The Souls of Black Girls is an award-winning documentary featuring Actresses Regina King and Jada Pinkett Smith, Rapper Chuck D and the late Gwen Ifill, among others. The documentary film raises the question of whether or not women of color may be suffering from a self-image disorder as a result of trying to attain the standards of beauty that are celebrated in media images.
"Too often our girls do not rise to their full potential because they are so affected by the image that others project of them. It's good to have something that helps us understand what's happening to our girls. This film was the answer to a prayer” - Dr. Dorothy Height
"This film is a powerful reminder of the need to ensure that we are intentional in supporting the cognitive, social and emotional development of all women and girls, especially among African American women and girls,” - David Johns, Former Executive Director, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans
"As Director of the St. John's University Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP), I've used the "Souls of Black Girls" documentary to open the dialogue of self-love and acceptance with my young women every time the opportunity arised. We must continue to create the platform for our young men and women to discuss self-love. I strongly recommend the use of "Souls of Black Girls" as a tool for open discussion. Most importantly, it creates a "safe space" for young women to share personal struggles with self and what society constitutes as beautiful." - Yvette Morgan, GEAR UP Director St. John's University