Posts tagged "race"

Patricia Arquette’s Backstage Comments Overshadow Oscar Speech

Patricia Arquette gave one of the best speeches at last night’s Oscars, calling for equal pay and equal rights for women and earning the enraptured applause of Meryl Streep. But backstage in the press room, Arquette continued her call to action, saying some things that were decidedly tone deaf.
“It’s time for women i…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / February 23, 2015

Richard Pryor’s Prescient Pre-Twitter Statements Regarding The Oscars

In advance of this year’s very white Oscars it’s sobering to read that infamous comedian Richard Pryor called it way back when.

In 1977, Pryor dryly exclaimed “I am here tonight. To explain why black people. Will never be nominated for anything.”

With Selma grabbing a Best Picture nomination but nary…

By: Katrin Higher / February 22, 2015

The NFL’s Anti-Domestic Violence Partner Is A Sham Organization

The NFL’s anti-domestic violence campaign partner, No More, is a sham — surprise, surprise. [Deadspin]
Black girls are six times as likely to be suspended as White girls in New York schools. [The Daily Beast]
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, speaking at Georgetown University, said that if she could undo one Supreme Court decisio…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / February 5, 2015

This Business Insider Senior Editor Thinks NBA And NFL Players Do “Hood Rat Sh-t”

It’s never easy to get an assignment handed to you that’s hard to write — especially one as silly as a listicle about what constitutes a “Modern Gentleman,” but that didn’t stop Business Insider’s senior finance editor, Linette Lopez, from giving it the old college try. The other thing it didn’t stop her from? Making…

By: Beejoli Shah / February 2, 2015

Get To Know The Women Of The #BlackLivesMatter Movement

Meet the women of the #BlackLivesMatter movement. [The Atlantic]
Is casual, everyday sexism making women sick? [The Guardian]
Islamaphobic bus ads in San Francisco have been “defaced” (I say improved upon) with images of Kamala Khan, otherwise known as Ms. Marvel, Marvel Comics’ Muslim superhero. [io9]…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / January 27, 2015

These Dolls Are Pushing Barbie Right Out Of Nigeria

The concept of the Western standard of beauty is slowly disintegrating, and in Nigeria, that slow pace is picking up steam, all thanks to a set of dolls.

The Queens of Africa dolls and Naija Princess dolls were created by a Nigerian entrepreneur, Taofick Okoya, after he realized that his three daughters were…

By: Beejoli Shah / January 21, 2015

Martin Luther King Jr.’s Legacy Is Not Tarnished By His Family, But By The Absence Of Equality In America

It seems that USA Today is concerned with the preservation of Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy; or at least how his family has profited from it. Their editorial board published an article titled, “Martin Luther King’s Heirs Milk a Legacy” essentially detailed the amount of money the King family has made after hi…

By: Tiffanie Drayton / January 19, 2015

3 Other Reasons Why Ava DuVernay’s “Selma” Oscar Snub Matters

As soon as Oscar nominations were announced this morning, Twitter strained to the point of breaking under the weight of thousands of bloggers, saddled with white guilt, who took up microblogging arms to announce the injustice of Ava DuVernay, director of the Martin Luther King, Jr. biopic “Selma,” being left off the nomination list for…

By: Beejoli Shah / January 15, 2015

I’m Not That Great A White Person

The thing about being white is you end up with a lot of white friends. They’re people you went to school with, people you worked with, even people you’re related to. Some white people are all right, but a lot of them are kind of awful. I’m not even really that super good of a…

By: Beth Tully / January 5, 2015

KKK Takes Out Billboard Claiming They’re Not Racist, They Just Love White People

The Ku Klux Klan has taken out a billboard for the purpose of advertising their internet radio station — WhitePrideRadio.com, which redirects to KKKradio.com — alongside the highway in Harrison, Arkansas. The sign, which features a sad-looking little white girl holding a sad puppy, also declares “It’s Not Racist to <3 Your People.”…

By: Robyn Pennacchia / January 2, 2015

Black Employment Rates Were Hit Worse Than White Employment Rates During The Recession

The recession widened the employment gap between Blacks and Whites. [The Atlantic]
If the NYPD is willing to disrespect their boss in public, what do they do when no one’s looking? [The Grio]
Ezell Ford’s autopsy found that the unarmed Black man was shot in the back by the LAPD. [The Root]…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / December 30, 2014

Macklemore On Race In America: “As A White Person, We Have To Listen”

Macklemore gave a great interview with NYC’s Hot 97 in which he discusses white cultural appropriation of hip-hop and what white people can do to support the Black Lives Matter movement. (I don’t think he explained that pencil thin ‘stache though.) [Hot 97]
Giada DeLaurentiis has split from her husband of 11 years.

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / December 30, 2014

Black Colleges Are Helping To Boost Black Participation In The Sciences

Historically Black colleges are helping to increase participation in STEM fields. [The Atlantic]
Gmail has been shut down completely in China. [The Guardian]
Read the too-common story of an insurance company mix up that ended with the last-minute denial of gender reassignment surgery for one trans woman. [The Daily Beast]
Black…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / December 29, 2014

“Why Is My Curriculum White?” Is Exactly The Question We Should Be Asking About University Education

The hardest thing I was ever tasked with reading in a history course was Edward Said’s Orientalism. I dropped the course because it was totally over my head. That says a lot.
My major was twentieth-century European history, and my focus was on Germany, but specifically the rise of the Third Reich. I was

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / December 26, 2014

The Soapbox: On The Sacrifices Expected Of Immigrant Nannies

I have a deep-seated resentment of White parents who specifically hire Black immigrant women or people of color as nannies. Whenever I go to the park or take a stroll through New York City on any day of the work week and see large groups of Black or minority women pushing strollers with…

By: Tiffanie Drayton / December 24, 2014

The Police Aren’t “Under Siege,” They’re Under Criticism

The shooting of two NYPD officers this weekend was tragic, but to blame it on Black Lives Matter protestors has no basis. The police aren’t “under siege,” they’re under criticism. [Slate]
Learn about the Turkish businesswomen who are fighting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s censorship and neglect of domestic violence issues. [The Daily

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / December 22, 2014

The Civil Rights Act Now Covers Protections For Transgender Individuals

The Justice Department is now interpreting the Civil Rights Act to include protections for transgender people. (The Grio)
The Miss World Pageant is no longer including the bikini portion. (The Independent)
Nonviolent drug criminals who are serving bloated sentences that they wouldn’t be serving under the 2010 Fair Sentencing Act might be…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / December 20, 2014

2014 Was The Year Of Outrage

Check out Slate’s comprehensive interactive calendar of everything that has outraged us this year, day-by-day. [Slate]
Sony CEO Michael Lynton apologized for claiming in a hacked e-mail that alcohol is to blame for sexual assault and that assault rates haven’t increased (they have). [Daily Dot]
An Uber driver has been accused of…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / December 18, 2014

Representation In Porn, Or A Lack Thereof, And Why It Matters

Have you ever wondered what racial representation looks like in porn versus the United States population? Well, I have.
I get tired of conventional porn sometimes, and I want to see porn with women especially, but people in general, who aren’t going “ooohnnnn ooohhhhhnnn ohhhhhnnn” like seals throughout the movie, or who aren’t skinny,…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / December 18, 2014

12-Year-Old Tamir Rice’s Death Ruled A Homicide

Last month, 12-year-old Tamir Rice was killed by a Cleveland police officer who was responding to a 911 call about Rice playing with a BB gun at a park. Surveillance video of the incident shows that Rice was shot mere seconds after Office Tim Loehmann and his partner arrived on the scene. Rice died the…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / December 12, 2014
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