“In many parts of the world, people are judged not just by their skin color but also by their skin tone. The devaluing of dark-skinned women, which is discussed in the documentary, Dark Girls, is something many African-American actresses must overcome. Watch as Alfre Woodard, Viola Davis, Phylicia Rashad and Gabrielle Union tackle the light versus dark-skinned debate.

Watch this episode of Oprah’s Next Chapter on Sunday, June 23, at 9/8c, plus the world television premiere of the documentary Dark Girls at 10/9c.

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Cannot wait for this.

What you really want is to be surrounded by people you trust and treasure and by people who cherish you. That’s when you’re really rich.
It speaks to the essence of what the show has tried to say all these years: that you are not the product of your circumstances. You are a composite of all the things you believe, and all the places you believe you can go. Your past does not define you. You can step out of your history and create a new day for yourself. Even if the entire culture is saying, ‘You can’t.’ Even if every single possible bad thing that can happen to you does. You can keep going forward.
Your willingness to be truthful about who you really are opens up enormous possibilities.
What is real, what is lasting, is who you are and what you were meant to bring. What is the gift you were meant to give? And nobody can take that away from you.
God can dream a bigger dream than you can dream for yourself.
When you recognize the mystery of that creation, all the circumstances that had to configure and reconfigure themselves, all the questions we don’t have answered, you have to know the fact that I’m here matters. The fact that you’re here matters. This is no accident. None of us are.
I could be a better Oprah Winfrey than a pretend Barbara Walters.
Perhaps the real heart within us it not just a pump. Perhaps the real heart within us is about love and faith. Perhaps the physical body is not who we really are. Perhaps we are these invisible souls walking around and the body is just an instrument or metaphor for something we are trying to learn.
[Fear is] all in your head. You just have to get rid of fear and confront the world. Look at yourself in the mirror and say to yourself, ‘I love you and nothing will destroy you and you’re not going to fall.’