Posts tagged "race"

The Soapbox: On Disney’s First Latina Princess

"Disney is releasing a Latina princess soon, mija," I declared to my daughter as we drove away from her school and on our way to pick up her dad. "Good!" she said firmly. But of course, I rarely let that be the end of any conversation. "Why good?" I probed. What followed was a discussio…
By: Veronica Arreola / October 29, 2012

Police Say Sharmeka Moffitt Set Herself On Fire In Alleged KKK Attack

Yesterday. we were aghast to hear that a 20-year-old Louisiana woman named Sharmeka Moffitt claimed she had been attacked by three men and set on fire, burning the majority of her body, in a hate crime. Last night, police confirmed that Sharmeka Moffitt actually faked the "attack," scrawled the n-word and KKK o…
By: Jessica Wakeman / October 24, 2012

UPDATE: Sharmeka Moffitt, 20, Set On Fire In Alleged KKK Attack In Louisiana

UPDATE: Police now say Sharmeka Moffitt set herself on fire and wrote "KKK" and a racial slur on her car herself. She is still in critical condition at a hospital in Louisiana. [MSN] There are no words to really describe this: the FBI in Louisiana are investigating a possible hate crime attack by…
By: Jessica Wakeman / October 23, 2012

Victoria’s Secret Offends With “Sexy Little Geisha” Outfit

Sometimes brands are so dopey that you almost feel bad for them for not realizing they were being racist. (Almost.) First Paul Frank were ding-dongs with their Native American tee-pees-and-tomahawks party on Fashion's Night Out. And now Victoria's Secret is selling an outfit called "Sexy Little Geisha" featuring an "Oriental" patterned fan and…
By: Jessica Wakeman / September 24, 2012

Guy Talk: I Date Outside My Race Because My Race Doesn’t Want To Date Me

In case my last name doesn’t make it obvious enough, I’m Asian. At the same time, as some of my friends have noticed, my last few girlfriends have all been decidedly not Asian. To their mock-raised eyebrows, my response is, “I’m sorry. It's not my fault.” Okay, okay, I know what they’re thinking: As a…
By: Dennis Hong / September 19, 2012

The Soapbox: A Black Mom-in-Chief Is Revolutionary — What White Feminists Get Wrong About Michelle Obama

It does my heart good to see women of all races embrace Michelle Obama. It is too rare indeed for a brown-skinned woman, a descendant of slaves, a product of Chicago’s South Side to be lauded on an international stage. Considering the heavy burden of stereotype still faced by black women, I cheer a little…
By: Tami Winfrey-Harris / September 12, 2012

“Only Decent People”: The Dutch Film About Black Women’s Asses That Looks Pretty Racist

Anyone out there in the Frisky-verse speak Dutch? Because I would really love to understand what is going on in the trailer for "Only Decent People" ("Alleen Maar Nette Mensen"), a new film in The Netherlands that many people are decrying as racist. The film is about a white Jewish guy who dumps his white…
By: Jessica Wakeman / September 6, 2012

The Soapbox: Fall’s Most Controversial New Show Is “Elementary”

CBS’s new fall show "Elementary" has not even premiered yet, but already nerds everywhere are boycotting it. Why would people write off this modern retelling of the Sherlock Holmes story starring Lucy Liu and Jonny Lee Miller so soon? There are a bunch of (not very good) reasons.
By: Lauren Hunter / September 6, 2012

The Soapbox: In Comedy Is “Fat & White” The New “Sassy & Black”?

I was recently contacted through my website by a pregnant black woman who inquired about hiring me to perform standup at her baby shower. She and her husband were diehard comedy fans, and thought it would be fun to have a comic perform for their guests. "How did you find me?" I asked. "I Googled…
By: Erica Watson / August 31, 2012

On “The Mindy Project”‘s Squicky Jokes About Race

It's not easy to make offensive jokes about ignorance. One person's ignorant joke can be another person's joke about ignorance and even if your comedy has the best of intentions, it's frequently misunderstood.  Offensive humor is tricky to balance, but smart humorists can do it well. I believe Mindy Kaling from "The Office" i…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 29, 2012

Gabby Douglas Was “Isolated” At Gym, Called A “Slave”

In her upcoming interview with Oprah, Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas says she was "bullied" and "isolated" at her Virginia Beach gym for being black and was even called a "slave." But her gym, Excalibur Gymnastics, denied the claims and called Gabby's comments "hurtful" and "without merit." Err, I think she would know what happened…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 28, 2012

The Soapbox: Is Hollywood Still Colorstruck? The Search For Nina Simone Is Skin Deep

When the big news was announced last week that Zoe Saldana would be playing singer Nina Simone in a biopic, black cyberspace (yes, there is a "black Twitter" and a "black Facebook") let out a collective "Oh, hell to the naw"! For some it was because they did not believe that Zoe had…
By: Erica Watson / August 20, 2012

“Think Like A Man” Allegedly Banned In France Because It’s Not “Diverse” Enough

"Think Like A Man," the new Tyler Perry romantic comedy [Update: based on a book by Steve Harvey] about black women and men, has allegedly been banned in France because officials say the film is not diverse enough. According to blogger Fabienne Flessel at the blog Global Voices: Surprising as it may be, the answer…
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 21, 2012

Evening Quickies: George Zimmerman Enters “Not Guilty” Plea

George Zimmerman, the Florida man who shot and killed  Trayvon Martin, was arraigned in court today and formally entered the plea of "not guilty." Zimmerman's plea was accepted and he will next appear in court August 8. He faces a charge of second-degree murder for shooting the unarmed 17-year-old black boy. [USA…
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 8, 2012

The Soapbox: Can TV Spare Some Change? A Token Negro, Perhaps?

I have never watched HBO's new show "Girls."  Not because I don't want to — I'm actually excited to see a new female-centered TV show that allows actresses to play rich and diverse characters.  But unfortunately, the current role I play in real life, that of a struggling comic/actress, does not afford me the opportunity…
By: Erica Watson / May 3, 2012

Teyonah Parris On Playing “Mad Men”‘s First Black Employee

"I know that this show hasn’t had an African-American in the office and I know that comes with a lot of responsibility as to how I portray this woman, but I can’t think about that. I can only go in and do what I think this woman would do. I try not to think, 'Oh,…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 13, 2012

Something Pleasant Happened, For Once: Jeremy Lin Met With Fired ESPN Headline Writer

Last month, the world imploded (for a little while anyway) when ESPN writer Anthony Frederico penned a headline about Asian-American basketball player Jeremy Lin with the phrase "chink in the armor." He said he simply meant that Lin had screwed up his winning streak for the Knicks, but was promptly fired amid cries of racism.
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 28, 2012

Evening Quickies: Geraldo Rivera’s Own Son Is Ashamed Of His Trayvon Martin Comments

Following that victim-blaming commentary about murdered 17-year-old black male Trayvonn Martin, Geraldo Rivera tweeted this afternoon that his own son is ashamed of his "position on hoodies." Perhaps Geraldo should write a style guide. [Twitter.com/GeraldoRivera] Tori Spelling is pregnant with her fourth baby, just five months after she gave birth to daughter Hattie.
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 23, 2012

Where Are The Black Folks On “Mad Men”? Matt Weiner Explains

Forget for a second that every guest on "Charlie Rose," a PBS news program for wonks, looks like they're struggling to stay awake. The cast of "Mad Men" appeared last night with guest host Gayle King and she pressed the show's creator, Matt Weiner, with a good question: where are the black folks? "As you…
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 23, 2012

This Is Obviously The Best Way To Celebrate Black History Month

So much WTFery in one little flier: an elementary school class in Waxhaw, North Carolina, sent home this grammatically incorrect flier with students asking them to dress in "African American attire" for Black History Day on February 28. What exactly is "African American attire"? Well, that part isn't clear. A Flava Flav grill, perhaps? Fur-lined…
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 22, 2012
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