Posts tagged "race"

Jourdan Dunn Isn’t Even Mad The She Was Cut From Dior’s Show Over Her Boobs

You know the fashion industry is in a bad place when a model doesn’t mind being cut from a runway show for the size of her boobs because she’s usually dropped from shows for her race. Yesterday, Jourdan Dunn tweeted that she had been cut from the Christian Dior Couture show in Paris that took…
By: Mary Odell / July 1, 2013

Racist, Sexist Daily Mail Writer Liz Jones Says Rihanna “Invites Rape” In Her Scandalous Outfits

Granted, the UK's Daily Mail (aka the Daily Fail) is not the place you go to read nuanced, tasteful analysis, but writing that Rihanna "surely invites rape [and] disrespect" by wearing provocative clothes is a new low. Writer Liz Jones also said it's "fair" to "berate female stars" more than young male ones because "young women are…
By: Jessica Wakeman / June 26, 2013

Yet Another Example of Paula Deen’s Racism: She Allegedly Paid African-Americans In Booze, Not Money

"Paula and Bubba just gave us beer and alcohol and I don't even drink.  It was insulting and unfair.  I was like, 'Pay me! She knew I had just gotten married.  I had a baby on the way.  I needed the money and I was the only one to step up and complain over it…
By: Erica Boorstein / June 24, 2013

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 an updated version. [HorizonLorain.org] School dress codes are generally a great thing for kids. The mission statement of the…
By: Mary Odell / June 24, 2013

Paula Deen Fired From The Food Network

The Food Network announced it will not renew Paula Deen's contract for the end of the month following the gigantic racism shitstorm that's been brewing all week. You can watch the extended cut of Deen's disastrous apology video over at Buzzfeed; the edited version has been yanked offline for some…
By: Jessica Wakeman / June 21, 2013

A Guide For Dealing With Casual Racism

I am biracial, borne of a Taiwanese mother and American father. My features are decidedly not Caucasian, but hard to pin down to one specific category, a tiny frustration that gets at the heart of humans, because subconsciously, we all live to categorize. I deal with a host of questions pertaining to my background from…
By: Megan Reynolds / May 22, 2013

Zoe Saldana: “There Is No Such Thing As People Of Color”

"I find it uncomfortable to have to speak about my identity all of the time, when in reality it’s not something that drives me or wakes me up out of bed everyday. I didn’t grow up in a household where I was categorized by my mother. I was just Zoe and I could have and…
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 17, 2013

The Soapbox: I Don’t Want Your Yellow Fever

As a kid, I was used to standing out for lots of reasons, like my "Star Wars" obsession or the black eyeliner and vampire chic that made up my high school wardrobe. I never expected my race to be one of those reasons. I grew up as an Asian-American among Asian-Americans, so I certainly wasn’t…
By: Kelly Kanayama / May 10, 2013

Some Feminists Are Upset About The Onion’s Piece On Chris Brown Beating Rihanna To Death

Yesterday, we, and many, many others, breathed a sigh of relief when Chris Brown told a radio station that he and Rihanna had once again broken up. (They're both too young for him to be "wife"-ing her, he said.) Humor site The Onion did their spin on the story today, penning the story…
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 7, 2013

On “Leaning In” While Black

Here's blogger Tami Winfrey Harris on Sheryl Sandberg and "leaning in" while black. [In These Times] Current students at Dartmouth are warning prospective students about violence against women and queer students on campus. [Feministing] On why pregnancy is more dangerous than birth control. [Slate] Here's a…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 23, 2013

Black Female Legislators Walk Out Of Florida House Debate On Race-Selective Abortion

Abortion opponents in Florida are currently trying to pass a ban through the House of Representatives that would criminalize abortion on the basis of race or gender. Despite a lack of evidence that race- and sex-selective abortions are a problem in the United States, it's becoming a popular tactic of the anti-abortion movement to claim…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 22, 2013

Yes, Blackface Is Still Offensive, Vogue Netherlands

You might have been sitting at your desk at work wondering to yourself, "Hmm, I wonder if it's a good idea now for fashion magazines to hire Caucasian fashion models and smear their faces in blackface paint." I am here now to put your mind at ease. No, it's still not a good idea.  You…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 18, 2013

Mattel Says “No” To Harlem Mother’s Petition For A Black Barbie Party Supply Line

If I could go back in time and stop little five-year-old Sarah from supporting Mattel, I would.  The company told mother Karen Braithwaite -- who had appealed to the company to make party supplies featuring a Black Barbie -- that they would not do so because it's not profitable.  COME ON, MATTEL.  I guess I'm not surprised,…
By: Sarah Gray / April 10, 2013

Was Kerry Washington’s Skin Lightened On The Cover Of Entertainment Weekly?

Fresh off a week of the Internet wondering whether singer Indie.Arie lightened her skin on the artwork for her new single, there's a new Black woman looking awfully light-skinned. "Scandal" stars Kerry Washington and Tony Goldwyn posed in flagrante on the cover of this week's Entertainment Weekly and if you aren't distracted by…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 3, 2013

India.Arie Responds To Skin Bleaching Accusations: “I Have No Desire To Bleach Myself”

Has India.Arie been bleaching her dark skin to a lighter color?!?! That didn't sound right to me when tongues started wagging last week that the famously self-accepting singer behind the song "I Am Not My Hair" might have either used skin bleaching creams — which is notoriously terrible for…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 1, 2013

The Soapbox: It’s Impossible To “Not See Color,” No Matter What Kim Kardashian Says

As most people already know, the ubiquitous Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are expecting a baby. I'm happy for them. Unlike most people, I don't mind Kim Kardashian. She makes an obscene amount of money for being herself (or the version of herself she wants us to see). I'm someone who'd be happy to make…
By: Christiana Mbakwe / March 29, 2013

The Soapbox: Should White Women Be On The Cover Of ‘Black Magazines’?

The always-inquisitive Jada Pinkett-Smith recently posed a question that has many people scratching their heads and some folks outright upset. In short, she’s wondering if black women ask to be represented in mainstream media, on the covers of magazines like Vanity Fair, shouldn’t white women be represented on the covers of traditionally black…
By: Shanelle Matthews / March 26, 2013

Chanel Iman Talks Racism In Modeling Industry: “We Already Found One Black Girl”

Just in case you thought racism was over and solved forever, here's model Chanel Iman talking about how the fashion industry is not immune to the "one is enough" idea when it comes to diversity. "A few times I got excused by designers who told me ‘we already found one black girl. We don’t need…
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 15, 2013

The Soapbox: On Getting A Black “Bachelorette”

Pediatric dentist Dr. Misee Harris of Kentucky is petitioning to become the first ever Black "Bachelorette." This prospect means a lot is surfacing for me regarding the harmful stereotypes reinforced by women of color on reality television. How would she be received? If she did get an opportunity to be on the show and chose…
By: Shanelle Matthews / March 4, 2013

10 Things Every Non-Black Person Should Know (By Now) About Black Women

We’re more than a decade into the 21st century. I’d hoped -- in vain -- that some basic understandings of how non-Black people should interact with Black people could be something I could take for granted. But no. Somehow there are "those people" who remain entirely clueless, so much so that they will call a…
By: Demetria L. Lucas / March 1, 2013
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