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The Soapbox: Replacing Sexism With Racism Is Not a Proper Hollaback

This post is reprinted from The Huffington Post with the permission of its authors.

What’s the biggest myth about street harassment? That men of color comprise the majority…

Emily May and Courtney Young | March 9, 2014 - 12:00 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.”

While…

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

I Haven’t Had An Abortion, But I Would

It was a Tuesday afternoon and I was on my therapist’s couch. I described for her an incident over the weekend when I felt sad, deeply sad, for seemingly no…

Jessica Wakeman | February 26, 2014 - 1:00 pm

The George Zimmerman Vs. DMX “Celebrity Boxing Match” Is Wrong On Every Damn Level

Today would have been Trayvon Martin’s 19th birthday. Martin, however, is not celebrating that birthday today because he was shot and killed by George Zimmerman nearly two years ago in…

Amelia McDonell-Parry | February 5, 2014 - 12:20 pm

It Happened To Me: I Saw A White Girl On My Train And I’m Suddenly Feeling Uncomfortable With It

The subway can be pretty crowded at night, especially coming into Brooklyn from Manhattan. We’re usually packed in like sardines before spilling out onto the platform in little clusters as…

The Gloss | January 29, 2014 - 3:15 pm

Rutgers Is Offering A Course Called “Politicizing Beyoncé”

The Women’s and Gender Studies Department at Rutgers University in New Jersey is offering a class called “Politicizing Beyoncé,” which uses the pop star as a lens to examine…

Jessica Wakeman | January 28, 2014 - 7:00 pm

Russian Socialite Dasha Zhukova Poses On Chair Made To Look Like A Black Woman [UPDATE]

Update: A publicist for Dasha Zhukova has sent a statement which you can find after the jump.

If you thought that Sarah Palin telling President Obama on her…

Jessica Wakeman | January 21, 2014 - 11:40 am

Did Vanity Fair Lighten “12 Years A Slave” Star Lupita Nyong’o’s Skin?

Vanity Fair has been accused of lightening “12 Years A Slave” actress Lupita Nyong’o’s skin in photos (left). The skin color difference is drastically different! I find it hard…

Jessica Wakeman | January 16, 2014 - 6:30 pm

“How I Met Your Mother” Puts White Characters In Asian “Yellowface” [UPDATE]

UPDATE, 1/16/14, 11a.m.: Commenters have pointed out to me that there were numerous errors in this post. I apologize for the errors and my ignorance on these differences.  

Jessica Wakeman | January 15, 2014 - 11:30 am

Photo Of Baby-Toting Dad Doing His Daughter’s Hair Goes Viral

It’s not hard to understand why this picture went viral: 39-year-old Doyin Richards and his kids are pretty damn cute. As Doyin explained on his blog, Daddy Doin Work, his…

Jessica Wakeman | January 9, 2014 - 12:40 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

Italy Promotes “12 Years A Slave” With White Actors Instead Of Its Critically Acclaimed (And Black!) Star Chiwetel Ejiofor

The movie “12 Years A Slave” is being heralded as one of the best films of the year, is expected to be nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture, and…

Amelia McDonell-Parry | December 23, 2013 - 3:30 pm

Can Television Have More Shonda Rhimes Please?

Frustrating as it is, racism in Hollywood is still prevalent in 2013. When USA Today explored the absence of Black women in Hollywood this week, they highlighted the approach behind the racial…

Claire Hannum | December 19, 2013 - 12:40 pm

Today’s Lady News: #NotYourAsianSidekick Blows Up Twitter

The hashtag discussion #NotYourAsianSidekick blew up on Twitter over the weekend, and drew attention to the marginalization of Asian-American women in feminism. The hashtag was started by Suey Park,…

Jessica Wakeman | December 16, 2013 - 6:00 pm

Lorne Michaels Promises “Saturday Night Live” Will Add A Black Female Cast Member In January 2014

“Saturday Night Live” creator and executive producer Lorne Michaels said the show will add a Black female cast member in January 2014. The show held a special audition for…

Jessica Wakeman | December 13, 2013 - 6:30 pm

Fox News Host Megyn Kelly Believes In (White) Santa Claus

Earlier this week, Slate.com columnist Aisha Harris wrote a somewhat tongue-in-cheek piece arguing that Santa Claus needed a makeover. Instead of always being depicted as a jolly, fat, white man,…

Amelia McDonell-Parry | December 12, 2013 - 2:30 pm

Nelson Mandela Dead At 95

Nelson Mandela, the former president of South Africa, an anti-apartheid peace activist and Nobel Prize winner, is dead at 95. Mandela spent 27 years in prison for his activism on…

Jessica Wakeman | December 5, 2013 - 4:57 pm

Your First Black Girlfriend Is Sparing You The Future Embarrassment

Hey guys, meet your first black girlfriend! Her name is Akilah Hughes, and she’s a writer and comedienne. Lucky for you, this isn’t her first time at the interracial relationship…

Rachel Krause | December 3, 2013 - 4:30 pm
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