Posts tagged "race"

10 Tips For Being A Better Girl Friend And Ally

Last week, in an interview with The New York Times, Miley Cyrus dismissed Nicki Minaj’s criticism of racism in the music industry – exemplified by MTV, which denied “Anaconda” a VMA Video of the Year nomination – claiming that Nicki is “not too kind” or “polite” and too “angry.” And then, as I’m sure you’ve watched over and over agai…

Tiffanie Drayton / August 31, 2015

The Soapbox: As Serena Williams Knows, The Race-Based Wage Gap Is No Joke

Serena may have whooped Maria Sharapova’s behind in 18 of their last 20 matches, but somehow, Sharapova is worth $5 million more.

Tiffanie Drayton / August 28, 2015

Oof: Miley Cyrus Says Nicki Minaj Is “Not Too Kind,” Doesn’t Respect Her “Anger” Over VMA Snub

Miley, I’m gonna need you to sit in child’s pose for the remainder of this post.

Amelia McDonell-Parry / August 27, 2015

Group Of Black Women Kicked Off Napa Valley Wine Train After White Woman Complains About Their Laughter

Today in White Women Are Pretty Much The Worst*: a group of 12 women (11 Black and one White) were kicked off a train taking them on a wine tour of the Napa Valley, after a white woman (pictured above) complained to train staff that the women’s laughter was annoying her. She also remarked, “This i…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / August 24, 2015

An Open Letter To The Owners Of Certe Pizza, Makers Of The Racist “Pik-A-Nika” Pizza

The immense “success” of this offensive pizza and the subsequent support from mostly white customers allows for a rare glimpse into the pervasive nature of racism rampant throughout the “liberal” East Coast and even more specifically New York City.

Tiffanie Drayton / August 18, 2015

The 8 Best Books Of 2015 (So Far!), Dammit

TIME plopped out a quick microaggression of a list of the 10 best books of the year thus far, and while it consists of some reads that are quite good, it is completely lacking in diversity. That they felt it was okay to publish a list of books that completely ignores the truly excellent work…

Megan Reynolds / August 14, 2015

Listen Now: “Hell You Talmbout” Is A New American Protest Anthem

Stop what you’re doing. Press pause on whatever the hell is going on around you, and then press the play button above. Janelle Monáe and the entire roster of talent from her Wondaland Records label —  Jidenna, Roman GianArthur, Deep Cotton, St. Beauty and George 2.0 — have released the protest anthem the Black Live…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / August 14, 2015

The Soapbox: Chicago Needs A Hurricane Katrina, Says Completely Tone Deaf Trib Op-Ed

What kind of person would say they were envious of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina?

Robyn Pennacchia / August 14, 2015

State Of Emergency Declared As Ferguson Protestors Are Arrested & A Young Man Is Critically Shot On Anniversary Of Mike Brown’s Death

Yesterday marked the one-year anniversary of Michael Brown’s killing by Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, MO, and protesters across the country staged commemorative demonstrations emphasizing Black Lives Matter and calling for an end to state sanctioned violence against its citizens.
However, yesterday’s peaceful protest in Ferguson was disrupted when gunshots rang out near the city&#8217…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / August 10, 2015

Brooke Hogan Defends Hulk: “I’ve Been Told White People Smell Like Bologna!”

Ahh, Brooke Hogan is really going out of her way to show that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Hulk Hogan’s pop star wannabe daughter defended her dad’s use of the n-word in an exclusive interview with “Entertainment Tonight,” insisting that he isn’t racist because his best friends are Mr. T and Denni…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / August 6, 2015

Expert Calls Report On Sandra Bland’s Marijuana Levels “An Interesting Distraction”

When the results of Sandra Bland’s toxicology report were discussed last week — and then officially released on Monday —  Texas authorities made it a point to emphasize that “high” levels of marijuana were present in the deceased woman’s blood. Assistant District Attorney Warren Diepraam said that the report indicated Bland smoked a large amount…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / August 5, 2015

Cop Charged With Murder Of Sam DuBose After Body Cam Footage Contradicted Police Report

Earlier today, University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing was charged with the murder of Sam DuBose, 43,  an unarmed Black man he shot in the head during a traffic stop. In the police report filed by one of the responding officers, Eric Weibel, Tensing claimed he was forced to discharge his weapon after DuBose attempted…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / July 29, 2015

The Soapbox: Spreading Unsubstantiated Theories About Sandra Bland’s Death Won’t Bring Her Justice

Though there has been plenty of sound reporting on the facts of the case, there has also been no shortage of conspiracy theories circulating the internet — including one that claims Bland was lying on the ground in her mug shot photo, the insinuation being that the young woman was dead already.

Tiffanie Drayton / July 28, 2015

The Soapbox: No, You Don’t Have To Be “Respectful” For Police Officers To Be Professional

Sandra Bland’s arrest and death has sparked outrage across the nation. Dash cam footage captured the enraged police officer, State Trooper Brian Encinia, threatening “I will light you up” while pointing a taser because the young woman refused to put out her cigarette or step out of her vehicle during a routine traffic stop. She wa…

Tiffanie Drayton / July 22, 2015

“White People” Is A Strange, Overly-Cautious Primer On Whiteness That We Probably Didn’t Need

Walk into a room of white people and ask them them what whiteness means to them. Challenge them on this point — really drive it home. You want a definition. You want to know what whiteness means, no holds barred. Chances are they haven’t even thought about it, because they’ve been afforded the privilege to…

Megan Reynolds / July 22, 2015

Dash Cam Video Of Sandra Bland’s Arrest Has Been Doctored

Last night, following the press conference in which authorities confirmed that Sandra Bland’s death is being investigated as a homicide, dash cam video of the traffic stop and arrest was released to the public. The video proved that the arresting officer, Brian Encinia, violated protocol, used excessive force and that Bland should have never bee…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / July 22, 2015

State Trooper Who Arrested Sandra Bland Was Hardly A “Model” Police Officer [UPDATED]

This post has been updated with the dash cam video of Bland’s arrest, as well as details from the press conference held this evening.

Tiffanie Drayton / July 21, 2015
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