Make sure you have at least screen-profiles_1.15-0ubuntu1, which you can retrieve from:
If your terminal is also configured for light-on-dark, or if you're on a tty console, your screen should look something like this:
Select a screen profile:
2. ubuntu-light ---- recommended
Choose: 1-3 : 3
Thanks to Tyler Willingham for the suggestion and the patch/branch in Launchpad.