a black person's complexion had to be lighter than a brown grocery bag before they could be admitted to exclusive social clubs. Pearl Jr., founder of the Black Women's Movement in L.A. was one of those who called DJ Lish. "I had a good conversion with him and he understood," she says. "Ignorance can't always be an excuse." Barnes is planning to host a charity event to make up for the "problems or pain" he caused. [Detroit News]
Damn, I could have gotten in for free! I am actually a light skinned libra!
The skin color thing is a big deal in the black community. Growing up, I did not notice it because my family has a huge spectrum of color. We always made jokes about it. Once, my dark skinned aunt was driving my cousins and I around a nice neighborhood in her Lexus and she said if we get pulled over they would say they were driving me around.e It was not until I was older (esp. when I went to college) that I noticed it. I had this friend who seemed to have resentment towards me because I was light skinned. Her ex-boyfriend, who is now my roommate, told me about he rants about how he wanted a white girl or a girl that was my color even though he was with her. I am not sure if this guy is right or wrong (since he planned on having themed nights) but it was bad error in judgement.