Posts tagged "black women"

Women Of Color Ask To Be Included In Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” Program

Women and girls of color are asking to be included in President Obama’s new program “My Brother’s Keeper,” which is aimed at young men of color. Over a 1,000…

Jessica Wakeman | June 19, 2014 - 7:00 pm

Ruby Dee, Actress & Civil Rights Activist, Dies At 91

Ruby Dee, an actress in the 1961 film “A Raisin In The Sun” and a prominent civil rights activist, died yesterday at age 91. She was a friend of…

Jessica Wakeman | June 12, 2014 - 6:30 pm

Mommie Dearest: Mom Breastfeeds At College Graduation, Heads Explode

Sigh. Here we go again.

People are currently in an uproar over a photo of a mother breastfeeding her daughter taken while at her college graduation. 25-year-old Karlesha…

Avital Norman Nathman | June 12, 2014 - 1:00 pm

Here’s Michelle Obama’s Speech At Maya Angelou’s Memorial Service

Michelle Obama spoke this weekend at the memorial service for beloved author Maya Angelou, who died on May 28 at age 86. Her tearful and touching speech remembers Angelou for…

Jessica Wakeman | June 8, 2014 - 11:56 pm

An Open Letter To The Gawker Essayist Who Wrote About Dating White Women While Black

Dear Ernest Baker,

In your recent personal essay on Gawker titled “The Reality of Dating White Women When You Are Black,” you stated unequivocally that you are not…

Tiffanie Drayton | June 4, 2014 - 11:00 am

Maya Angelou Dies At 86

Maya Angelou, a poet and civil rights activist, has died at 86. Angelou is most well-known for her memoir I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings about growing up poor and Black…

Jessica Wakeman | May 28, 2014 - 10:04 am

Defense Secretary Asks Military To Review Rules Targeting Black Women’s Hairstyles

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has asked the military to review new Army rules regulating hairstyles which mostly target Black women. The new regulations ban dreadlocks, twists and larger cornrows.

Jessica Wakeman | May 1, 2014 - 6:00 pm

Lupita Nyong’o Named People Magazine’s “Most Beautiful” Person

Lupita Nyong’o has been named People magazine’s Most Beautiful person because duh. [People]
HBO announced it will begin streaming shows on Amazon and…

Jessica Wakeman | April 23, 2014 - 10:30 am

Report: #DarkSkinRedLip Founder Karyn Washington Dead At 22

Karyn Washington, the founder of the site For Brown Girls and the #DarkSkinRedLip project, has died at age 22, Clutch Magazine is reporting. On the #DarkSkinRedLip website, Washington posted photographs…

Jessica Wakeman | April 11, 2014 - 1:30 pm

Girl Talk: On Being My Black Boyfriend’s First Black Girlfriend

The first time I asked my boyfriend if he had ever actually dated a black girl, we had not even met yet. It was during one of our online Skype…

Tiffanie Drayton | April 11, 2014 - 12:00 pm

Black Women’s Hair Is Under More Scrutiny With The Army’s New Grooming Regulations

The Army released new regulations on Monday for hair and grooming which seem to specifically target Black women’s hairstyles. The new regs now forbid braids or cornrows larger than…

Jessica Wakeman | April 1, 2014 - 6:30 pm

Laverne Cox Refused To Play Reality TV’s “Angry Black Woman” Stereotype

“I remember being really conscious of not wanting to fight with another black woman on camera. I did an interview and the producers were like, “Well, this [other black woman…

Jessica Wakeman | March 19, 2014 - 5:30 pm

Lupita Nyong’o: “There Is No Shame In Black Beauty”

Yetsreday ESSENCE magazine bestowed Lupita Nyong’o the Best Breakthrough Performance Award at their 2014 Black Women in Hollywood luncheon for her Oscar-nominated performance in “12 Years A Slave.”


Jessica Wakeman | February 28, 2014 - 2:30 pm

The Soapbox: The Real Problem With Skin Lightening Cosmetics

Whitenicious, a cosmetics line created by California-based, Nigerian-Cameroonian pop star Dencia touts its ability to help customers even out their skin and get rid of discoloration. The product is essentially…

Tiffanie Drayton | January 22, 2014 - 2:00 pm

The Soapbox: On Blackface, White Privilege & Why Distancing Myself From White People Doesn’t Make Me Racist

I am a 23-year-old black woman who, for a long time, tried to have discussions with white people about racism in America. I went to a white, liberal college in…

Tiffanie Drayton | January 16, 2014 - 12:30 pm

“Saturday Night Live” Adds Two Black Women To Writers’ Room Staff

Good news in Today’s Lady News, for once: “Saturday Night Live” has added two Black women to its writing staff beginning this month. LaKendra Tookes and Leslie Jones are…

Jessica Wakeman | January 8, 2014 - 6:30 pm

“Saturday Night Live” Adds Sasheer Zamata, First Black Female Cast Member in 5 Years, As A Featured Player

Putting to rest (for now) a controversy over why the iconic comedy show has not had a Black woman on the cast for five years, Sasheer Zamata has joined”Saturday Night…

Jessica Wakeman | January 6, 2014 - 5:00 pm

Miley Cyrus Still Doesn’t Get Why Her VMAs Performance Was Racially Problematic

“It’s actually really funny how many people could watch my performance, and they think it was, like, sexist and degrading to women, and somehow people found that it was racist,…

Jessica Wakeman | December 27, 2013 - 12:30 pm

The Soapbox: On “Pretty Hurts” & Beyonce’s Critique Of Airbrushed Beauty Culture

Three or so days in, I’ve listened to Beyonce’s new, self-titled record straight through at least a dozen times. I say with all seriousness that I believe it is her…

Amelia McDonell-Parry | December 16, 2013 - 2:00 pm

The Soapbox: Why Does Anyone Still Think It’s Okay To Listen To R. Kelly?

R. Kelly is one of the most successful R&B artists of our time. He’s sold 54 million records globally, had a career that spans three decades and penned classic records…

Christiana Mbakwe | December 5, 2013 - 12:00 pm
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