Posts tagged "black women"

Today’s Lady News: Summer’s Eve Pulls Their Racist Douche Ads Offline

Summer’s Eve pulled two of their racist douche commercials offline after an outpouring of complaints over their depictions of black and Latina women. Summer’s Eve’s PR defended their ads — like the sassy black vagina spoke with an “urban” accent and talked about how much money she spends on her hair — as “empowering”

Jessica Wakeman / July 27, 2011

Douching Is All About “Empowerment,” Says Summer’s Eve PR

Yesterday, thanks to Summer’s Eve douching products, I learned that my vagina is “the most powerful thing on Earth and that samauri warriors and medieval jousting was all about fighting over a good, clean vagina. It turns out there are more douche-y douche commercials where that came from.

Jessica Wakeman / July 19, 2011

Anti-Abortion Billboards Targeted At Blacks Appear In Oakland

Race-related anti-abortion billboards strike again! At least 25 billboards reading “Black is beautiful” with a picture of a black baby and the URL for an anti-abortion web sitehave been posted this month in Oakland, California. The billboards are paid for by the Radiance Foundation, an anti-abortion group which is also responsible for slavery-related billboards i…

Jessica Wakeman / July 1, 2011

New Anti-Abortion Ad Calls Abortion The New Slavery

Tactics used by anti-abortion groups just keep getting uglier. The latest “ugh!” is courtesy of the Radiance Foundation, whose new billboards target black women and read “The 13th Amendment freed us. Abortion enslaved us” and “Abortion makes three-fifths human seem overly generous.” The billboards purposefully appeared on June 19, or Juneteenth, which is the anniversary…

Jessica Wakeman / June 22, 2011

Today’s Lady News: Psychology Today Fires “Black Women Are Ugly” Author

The “black women are ugly” anthropologist, Satoshi Kanazawa, has finally been fired from Psychology Today, which printed ran online his disgusting piece in the first place. [BET]
Senator Rick Santorum still wants to amend the Constitution with a gay marriage ban. It’s what our forefathers would have wanted! [Advocate]
Ugh, there’s actually…

Jessica Wakeman / June 9, 2011

Watch The “Dark Girls” Documentary Trailer

The trailer for “Dark Girls,” a new documentary about black women and their skin tone, had me in tears by the end. “Dark Girls” examines racism and colorism both inside and outside of the black community and the societal devaluing of dark-skinned blacks (cough, Psychology Today, cough) dating back to slavery. I don’t…

Jessica Wakeman / May 27, 2011

Psychology Today Asks, “Why Are Black Women Less Physically Attractive Than Other Women?”

What’s worse than offensive articles, like “The Top 10 Hottest Female Sex Offenders” — that are ‘just kidding’?

Offensive articles, like “Why Are Black Women Less Physically Attractive Than Other Women?,” published in reputable (?) magazines like Psychology Today that are serious.

Yesterday, Psychology Today pulled an article it posted online…

Jessica Wakeman / May 17, 2011

Ladies, You Could Be Aborting The Next First Black President

Guilt-inducing anti-abortion tactics know no bounds. A Life Always billboard in Chicago being unveiled tomorrow will depict Barack Obama’s face and the warning, “Every 21 minutes, our next possible leader is aborted.” Ladies, carry to term the pregnancy you don’t want/can’t afford/will be irreparably harmed by because your future child might be the next president!

Jessica Wakeman / March 28, 2011

Today’s Lady News: Mom Pissed Her Kid’s Photo Used In Black Anti-Abortion Billboard

The mother of the young African-American girl whose stock image modeling photo was used in a racially contentious NYC anti-abortion billboard hung by an extremist group in New York City (which was later taken down, after pressure was put on the billboard company that put it up) is pissed off. The billboard depicting Anissa…

Jessica Wakeman / March 7, 2011

Today’s Lady News: NYC Abortion Billboard Targeting Black Women To Be Removed

A New York City billboard posted by an anti-abortion group reading “The most dangerous place for an African American is in the womb” will be removed by LaMar, which owned the billboard, after complaints. [Feministing]
South Dakota killed a bill which would have expanded the legal definition of “justifiable homicide” to include murdering an abortio…

Jessica Wakeman / February 24, 2011

Anti-Abortion Foes Target Blacks With “Dangerous Womb” Billboards

The anti-abortion movement tries many tactics — guilt, misinformation, assuring women they’re smart and capable enough, more guilt — but one of the latest permutations has been framing abortion as a racial issue. Some anti-abortion activists are framing legal abortion as a way to deter black women’s reproduction. The latest example is this billboard hanging…

Jessica Wakeman / February 23, 2011

Today’s Lady News: Black Women May Have Bigger “Healthy” Waist Size

The size of a “healthy” waist may be bigger for black women, according to a study in the journal Obesity. [Reuters]
Anti-abortion activists are gathering this weekend in Washington, D.C., to protest against last weekend’s 38th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade. [Los Angeles Times]
Police say four women whose bodies were found on Long…

Jessica Wakeman / January 25, 2011

Black TV Newswoman Vows To “Go Natural” With Her Hair

At the beginning of reporter Rochelle Ritchie’s TV news career, she was told she had to get hair extensions. Like millions of black women, Rochelle has worn long, shiny extensions and wigs because she thought it made her look more professional. For six years, she “faithfully” wore wigs and weaves and progressed u…

Jessica Wakeman / November 30, 2010

Teen Pregnancy: It’s (Statistically) A Southern Thang

Country music, Chick-fil-A, and teen pregnancy: three things that can be found anywhere in America but are heavily concentrated in the South. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released reports last week which show the top 10 states with the highest rate of pregnant teens in 2008 sweep across the Bible belt: Kentucky,…

Jessica Wakeman / October 26, 2010

“Black Marriage Negotiations” Video Perpetuates Stereotypes About Black Women

Want a low-budget way to draw attention to your website with minimal effort on your part? It’s easy — be wildly offensive. A website called PhilosoG’s is behind this “Black Marriage Negotiations” video that slaps down black women and tells ‘em they wouldn’t be single if they weren’t so damn difficult.

Jessica Wakeman / October 19, 2010

Essence Editor Responds To Controversial Hiring Of A White Fashion Director

On Monday, a media industry blog revealed that Essence, a lifestyle magazine geared towards black women, had hired a new fashion director named Ellianna Placas, to begin in September. But it was not the lines on her resume touting O: The Oprah Magazine and Us Weekly that attracted attention. It was the color of Placas’…

Jessica Wakeman / July 29, 2010

Chad Ochocinco Criticized For Not Choosing Black Women On VH1 Dating Show

Most of us either know Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson as an NFL star or a toe-tapper on “Dancing With The Stars.” But Ochocinco’s most recent role has been as pasha to his very own harem of women on the VH1 reality dating show “Ochocinco: The Ultimate Catch.” The star has caught some flack recently for only…

Jessica Wakeman / July 14, 2010

African-American Ladies Get “Juicy,” Their Own Celebrity Rag

Lots of our beloved magazines have been flushed down the tubes. Au revoir, Gourmet! Goodbye, Modern Bride! We’ll never forget you, Domino! But it’s not all dark clouds at the newsstand. Juicy, the first celebrity, hair and beauty magazine just for African-American women (from the same folks who publish XXL), will launch in May. (You…

Jessica Wakeman / January 27, 2010

Quotable: Sorry, Directors, Zoe Saldana Won’t Play Your Prostitute

“I have a hard time accepting roles that typecast a culture. I don’t need to play Juana, the prostitute from Washington Heights, in every movie. If it’s been done before, you don’t need my help. Latinos, we’re not all pimps or prostitutes, we don’t all deal drugs; not everyone in Jamaica smokes weed; not every…

Jessica Wakeman / January 6, 2010

We Can’t Wait To See “Precious”

On paper, the new movie “Precious” doesn’t sound like much fun: It’s the story of a 350-pound, illiterate black teenager impregnated for the second time by her dad and physically and verbally abused by her mom. It’s enough to send a girl galloping into the next showing of lighter fare like “Couples Retreat”! But…

Jessica Wakeman / October 26, 2009
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