South Africans React to Pearl Thusi's Comments on Colorism at 'The Next 100 Summit' on Social Media

30 November 2018

Digital Content

Thusi says her experience with colorism has impacted her career negatively—most South Africans beg to differ.

OkayAfrica and Global Citizen held The Next 100 Summit Thursday—a consortium of thought leaders in order to have a discourse around where we are today and where we are going in the future. As we reflect on the legacy of Nelson Mandela on his 100th birthday, the Summit was a day full of panels featuring most influential leaders, thinkers, and doers from across sub-Saharan Africa and the diaspora to discuss how we can come together and build a better future.

The first panel—"Economic Inclusion and Exclusion in Africa" moderated by Abiola Oke, CEO and Publisher of OkayAfrica and Okayplayer—featured Sherwin Charles, CEO of Goodbye Malaria, Merafe Moloto, Founder and CEO of MOLOTO CAPITAL INVESTMENTS, George Sebulela, President & Chief Executive of Sebvest Holdings and Pearl Thusi, actress and Mandela 100 Advocate.

Our team on the ground in Johannesburg has been capturing bits and clips of this panel, as well as the discussions that were had during the day on Twitter alongside our livestream on YouTube, but one clip featuring thoughts from Thusi has sparked a debate among South Africans and the many corners of Black Twitter.

When answering a question touching on the intersections of gender and race, she mentions, "...All those things really kind of hold me back as I was growing in this industry...for me it's been more colorism that's affected me..."Read the full article on Okyafrica here.