Posts tagged "race"

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

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…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / January 23, 2013

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

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…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / January 15, 2013

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

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…

By: Jessica Wakeman / January 15, 2013

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

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…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / January 8, 2013

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

Last week, ESPN sportscaster Jemele Hill, who is black, shared on Twitter a horrifically racist and sexist letter that she received from a viewer. It's pretty fucking awful. [Clutch Magazine, Huffington Post] I don't even want to know about a "bulimia machine." [Jezebel] Alabama State Rep. Patricia Todd, who is openly gay, introduced a bill…

By: Jessica Wakeman / January 7, 2013

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

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 bee…

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 20, 2012

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

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…

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 12, 2012

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

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 gri…

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 11, 2012

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

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…

By: Erica Watson / December 6, 2012

Princess of Monaco Charlotte Casirhagi Dressed Up Like A Native American

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…

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 4, 2012

Black Woman Pretends To Be Caucasian In Her Job Search, Has Easier Time

An unemployed black woman named Yolanda Spivey pretended to be white (and named Bianca White) in her Monster.com job search and found that her employment prospects dramatically increased. [Clutch Magazine] The police chief of Saratoga Springs, New York, has had to apologize for his team's mishandling of a violent rape case. [Jezebel] Contraception use i…

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 15, 2012

Why Have 25 Out Of 26 “Sexiest Men” Been White?

Forget how outraged you are that Ryan Gosling was once again not deemed the "Sexiest Man Alive" by People: There's a real controversy here, and it has nothing to do with the Gos. In 26 years of choosing a sexiest man, the magazine has selected white guys 25 of those times, writes Tricia Romano in the Daily Beast. Eve…

By: Newser / November 15, 2012

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 on her car,…

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 the Ku…

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 hair stick…

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
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