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Saturday, July 13, 2013


New Upcoming Documentary Black Girl In Suburbia

To be released 2014:

Black Girl In Suburbia is a feature documentary that looks into the experiences of black girls growing up in predominately white communities. This is a different look into suburbia from the perspective of women of color. This film explores through professional and personal interviews the conflict and issues black girls have relating to both white and black communities. There are many girls out there who have stories to tell about struggle and triumph, but have never had an outlet to share. That’s why this film is so important!

Black Girl In Suburbia intends to spark an open dialogue about race, identity, and perspective among all people. In hopes that these discussions will allow us to look at perceptions of ourselves, others and the community we live in as a whole.


Melissa Lowery is an upcoming filmmaker from Portland Oregon. She graduated from Pacific University in the fall of 2009 with a BA in Media. After graduation, Melissa worked on several short independent film projects, commercials and a webseries, around the Portland area. She is also a wife and mother of 2 girls. Black Girl In Suburbia is her first feature documentary. Melissa lived in Southern California for 11 years, her family moved back 6 years ago, and she still misses Cali’s weather! She has always wanted to work in media, film specifically, and has had a great passion for it!

According to Melissa she states: "there are no words to describe how excited and happy I am to have the opportunity to make this film and to see it come to life. This process has been amazing…a little nerve racking, but amazing!! I am drawn to documentaries because of the freedom they allow me to have in telling truthful stories and experiences like the ones in BGS. My life is full, crazy and beautiful with surprises that pop up every now and then! But such is life, and life is good!"

For more information contact Melissa Lowery at Here is a trailer for the documentary below:



  1. Why is everything about Black and White people?

  2. It seems Race (aka Black) is a business, especially in the U.S.

  3. Not sure what is meant by your comment, but I will add that for several years we have been shunned from telling our stories. A documentary like this (like so many others) I think is interesting because it allows a perspective to be seen that may have not received any attention before. I rarely see stories or images of women who have shared my experience and sometimes (at least once in a while) its refreshing to see others whom I can relate to in some capacity. I myself never grew up in the suburbs, but I can relate to this story of being viewed as "too white to be black and too black to be white". You're right, everything shouldn't always be about race, but sometimes there are stories out there that we conceal so we can pretend that we live in a melting pot when that is simply not the case. I pray and hope to one day live in a world where we can all look beyond "black" an "white". However, when you live in a world where there are a myriad of people who don't look like you nor can they understand your experience, it makes one feel isolated or different. I won't speak for everyone on this comment, but this has certainly been my experience.

  4. I am a black teenager living in the UK, in London. And while I live in an area which is multicultural but has a large black presence, I still used to get called things like oreo. Black on the outside and white on the inside. I can definitely relate to this video. I am currently working on a project to speak up on my blog about my own experience as a black british female teenager. Even though I'm in the UK I hope I can watch this documentary somehow


  5. I have been in this very predicament. It will be interesting!