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I Always Wanted To Ask: The Frisky & Madame Noire Discuss White People Using The N-Word

"Why Are Some White People Hell Bent On Using The N-Word?"
On Interracial Dating
Madame Noire and The Frisky discuss interracial dating. Read More »

I am so so so stoked to have you guys watch the second episode of “I Always Wanted To Ask,” the video series we did in collaboration with the fantastic women of Madame Noire. The series features The Frisky staff answering the questions they always wanted to ask white women, and Madame Noire’s staff — Brande, Veronica and Victoria — answering the questions we always wanted to ask Black women. Our first episode focused on interracial dating, but this episode gets a little heavier: the women of Madame Noire wanted to know, “Why are some white people hell-bent on using the n-word?” Check out the episode above and please weigh in with your thoughts on the topic in the comments!

I Always Wanted To Ask: The Frisky & Madame Noire Discuss Interracial Dating In A New Video Series

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About a month ago, I received an interesting proposition from a fellow editor at a women’s website called Madame Noire. Would The Frisky staff like to participate in an exchange where the editors of Madame Noire (all Black women) would ask us he questions they’d always wanted to ask white women, and vice versa. (The idea came from a similar exchange on the site VerySmartBrothas.com.) All of us were immediately psyched for the opportunity to talk honestly about race, a subject that is often rife with discomfort, and to see what we could learn from each other as a result. What originally was going to be a written post evolved into a video shoot, which went on way longer than any of us planned because we could not stop talking, and as result, we have the first in a multi-part series of episodes called “I Always Wanted To Ask…” This first episode focuses specifically on interracial dating. Before you watch, get to know the awesome women from Madame Noire, Brande, Veronica and Victoria, after the jump — and be sure to check out their site! We look forward to hearing what you think so please share your thoughts in the comments! Keep reading »

Rhonda Lee, Black Meteorologist, On Getting Fired For Speaking Out About Her Hair

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Rhonda Lee
Black woman fired for responding to Facebook posts about her hair. Read More »
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 »
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Rhonda Lee, Fired Meteorologist

Two weeks ago, we were disturbed to learn the story of Rhonda Lee, a black meteorologist who was fired from KTBS-TV in Shreveport, Louisiana, after she responded in the comments, kindly and politely, to two racist Facebook posts written by viewers on the station’s page. One of the racist posts, in fact, had even been “liked” by the station. You can read the full back story here.

Today, the news program “Democracy Now!” has an interview with Lee about her firing. (Warning: there is a minute-long request for donations from “Democracy Now!” before the segment airs, as the program is independently owned and completely advertising-free.) Keep reading »

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

Racist Joke?
Caroline Wozniacki
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 »
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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 »
Helping DV Victims
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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

Fat And White?
Is "fat and white" the new "sassy and black" in Hollywood? Read More »
Casting Nina Simone
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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Only Decent People
Booty Popping

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?

Domestic Violence Arrest
Chad Ochocinco and Evelyn Lozada photo
Chad Ochocinco was arrested for domestic violence this weekend. Read More »
Ocho Apologizes
Evelyn Lozada injuries from Ochocinco
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 »

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