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UPDATE: Black Meteorologist Fired For Responding To Racist Facebook Posts, Including One About Her Hair

Racist Joke?
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Tennis player Caroline Wozniacki accused of a racist joke. Read More »
Black Mom-In-Chief
What white feminists get wrong about Michelle Obama. Read More »
Is This Film Racist?
Only Decent People
This Dutch film about black women's asses looks pretty racist. Read More »
Job Search Racism
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Black woman pretends to be Caucasion in her job search, has easier time. Read More »
Rhonda Lee

UPDATE: HuffPost has a copy of an email sent by KTBS to employees regarding the company’s “guidelines” (as they put it) for using social media — which Lee confirmed she did actually read. So, while she cannot claim she was totally unaware of how she was not supposed to respond to Facebook comments, they are only phrased as “guidelines” and “social media best practices,” not rules. You can read the email at the link. [Huffington Post]

Meteorologist Rhonda Lee has been fired by KTBS-TV in Shreveport, Louisiana, for responding to racist Facebook posts, including one about her hair. Lee was told she violated the company’s new social media policy which had been verbally announced one month prior at a meeting she did not attend. One comment Lee responded to was by a viewer griping that all the kids who won a KTBS holiday shopping spree were black. The other comment Lee responded to was by a viewer who told her to grow some hair or wear a wig. Keep reading »

The Soapbox: On Kasandra Perkins And The Color Of Domestic Violence

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... from a prosecutor who has seen it all. Read More »
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Should we ask victims of domestic violence why they stay? Read More »
Kasandra Perkins Murder
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NFL player Jovan Belcher murdered his girlfriend and then killed himself. Read More »

On December 1st, the sports world was in shock as reports came in that Jovan Belcher, a linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs, died in a murder-suicide, killing himself at the Chiefs training facility after murdering the mother of his three-month-old child in their home. Most people tried to figure out what would make a good kid like Belcher, who appeared to “have it all,” end his life in this way. But I found myself asking, “But what about the girlfriend? Does she even have a name?”

Her name was Kasandra Perkins. The 22-year-old mother had given birth in September and now she was dead. Gone. Keep reading »

Black Woman Pretends To Be Caucasian In Her Job Search, Has Easier Time

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  • An unemployed black woman named Yolanda Spivey pretended to be white (and named Bianca White) in her Monster.com job search and found that her employment prospects dramatically increased. [Clutch Magazine]
  • The police chief of Saratoga Springs, New York, has had to apologize for his team’s mishandling of a violent rape case. [Jezebel]
  • Contraception use is lower and unintended pregnancies are higher among military women. [Think Progress] Keep reading »

D.L. Hughley On Black Women: “Angry All The Time”

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  • Actor D.L. Hughley said some offensive shit on NPR about women, especially black women, in a recent interview. Regarding women, he criticized our ability to reason and said, “If a man can have a face only a mother can love, then women can have personalities only fathers can love.” Of black women in particular, he said they are “angry all the time” and ”I’ve never met an angrier group of people.” BRAIN. EXPLODES. Later on in the interview, he says he “respects” black women, which is so unapparent in the rest of what he says. [NPR via Naturally Moi] Keep reading »

“Only Decent People”: The Dutch Film About Black Women’s Asses That Looks Pretty Racist

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Is "fat and white" the new "sassy and black" in Hollywood? Read More »
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Is Hollywood still colorstruck? The search for Nina Simone is skin deep. Read More »
Tokenism?
Erica says lay off "Girls" for being all-white and give black girls a show. Read More »
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Anyone out there in the Frisky-verse speak Dutch? Because I would really love to understand what is going on in the trailer for “Only Decent People” (“Alleen Maar Nette Mensen”), a new film in The Netherlands that many people are decrying as racist. The film is about a white Jewish guy who dumps his white girlfriend when he realizes that he really loves a woman with a big booty, so he starts dating black women. Clutch Magazine reports that the black community in The Netherlands is cricizing the film and the novel it is based on, for portraying black women as “hyper-sexual” and most valued by society for the size of (some of) their asses.  And watching the trailer, even in Dutch, it’s not hard to see how they came to that conclusion. Keep reading »

The Soapbox: Is Hollywood Still Colorstruck? The Search For Nina Simone Is Skin Deep

Tokenism?
Erica says lay off "Girls" for being all-white and give black girls a show. Read More »
Race On Mad Men
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Teyonah Parris on playing "Mad Men"'s first black employee. Read More »
Racists Upset
Some racist "Hunger Games" fans are mad about its black actors. Read More »

When the big news was announced last week that Zoe Saldana would be playing singer Nina Simone in a biopic, black cyberspace (yes, there is a “black Twitter” and a “black Facebook”) let out a collective “Oh, hell to the naw”!

For some it was because they did not believe that Zoe had enough acting talent to pull it off. Nina Simone was an extremely complex woman in real life, and the actress assigned to do this would be embarking upon the role of a lifetime. For others, the statements ranged from “Can Zoe even sing?” to “Wait, I thought she said she was a Latina?” to “Zoe is too skinny to play Nina Simone anyway!”

As the debate continued, it became clear to me that the issues surrounding the casting of Zoe ran much deeper than her acting ability. It was “skin deep.” Once again we were seeing an example of how Hollywood just doesn’t understand black women. To mainstream America, Black is “one color fits all.” But to African-American women, the color of our skin is much more than a random hue. In many ways, it uniquely shapes who we are and how we are treated in the world. For us, body image and self-esteem does not only involve loving your womanly body for the shape of it, but also embracing your complexion, hair texture and other features in a culture that constantly reminds you that thin white women are the standard of beauty. Keep reading »

The Soapbox: Black Men, Is Chad Ochocinco Your Hero?

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Chad Ochocinco was arrested for domestic violence this weekend. Read More »
Ocho Apologizes
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Ochocino issues a public apology for his alleged domestic violence. Read More »
Ocho's Race Criticism
Ochocinqo criticized for not choosing black women on VH1 dating show. Read More »

Chadvelyn, LosOcho and OchoSado: those were the three hybrid names that I came up with for my favorite reality TV couple, Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson and Evelyn Lozada. But after only six weeks of marriage, the beautiful sounds of wedded bliss and the hoopla surrounding their much anticipated reality show have been silenced by the head-butt that was heard around the world.

By now, everyone knows about the drama surrounding Chadvelyn. The Internet has been all aflutter with updates. She-said this, he-said that and we-said “WTF?” He loses his job, she files for divorce, and we all sit back to make judgments and assumptions about everything. Keep reading »

The Soapbox: Why Aren’t Black Girls Allowed To Be Girls?

The Soapbox
On the lack of color on TV. Read More »
Black Marriage
New book asks, "Is Marriage For White People?" Read More »
Black Women Stereotypes
Stephen Colbert gets schooled on stereotypes of black women. Read More »

This piece was originally published on xoJane.com.

When I was a senior in high school [above left], I attended this college prep program held in the sanctuary of a Baptist church across the street from my grandmother’s $1 Soul Food restaurant in south central Los Angeles. High-achieving nerds from all over the city would meet up every Thursday to talk personal essays, financial aid and application fees well past 11 o’clock.

One night the guy I was crushing on gave me a ride home in his mom’s new-but-used white BMW. I think we were debating the merits of the Common app versus the UC app and listening to Tupac at a medium volume when those angry telltale lights began to flash behind us. Jay looked at me and laughed. Those couldn’t be for us.

Of course they were.  Keep reading »

Did The U.S. Gymnasts Do Their Hair In Solidarity With Gabby Douglas?

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  • Gymnast Gabby Douglas was (preposterously!) criticized for her laid-back hairstyle while competing in the Olympics and it appears that three of her fellow U.S. gymnasts — Ali Reisman, Jordyn Wieber, and McKayla Maroney — all did their hair in a similar way last night in solidarity. Cute! [BuzzFeed]
  • Medical groups in Texas are pushing back against a proposed rule that would forbid doctors from even discussing the option of abortion with patients. [Think Progress]
  • Newsweek illustrated their most recent issue about the 101 best places to eat in the world with … uh … a picture of a woman about to perform fellatio on some asparagus. [Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting]
  • Three must-read women’s perspectives on the Wisconsin Sikh temple shooting. [Glamour] Keep reading »

Kickstarter Campaign To Raise Money For “Miss Zee” Coloring Book Depicting Black Girls

Racist Cartoon
Kevin Hart's cartoon msg to black women is offensive and not funny. Read More »
Tantrum Arrest
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A six-year-old girl was arrested for a temper tantrum. Read More »
WIC Report
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An analysis was released on the status of women of color in the U.S. Read More »
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  • Designer Miss Gee of Louisville, Kentucky, is trying to raise $5,000 via Kickstarter for a line of coloring books for young black girls. Also a mama, she wanted to find coloring books for her daughter, Zee, and was unable to find ones that depicted characters that looked like her daughter. It’s a worthy project and certainly one I hope Frisky readers will support! [Clutch Magazine]
  • Gregory Peterson, a Republican fundraiser who co-chaired an event for Mitt Romney, has been arrested for kidnapping and raping multiple women. Peterson, of Utah, was charged with nine counts of forcible sexual abuse, seven counts of rape, three counts of aggravated rape, two counts of aggravated kidnapping, forcible sodomy, assault, burglary and sexual battery. Peterson harmed at least four women, whom he met both at church and via an online dating website. [Raw Story]
  • The Creole art gallery in Lansing, Michigan, is looking for vagina-themed artwork for an exhibit called “The Vagina Show,” coordinated in response to the recent foolishness over the word “vagina” being used in the state’s House of Representatives. [Detroit News] Keep reading »
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