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Teaching cameras to photograph dark skin

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How can African-Americans deal with film stock designed for caucasian skin? At Buzzfeed Ideas, Syreeta McFadden runs down the history of the problem across different cameras and film stocks. Growing up in the era of Kodak Gold Stock, McFadden struggled to find a process that didn't make her skin look charcoaly, dull yellow, or strangely bluish. Capturing naturally darker skin tones was a huge problem for Gold Stock, both because of standardized processing techniques and the chemical properties of the film itself. The recent shift to digital has opened up the process a little, allowing for more flexible consumer-grade color correction, but the politics of the histogram is still alive and well on film.