Posts tagged "black women"

EBONY Declares Today #NationalAfroDay In Honor Of Vanessa Van Dyke

Earlier this week, we fell in love with 12-year-old badass Vanessa Van Dyke (and her supportive momma!) for not letting her private school enforce racist beauty standards on her hair.

Jessica Wakeman | November 27, 2013 - 4:00 pm

Florida School Threatens To Expel Black Student Unless She Straightens Or Cuts Her Hair

Faith Christian Academy in Orlando, Florida, has forced 12-year-old Vanessa Van Dyke, a Black student who rocks a mane of natural hair, to either straighten her hair or cut it…

Jessica Wakeman | November 26, 2013 - 12:10 pm

True Story: A Photoshopping Site Stole My Selfie Off Instagram And Gave Me A “Makeover” [UPDATE]

UPDATE, 5:40p.m.: @photoshop_fantasy has issued an apology on their Instagram page, although it appears all the same images are still up :
Hello lovely followers! We want to apologize for…

Carrie Nelson | November 26, 2013 - 11:00 am

Oh, For Eff’s Sake, Michelle Obama Is Not A “Feminist’s Nightmare”

One of the most intriguing characters on “Scandal” is First Lady Mellie Grant. She’s not just a WASP sent from Central Casting, or a put-upon wife of a philanderer. Mellie…

Jessica Wakeman | November 22, 2013 - 2:30 pm

Renisha McBride’s Parents Speak Out About Murder Charges Against Theodore Wafer

Earlier today we learned about the charges of second-degree murder and manslaughter against 54-year-old Theodore Wafer in the death of 19-year-old Renisha McBride.

On November 2, the Michigan…

Jessica Wakeman | November 15, 2013 - 4:00 pm

Lily Allen Responds To Allegations Of Racism Against Black Women In Her “Hard Out Here” Video

This week, Lily Allen debuted the video for her new song “Hard Out Here,” to extremely mixed reactions. Some, like our own Rachel, saw her song about pop music’s policing…

Jessica Wakeman | November 13, 2013 - 3:00 pm

Family Stages Rescue Of Kidnapped Bethany Arceneaux From Her Abusive Ex-Boyfriend

It’s an incredible and heartbreaking story: the family of a young woman who was kidnapped last week by her abusive ex-boyfriend confronted him in a stand-off and saved her life.

Jessica Wakeman | November 11, 2013 - 12:40 pm

[UPDATE] Family Of Renisha McBride, 19, Claim She Was Shot After Car Broke Down Because She Is Black

Update: This evening there is a rally for Renisha McBride in Dearborn, Michigan. Details at the link. [Clutch Magazine]

Renisha McBride, a 19-year-old Detroit woman, was shot and…

Jessica Wakeman | November 7, 2013 - 4:30 pm

Kerry Washington Helps “Saturday Night Live” Address Its Diversity Problem

After weeks, nay, months … nay, yeaaaaars of complaints from critics, viewers and cast member about the lack of any Black female cast members on “Saturday Night Live,” the comedy show final addressed its diversity…

Amelia McDonell-Parry | November 3, 2013 - 3:48 pm

Kerry Washington On Lesbian Rumors: “There’s No Reason To Be Offended”

“It’s interesting how much people long to fill in the gaps when someone in the public eye doesn’t share their personal life. I understand their frustration. I like how people…

Jessica Wakeman | November 1, 2013 - 11:40 am

Black Comedienne Nyima Funk Is Not Ready To Be On “Saturday Night Live”

Earlier this week, Kenan Thompson from “Saturday Night Live,” spoke to TV Guide and explained why he puts on a dress and plays all the roles of Black women on…

Jessica Wakeman | October 17, 2013 - 4:30 pm

Artist Endia Beal Photographs “Black Hairstyles” On White Women

Check out these photos by artist Endia Beal, who got white women to get so-called “Black hairstyles” and then pose for portraits in a series called “Can I Touch…

Jessica Wakeman | October 15, 2013 - 7:30 pm

Kickass Woman Of The Day: Warsan Shire Is London’s First Ever Young Poet Laureate

Warsan Shire, 24, has just become London’s first ever Young Poet Laureate. The Kenyan-born Somali poet writes about both English and African culture, exploring war, sex, culture, love, and everything in

Claire Hannum | October 6, 2013 - 10:00 am

Tulsa School Sends 7-Year-Old Home From School Because Afros, Dreadlocks Are “Unacceptable”

What kind of racist bullshit is this?! A charter school in Tulsa, Oklahoma, sent a seven-year-old Black girl named Tiana Parker home from school because her dreadlocks were considered “unacceptable.”…

Jessica Wakeman | September 4, 2013 - 4:00 pm

The Soapbox: On #SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen; Feminism Is Not Black And White

The Internet exploded in feminist calamity yesterday over the racist, sexist, patriarchal, abuse-laden behavior of Hugo Schwyzer, an allegedly a self-described* mentally ill (former) professor of women’s studies at Pasadena City…

Shanelle Matthews | August 13, 2013 - 2:00 pm

The Soapbox: Natural Hair, Like Recycling, Is Not A Lifestyle Choice For Everyone

For the last several years, natural hair “trends” have been on the rise for African-American and other women in the U.S. Just last week, Oprah graced the cover of O

Shanelle Matthews | August 12, 2013 - 12:00 pm

Oprah Winfrey To Receive Presidential Medal Of Freedom

Oprah Winfrey is among this year’s honorees to receive the Presidential Medal Of Freedom, the nation’s highest honor for civilians. Winfrey will be one of four Black recipients of…

Jessica Wakeman | August 8, 2013 - 7:30 pm

Kickass Woman Of The Day: President Of The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences, Cheryl Boone Isaacs

The film industry is one that desperately lacks female influence, so Cheryl Boone Isaacs’ election as President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a particularly cool…

Mary Odell | August 4, 2013 - 2:00 pm

Kickass Woman Of The Day: The Youngest Person To Ever Pass The Bar, Gabrielle Turnquest

American student Gabrielle Turnquest was recently called to the Bar of England and Wales after passing her Bar exams. This is a great achievement for anyone, but Turnquest happens to…

Mary Odell | August 3, 2013 - 2:00 pm

UPDATE: A Questionable School Dress Code Bans Afro-Puffs

UPDATE, 4:45p.m.: Via Jezebel, Horizon Science Academy has posted an apology on their web site and said it will “correct the information” in its dress code, as well as send out…

Mary Odell | June 24, 2013 - 3:30 pm