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I Always Wanted To Ask: The Frisky & Madame Noire Tackle White Privilege And Diversifying Friendship Circles

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Do White People Understand White Privilege?

This may be my favorite episode so far in our “I Always Wanted To Ask” series, which features the staff at Madame Noire — Brande, Veronica and Victoria — answering the questions we always wanted to ask Black women, and The Frisky staff answering the questions they always wanted to ask white women. In this episode, we talk about whether white women think about race, and white privilege, as much as they do. Also, we discuss the issue of diversity in — and diversifying — our friendship circles. It’s a good one, so check out the video above and weigh in with your thoughts and experiences in the comments!

On The N-Word
Madame Noire asks why some white people want to say the n-word so bad. Read More »
On Interracial Dating
Madame Noire and The Frisky discuss interracial dating. Read More »
Black Women Stereotypes
Stephen Colbert gets schooled on stereotypes of black women. Read More »

I Always Wanted To Ask: The Frisky & Madame Noire Discuss White People Using The N-Word

"Why Are Some White People Hell Bent On Using The N-Word?"
On Interracial Dating
Madame Noire and The Frisky discuss interracial dating. Read More »

I am so so so stoked to have you guys watch the second episode of “I Always Wanted To Ask,” the video series we did in collaboration with the fantastic women of Madame Noire. The series features The Frisky staff answering the questions they always wanted to ask white women, and Madame Noire’s staff — Brande, Veronica and Victoria — answering the questions we always wanted to ask Black women. Our first episode focused on interracial dating, but this episode gets a little heavier: the women of Madame Noire wanted to know, “Why are some white people hell-bent on using the n-word?” Check out the episode above and please weigh in with your thoughts on the topic in the comments!

Rumor: “All My Babies’ Mamas” Reality Show Canceled By Oxygen

"Babies' Mamas" Show
The end times are here: Oxygen special features man with 10 baby mamas. Read More »
Breaking Up: 30 Kids
That's just too many kids. Read More »
  • Did Oxygen actually listen to their viewers? Sources say the network is canceling the program “All My Babies’ Mamas” about the rapper Shawty Lo and the 10 women who’ve fathered his 11 children, following a petition alleging the program is offensive and racist. However, an Oxygen rep told AllHipHop.com the rumor is “simply untrue” and the show is still in development. Sigh. [Madame Noire, AllHipHop]
  • Lance Armstrong will supposedly admit to doping in the Tour de France in his upcoming interview with Oprah Winfrey. [Stupid Celebrities]
  • Seven sex moves guys do that women hate. [Modern Man]
  • First look at Olivia Wilde’s engagement ring from Jason Sudeikis! [Socialite Life]

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I Always Wanted To Ask: The Frisky & Madame Noire Discuss Interracial Dating In A New Video Series

Watch The First Episode!

About a month ago, I received an interesting proposition from a fellow editor at a women’s website called Madame Noire. Would The Frisky staff like to participate in an exchange where the editors of Madame Noire (all Black women) would ask us he questions they’d always wanted to ask white women, and vice versa. (The idea came from a similar exchange on the site VerySmartBrothas.com.) All of us were immediately psyched for the opportunity to talk honestly about race, a subject that is often rife with discomfort, and to see what we could learn from each other as a result. What originally was going to be a written post evolved into a video shoot, which went on way longer than any of us planned because we could not stop talking, and as result, we have the first in a multi-part series of episodes called “I Always Wanted To Ask…” This first episode focuses specifically on interracial dating. Before you watch, get to know the awesome women from Madame Noire, Brande, Veronica and Victoria, after the jump — and be sure to check out their site! We look forward to hearing what you think so please share your thoughts in the comments! Keep reading »

ESPN’s Jemele Hill Tweet Photo Of Her Sexist, Racist Hate Mail

Fired Over Hair
Rhonda Lee
Black woman fired for responding to Facebook posts about her hair. Read More »
Rhonda Lee Speaks Out
Rhonda Lee Democracy Now
Black meteorologist speaks out on getting fired. Read More »
Racist Joke?
Caroline Wozniacki
Tennis player Caroline Wozniacki accused of a racist joke. Read More »

Rhonda Lee, Black Meteorologist, On Getting Fired For Speaking Out About Her Hair

Fired Over Hair
Rhonda Lee
Black woman fired for responding to Facebook posts about her hair. Read More »
Racist Joke?
Caroline Wozniacki
Tennis player Caroline Wozniacki accused of a racist joke. Read More »
Black Mom-In-Chief
What white feminists get wrong about Michelle Obama. Read More »
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Rhonda Lee, Fired Meteorologist

Two weeks ago, we were disturbed to learn the story of Rhonda Lee, a black meteorologist who was fired from KTBS-TV in Shreveport, Louisiana, after she responded in the comments, kindly and politely, to two racist Facebook posts written by viewers on the station’s page. One of the racist posts, in fact, had even been “liked” by the station. You can read the full back story here.

Today, the news program “Democracy Now!” has an interview with Lee about her firing. (Warning: there is a minute-long request for donations from “Democracy Now!” before the segment airs, as the program is independently owned and completely advertising-free.) Keep reading »

UPDATE: Black Meteorologist Fired For Responding To Racist Facebook Posts, Including One About Her Hair

Racist Joke?
Caroline Wozniacki
Tennis player Caroline Wozniacki accused of a racist joke. Read More »
Black Mom-In-Chief
What white feminists get wrong about Michelle Obama. Read More »
Is This Film Racist?
Only Decent People
This Dutch film about black women's asses looks pretty racist. Read More »
Job Search Racism
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Black woman pretends to be Caucasion in her job search, has easier time. Read More »
Rhonda Lee

UPDATE: HuffPost has a copy of an email sent by KTBS to employees regarding the company’s “guidelines” (as they put it) for using social media — which Lee confirmed she did actually read. So, while she cannot claim she was totally unaware of how she was not supposed to respond to Facebook comments, they are only phrased as “guidelines” and “social media best practices,” not rules. You can read the email at the link. [Huffington Post]

Meteorologist Rhonda Lee has been fired by KTBS-TV in Shreveport, Louisiana, for responding to racist Facebook posts, including one about her hair. Lee was told she violated the company’s new social media policy which had been verbally announced one month prior at a meeting she did not attend. One comment Lee responded to was by a viewer griping that all the kids who won a KTBS holiday shopping spree were black. The other comment Lee responded to was by a viewer who told her to grow some hair or wear a wig. Keep reading »

Tennis Player Caroline Wozniacki Accused Of Racism For Mimicry Of Serena Williams

Color Of Domestic Violence
On Kasandra Perkins and the color of domestic violence. Read More »
Princess Fail
Charlotte Casiraghi Native American
Princess of Monaco dressed up like a Native American. Read More »
Geisha Outfit
Victoria's Secret sexy little geisha
Victoria Secret offends with "sexy little geisha" outfit. Read More »
Mindy's Race Jokes
The Mindy Project
"The Mindy Project" makes some squicky jokes about race. Read More »

The Danish tennis player Caroline Wozniacki has been accused of racism after she stuffed her bra and skirt, to give the appearance of ample breasts and butt, on the court yesterday, apparently mimicking her fellow women’s tennis player Serena Williams. Wozniacki was playing a game in Sao Paolo, Brazil, against Anna Kournikova when, with a big grin on her face, she stuffed small towels down her frontside and backside to give herself cariacturishly large proportions. She played for a minute or two dressed like that, as the audience chuckled, before pulling the towels out. You can watch a video of the incident after the jump. Keep reading »

The Soapbox: On Kasandra Perkins And The Color Of Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence Advice
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... from a prosecutor who has seen it all. Read More »
Helping DV Victims
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Should we ask victims of domestic violence why they stay? Read More »
Kasandra Perkins Murder
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NFL player Jovan Belcher murdered his girlfriend and then killed himself. Read More »

On December 1st, the sports world was in shock as reports came in that Jovan Belcher, a linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs, died in a murder-suicide, killing himself at the Chiefs training facility after murdering the mother of his three-month-old child in their home. Most people tried to figure out what would make a good kid like Belcher, who appeared to “have it all,” end his life in this way. But I found myself asking, “But what about the girlfriend? Does she even have a name?”

Her name was Kasandra Perkins. The 22-year-old mother had given birth in September and now she was dead. Gone. Keep reading »

Princess of Monaco Charlotte Casirhagi Dressed Up Like A Native American

Paul Frank Pow Wow
Paul Frank is in trouble for appropriating Native American culture. Read More »
Navajo No NO
Why the pattern might be illegal and culturally insensitive. Read More »
Black People Earrings
dolce gabbana racist earrings
Are these Dolce & Gabbana earrings racist? We can't decide. Read More »
Racism In French Elle
An article on "black style" sparks controversy, rightly so. Read More »
  • Princess of Monaco Charlotte Casirhagi is in trubs for wearing a Native American headdress and “war paint” during a show jumping competition. I can understand that she’s from Monaco and may not realize that appropriating the culture for a costume was ignorant and tone-deaf. But you would hope she’s come to that conclusion herself? Or perhaps not. Remember Prince Harry and the Nazi costume? Ugh, royals. [ONTD]
  • “Malcolm In The Middle” star Frankie Muniz, 27, was hospitalized on Friday for a “mini-stroke.” [The Wrap]
  • Beyoncé’s released the trailer of that documentary about herself (roll eyes) that she’s making for HBO and it includes the first look at her baby bump. Will that finally prove to the haters that she didn’t use a surrogate/Illuminati baby farm? [Crushable]

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