Little Mix star Leigh-Anne Pinnock is set to make one-off documentary Leigh-Anne: Colourism & Race.
The documentary will see Pinnock discuss her own experiences with racism and colourism in the UK as a black woman, as well as exploring the wider race issues people in the country are facing.
Pinnock’s childhood friend Tash Gaunt will direct the BBC Three documentary, with Kandise Abiola producing, and viewers will get exclusive behind the scenes access to Pinnock’s life as she speaks to friends, family and role models about race and racism, and tackles serious issues that will impact future generations.
Pinnock recognises that as a member of one of the biggest bands in the world and having lighter skin, that brings a certain amount of privilege, but she has experienced racism during her life and believes that we live in a racist society.
During the documentary, Pinnock learns about systemic racism and asks herself what she can do with the platform she has, to change things for the better.
Leigh-Anne Pinnock commented: “I want to make this film because I have always been passionate about rights for black people.
“Conversations surrounding racism and colourism are something I constantly have with my boyfriend and family, and as I have a platform, I want to use that platform to bring this conversation to a wider audience and stand up for my black and brown community.
“Systemic racism is complex; through making this documentary I want to learn how I can best lend my voice to the debate so that the young people who look up to me won't have to face what me and my generation have had to.”
Fiona Campbell, Controller at BBC Three, hopes having these conversations about race and discrimination can help make a “positive and permanent change” and “have the power to change attitudes, offer insight and help to prevent racism in our society.”