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The Soapbox: Black Nerds, Escapism, & Why We Need More Diverse Books

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“You guys know about vampires? … You know, vampires have no reflections in a mirror? There’s this idea that monsters don’t have reflections in a mirror. And what I’ve always thought isn’t that monsters don’t have reflections in a mirror. It’s that if you want to make a human being into a monster, deny them, at the cultural level, any reflection of themselves. And growing up, I felt like a monster in some ways. I didn’t see myself reflected at all.” — Junot Díaz

As a kid, I never tried to sneak out of the house. It’s not that I was a stickler for the rules (sorry, Mom) — it’s just that all the wonders I could ever want to explore didn’t exist outside the confines of my home. They were waiting for me when I woke up each morning, tucked neatly into the hallway bookshelves whose ever-expanding ranks housed J.K. Rowling, Leo Tolstoy, Judy Blume, and Sarah Dessen. Keep reading »

An Open Letter To The Louis Vuitton Manager Who Allegedly Said “Black People Are Slaves Who Eat Dirt”

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I understand that an employee at the Louis Vuitton Townhouse in London’s Selfridges department store, after being subjected to many of your humiliating, infuriating, racist rants, recorded one of your many outbursts. In your recently outed diatribe, you allegedly state: “Black people are slaves who eat dirt off the floor.” I’m hopeful you’ve come to realize the gravity of your predicament, considering your actions on behalf of Louis Vuitton will be tried in court on the grounds of racial discrimination and harassment; restitution for which could cost your employer millions of dollars. It’s hard to imagine you’ll work in the industry again, but my concern for your future work-placement is less pressing at this particular moment. Your hate and ignorance is also of lesser importance.What is more deeply troubling is the prevalent racism found in the high fashion industry of which you are a representative — well, were, anyways. Keep reading »

Some Racist Lady Yelled At Baby North West On A Flight

The “Central Park Five” Settle With New York City For $40 Million

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New York City has reached a $40 million settlement with the five wrongfully convicted men who as teenagers were falsely accused and imprisoned for an attack on a jogger.

In 1989, a white female investment banker named Trisha Meili was brutally beaten and raped while jogging in Central Park at nighttime. Meili fell into a coma and remembers nothing about the attack. The NYPD pinned the brutality on five Black and Latino teenaged boys, despite the fact that some of the evidence didn’t add up.  Keep reading »

Ruby Dee, Actress & Civil Rights Activist, Dies At 91

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  • Ruby Dee, an actress in the 1961 film “A Raisin In The Sun” and a prominent civil rights activist, died yesterday at age 91. She was a friend of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X, and she appeared at the famous March On Washington in 1963.   She appeared in two of Spike Lee’s earliest films, “Do The Right Thing” and “Jungle Fever,” and was the first Black woman to star in major roles in a prestigious Shakespeare festival. Dee, was married to the actor Ossie Davis and together they received a joint National Medal of Arts from President Clinton. [New York TimesColorLines]
  • Louisiana’s governor has signed a restrictive abortion bill into law which requires that doctors have admitting privileges at hospitals within 30 miles of their clinic. It also mandates a 24-hour waiting period for abortions. [RH Reality Check] Keep reading »

18 Things White People Should Know/Do Before Discussing Racism

18 Things White People Should Know/Do Before Discussing Racism
Dealing With Racism
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Megan's guide to dealing with casual racism. Read More »

Discussions about racism should be all-inclusive and open to people of all skin colors. However, to put it simply, sometimes White people lack the experience or education that can provide a rudimentary foundation from which a productive conversation can be built. This is not necessarily the fault of the individual, but pervasive myths and misinformation have dominated mainstream racial discourse and often times, the important issues are never highlighted. For that reason, The Frisky has decided to publish this handy list that has some basic rules and information to better prepare anyone for a worthwhile discussion about racism. Keep reading »

Justin Bieber Issues Apology For Second Racist Video

“Facing my mistakes from years ago has been one of the hardest things I’ve ever dealt with. But I feel now that I need to take responsibility for those mistakes and not let them linger. I just hope that the next 14-year-old kid who doesn’t understand the power of these words does not make the same mistakes I made years ago. At the end of the day I just need to step up and own what I did.”

Justin Bieber released a statement to US Weekly regarding the second video in which he uses racial slurs. In the newest video, posted by TMZ yesterday, Justin sings a parody of his song “One Less Lonely Girl” but replaces the word “girl” with the n-word and jokes about the KKK. In the apology released today, it’s clear that he’s asking for leniency because both videos were filmed several years ago, when he was under age. (He used a similar apology for the first video.)

Justin’s manager, Scooter Braun, posted his own message on Instagram about the scandal, which reads: ”Some mistakes have no excuses. They are just wrong. But how a man reacts to those mistakes… How he owns it and learns from it… That defines him more than the mistake itself.” [US Weekly] [Image via WENN]

15 To 20 Minutes More Of Racist Justin Bieber Footage Could Drop Soon

  • There could be even more racist Justin Bieber footage dropping: sources say there could be 15 to 20 minutes, including one where the then-teenaged Bieber jokes about “Black people liking watermelon.” His handlers continue to be pretty blasé about all this. [Page Six]
  • Meanwhile, some of Bieber’s Black friends are standing by him. [TMZ]
  • Courteney Cox may be getting engaged to the guitarist for Snow Patrol, Johnny McDaid. I didn’t even know they were dating. [Page Six]
  • Here’s the new Lana Del Rey song, “Ultraviolence”! [NYMag.com] Keep reading »

Pharrell Apologizes For Wearing Native American Headdress On Elle UK Cover

  • Pharrell issued an apology for posing on the cover of Elle UK wearing a Native American headdress, which is yet another example of appropriating articles of someone else’s culture as “fashion.” The singer said he respects all cultures and is “genuinely sorry.” [Buzzfeed]
  • “Louie” depicted an attempted rape between friends (Louie CK’s character and the character played by Pamela Adlon), which we so often don’t see handled on television. [Happy Nice Time People]
  • Melissa McCarthy has debuted her plus-size clothing line! [People]
  • Here’s 18-year-old Kendall Jenner posing topless in Interview magazine. [Interview]

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An Open Letter To The Gawker Essayist Who Wrote About Dating White Women While Black

An Open Letter To The Gawker Essayist Who Wrote About Dating White Women While Black
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Girl Talk: On Being My Black Boyfriend's First Black Girlfriend
Tiffanie Drayton on being her Black BF's first Black girlfriend. Read More »

Dear Ernest Baker,

In your recent personal essay on Gawker titled “The Reality of Dating White Women When You Are Black,” you stated unequivocally that you are not a “sell out” because you are a Black man who chooses to seriously date only White women. As a 24-year-old Black woman with very similar life circumstances, I can assure you that after reading your piece — although you may not believe that you are a “sell-out” or that you are riddled by “self hate” —the man who wrote that piece is both. Keep reading »

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