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Kim Kardashian Is Exploiting Her ‘Honorary Black Womanhood’ With Her Latest Hypersexualized Magazine Cover

Kim Kardashian’s derriere has cause quite the stir online with the release of her Paper magazine cover, mostly invoking discussions about the “realness” of the posterior or the likelihood that the greased asset has been Photoshopped. While consumers mull over these trivialities, I’d rather talk about how the great machine of America’s racism is once again revving its engines, exploiting and reinforcing the same old racist tropes and ideologies that have plagued the country since its inception. Keep reading »

10 Things White Feminists Should Know To Better Understand Intersectionality

10 Things White Feminists Should Know To Better Understand Intersectionality

Politically and socially, the most powerful demographic, with the exception of White men, is White women. Though still underrepresented in key economic and power positions, White women enjoy numerous social benefits, maintain political power as a “majority” voting body, are still allowed access to the resources provided by White men through marriage or other familial ties and are protected by patriarchal ideas of fragile femininity.

This social hierarchy of “Whiteness,” regardless of gender, becomes particularly evident in the nearly male-absent world of feminism. Though feminism purports itself to be a movement that represents the needs of all women, White dominance remains stubbornly omnipresent, marginalizing the voices and needs of women of color.

For that reason, I’ve created this list to help White women better understand intersectionality and come to better grips with the hurdles that Black and minority women face. It is not meant to splinter, or further divide the feminist body, but merely written with the hope that the power bestowed upon White women, as a result of White supremacy, can be used for the betterment of others. Keep reading »

Lupita Nyong’o & Elmo: “I Love My Skin”

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Lupita & Elmo Talk Skin

“Elmo can see that Miss Lupita’s skin is a beautiful brown color!”

That’s Elmo learning all about skin when “12 Years A Slave” actress Lupita Nyong’o visited “Sesame Street.” They talked about touch and tickling, but the most heartwarming part of their skin conversation is loving their skin color. I hope all the kids who watch Elmo and Lupita learn to love the skin they’re in, just like her. [YouTube]

12 Reasons Black Women Are Not More Privileged Than Black Men

12 Reasons Black Women Are Not More Privileged Than Black Men
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A seemingly impervious narrative dominates today’s social discourse in the Black community where Black men are painted as more vulnerable victims than their female counterparts. This far-reaching myth typically arises along with discussions about gender inequality or sexism where claims are made that Black women face less hardship than their male counterparts, or even — as stated in Diana Ozemebhoya Eromosele’s latest essay on The Root titled “Michael Brown’s Death Reopened My Eyes to My Privileges as a Black Woman” — are the recipients of privilege not bestowed to Black men. Keep reading »

Black Actress Octavia Spencer Is “Red Band Society”‘s Resident “Scary Bitch”

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Having already seen “The Fault In Our Stars” and “Glee,” I don’t think I’ll be tuning in for Fox’s “Red Band Society,” a new dramedy produced by Steven Spielberg about teenagers living in a hospital. But it’s come to my attention that on a promotional ad for the show, which debuts September 17th, the Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer, who is Black, is labeled the “Scary Bitch.” Portraying Black women as unpredictable and scary — gee, we’ve never seen that in Hollywood before. To be sure, the show’s labeling of other characters in the promo ad isn’t too original either. For example, the hot blonde girl is the “Mean Girl” because of course she is. Still, Spencer’s “Scary Bitch” label stands out as especially harsh and problematic. There are plenty of ways to portray someone as an antagonistic character without relying on a tired stereotype. Would “Nurse Ratched” have gone over America’s collective heads? (If so, go watch “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest” now.)

Misty Copeland’s Life Story To Become A Film

  • Ballet dancer Misty Copeland, the second African-American female soloist to dance with the American Ballet Theater, will be the subject of a new movie. The film will be an adaptation of her memoir Life In Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina.   [Deadline Hollywood]
  • What got Mariah Carey talking to the divorce lawyers? She was super-pissed back in March when Nick Cannon went on Big Boy’s radio show and revealed five celebrities he had slept with, including Kim Kardashian. [TMZ]
  • The parenting blog Mommyish is looking at the math of Jill Duggar’s pregnancy — she married in June, she’s due in March — and the timelines add up pretty suspiciously. [Mommyish]
  • Carson Daly and wife Siri Pinter welcomed their third child, a baby girl named London, into the world last night. Congrats! [TODAY] Keep reading »
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