Does America have an unhealthy obsession with beauty?

…well, yes, hence Beyonce and Queen Latifah’s lighter and brighter look and the very fact that TMZ exists, but that’s not quite the point of this post.

This post is about highlighting a fellow filmmaker, Darryl Roberts, whose powerful and moving documentary “America the Beautiful,” which I believe all Black women, especially our younger sisters should see, has finally made it to theaters!

Congrats Darryl!

In “America the Beautiful,” which was executive produced by actor Michael Beach (“Waiting to Exhale,” “Third Watch”), Darryl goes on a two year journey to examine America’s new obsession…physical perfection.

Questioning the conventional answers of too much television, and easy access to plastic surgery, Roberts concludes that doesn’t fully explain our national psychosis because these same images are found all over Europe and Canada, yet their citizens do not have this equivalent obsession.

Looking at the glossy pages of supermarket magazines, Roberts reasons we have all found ourselves wishing we were a little more like ‘that’. The hope of achieving these ‘ideals’ has us buying cosmetics, toiletries, fashion and plastic surgeries at increasingly dramatic rates.

Has the American Dream changed so much that it can only be achieved once we can perfectly emulate the super thin and sexy images of Britney Spears or other pop icons?

In “America the Beautiful” Roberts shows how these increasingly unattainable images are seen as a major contributor to the rise in low self-esteem, body dismorphia and eating disorders for young women and girls, who are the beauty industry’s largest consumer.

He follows that up with questioning who actually benefits from our obsession with perfection and at what cost.

Bottom line, “America the Beautiful” is a breathe of fresh air at the theaters and a film worth checking out.

If you didn’t catch “America the Beautiful” in one of the many festivals it screened in before obtaining distribution…you’re in luck.


New York, NY – Now Playing

Cinema Village Theater
22 E. 12th Street
New York, New York

Seattle, WA – Now Playing

AMC Loews Uptown 3
511 Queen Anne Ave N.
Seattle, WA 98109

Los Angeles, CA – Now Playing

Laemmle Sunset 5
8000 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, 90046

Culver Plaza Theatres
9919 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 836-5511

Academy Cinemas
1003 E. Colorado Blvd
At Colorado & Catalina
Pasadena, CA. 91106

Edwards Westpark 8 Cinema
3755 Alton Pkwy
Irvine, CA 92606
(949) 622-8600

San Diego, CA – Opening August 29th

Regal Horton Plaza
475 Horton Plaza
San Diego, CA 92101

Las Vegas, NV Opening August 29th

Regal Village Square
9400 W. Sahara Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89117

San Francisco, CA – Opening August 29th

Sundance Kabuki
1881 Post Street at Fillmore
San Francisco, CA 94115

Portland, OR – Opening September 5th

Regal Fox Tower Stadium 10
846 SW Park Ave
Portland, OR 97205

Dallas, TX – Opening September 5th

Angelika Theater
5321 East Mockingbird Lane, Suite 230
Dallas, TX 75206

Coming soon to…

Minneapolis, MN
Philadelphia, PA
Washington, D.C.
Denver, CO
St. Louis, MO
Atlanta, GA
Miami, FL

Official Website for America the Beautiful