Posts tagged "race"

The Soapbox: “I Always Felt As If White Girls Thought Less Of Me Because I Was Half-Asian”: There Should Be More Discussion About Elliot Rodger’s Racism

It feels like the entire Internet is having one big argument about Elliot Rodger, the 22-year-old who murdered six people near the UC Santa Barbara campus before killing himself last Friday. Did he mostly have a problem with misogyny? Did he mostly have a problem with mental illness? Did he mostly have a problem with…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 28, 2014

Maya Angelou Dies At 86

Maya Angelou, a poet and civil rights activist, has died at 86. Angelou is most well-known for her memoir I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings about growing up poor and Black in the South and she leaves behind a trove of poetry, plays, and other books. Angelou was active in the Civil Rights Movement and worked alongside…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 28, 2014

How One CEO Is Bringing More Women And Minorities To Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley is known for many things — it’s thriving startup culture, the birthplace of Apple and leading the world in innovative technology and engineering — but diversity is not one of them. Angela Benton knows this first hand. She’s a 32-year-old CEO who moved to the tech promise land in 2011. She’s also an African-America…

By: Hello Beautiful / May 25, 2014

Harvard’s Government School Orientation Will Now Have A “Check Your Privilege” Session

Last week, the dean of Harvard University's prestigious Kennedy School of Government agreed to include "power and privilege training" for every new student at orientation. As NYmag.com notes, activists like Reetu Mody, a first-year grad student at the Kennedy School, found themselves disturbed by how often their opinions, especially those suggesting a racial bias, were…

By: Claire Hannum / May 15, 2014

Donald Sterling On Magic Johnson: “He Acts So Holy, He Made Love With Every Girl In Every City, And He Catches HIV”

Donald Sterling sure has a funny way of "apologizing" for making racist remarks and trying to get back into the good graces of the NBA. The Los Angeles Clippers owner appeared on "Anderson Cooper 360" last night, and in addition to denying that he's a racist and claiming he was baited into making those racist…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / May 13, 2014

Clippers Owner Donald Sterling: “I Am Not A Racist” (Cue Eyeroll)

Donald Sterling of the Los Angeles Clippers appeared on "Anderson Cooper 360" to discuss the audio that appeared of him complaining to his mistress about bringing Black people to NBA games. Sterling  insisted to Cooper, "I am not a racist" and that he only "made a terrible mistake." Sterling claims he was "baited" and blamed…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 12, 2014

V. Stiviano Defends Donald Sterling As “Not A Racist” In “20/20″ Interview

V. Stiviano, the mistress of the Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, did an interview with Barbara Walters on "20/20" in which she said he's "not a racist" and is just from "a different generation." Um. [PoliticoEntertainment Weekly] Norwegian Cruise Lines uninvited Joan Rivers, her daughter and her grandson from a July cruise…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 5, 2014

Defense Secretary Asks Military To Review Rules Targeting Black Women’s Hairstyles

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has asked the military to review new Army rules regulating hairstyles which mostly target Black women. The new regulations ban dreadlocks, twists and larger cornrows. [New York Times] Jessica Valenti has a moving essay about having a preemie baby and her own complicated feelings about later-term abortions. Ultimately, though, Valenti say…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 1, 2014

Clippers Owner Donald Sterling Fined $2.5 Million And Banned For Life By The NBA

Earlier today, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced at a press conference that Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been banned for life by the NBA, after an audio recording of Sterling going on a racist rant was leaked on the internet this past weekend. "Effective immediately, I am banning Mr. Sterling for life from any associatio…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / April 29, 2014

The Soapbox: On Donald Sterling, America’s Culture Of Racism & Coming Home

The media frenzy surrounding the racism of Los Angeles Clippers' team owner Donald Sterling reminded me why last year, at the age of 23, I decided to leave the country I had been calling "home" for nearly two decades. As a black woman of Caribbean descent, I felt alienated and lost in a sea of…

By: Tiffanie Drayton / April 28, 2014

Los Angeles Clippers Display Silent Protest Against Racist Owner Donald Sterling

Over the weekend, TMZ released a recording in which Donald Sterling, the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, tells his mistress he wishes she wouldn't bring Black people to games or pose in photos with them on her Instagram. "Don’t put him on an Instagram for the world to have to see so they have…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 28, 2014

Lupita Nyong’o Named People Magazine’s “Most Beautiful” Person

Lupita Nyong'o has been named People magazine's Most Beautiful person because duh. [People] NEW BEYONCE SONG! [Pitchfork] HBO announced it will begin streaming shows on Amazon and that HBO Go will become available on Amazon's new Fire TV. [NYmag.com] Matt Bomer secretly married his husband Simon Halls, a publicist, three years ago. The couple ha…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 23, 2014

Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s Statement On Race, Gender, Genetics & Science Is Yet Another Reason We Love Him

I didn't think it was possible for me to love Neil deGrasse Tyson more than I already do, but then the "Cosmos"' host went dropped some real talk in a discussion about whether genetics -- specifically difference between the sexes -- is to blame for there being so few women in STEM fields. “I’ve never bee…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / April 22, 2014

Report: #DarkSkinRedLip Founder Karyn Washington Dead At 22

Karyn Washington, the founder of the site For Brown Girls and the #DarkSkinRedLip project, has died at age 22, Clutch Magazine is reporting. On the #DarkSkinRedLip website, Washington posted photographs of Black women proudly wearing red lipstick; the project came about after the rapper A$AP Rocky said that women of color can't wear red lipstick.

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 11, 2014

Girl Talk: On Being My Black Boyfriend’s First Black Girlfriend

The first time I asked my boyfriend if he had ever actually dated a black girl, we had not even met yet. It was during one of our online Skype sessions that the conversation came up. "I've never really lived around too many black people," he confessed. "So have you ever dated a black girl?"…

By: Tiffanie Drayton / April 11, 2014

The Soapbox: The ’80s Called And They Want Their Sex Wars Back

I’m writing this on an airplane from Toronto, Ontario, to San Francisco, California. I’ve just spent six days among other women, other queers, other porn performers, and other feminists at the Feminist Porn Awards and the Feminist Porn Conference. In that time, I have witnessed moments that made my heart soar, my eyes tear u…

By: Kitty Stryker / April 10, 2014

Stephen Colbert Responds To #CancelColbert By Shutting Down The Ching Chong Ding Dong Foundation For Sensitivity To Orientals Or Whatever

Stephen Colbert has finally responded to the hashtag #CancelColbert, which was trending last week on Twitter. In true "Colbert Report" fashion, he did it in character as a pompous blowhard conservative who "doesn't see race." A quick recap for those of you who were down a hole all weekend: in response to a news segment…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 1, 2014

Don’t #CancelColbert: Stephen Colbert Blasted Over Satirical Tweet About Racism That He Didn’t Even Send

You read a tweet that looks like it's from a celebrity and it says this: "I am willing to show #Asian community I care by introducing the Ching-Chong Ding Dong Foundation For Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever." Pretty racist and disturbing, right? Of course it is. Then you realize that it was tweeted from the Twitter…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 28, 2014

White Actress Rooney Mara Cast As Native American Tiger Lily In “Pan,” A Peter Pan Remake

It seems Hollywood has learned nothing from the barrage of criticism for casting straight actor Jared Leto in his (ultimately Oscar-winning) role as a transgender woman in "Dallas Buyers' Club" or casting Johnny Depp, a white man, as the Native American Tonto in "The Lone Ranger." Once again, an actor has been cast in a…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 17, 2014

Mindy Kaling On Diversity: “I’m A F**king Indian Woman Who Has Her Own F**king Network TV Show, OK?”

“I look at shows on TV, and this is going to just seem defensive, but I’m just gonna say it: I’m a fucking Indian woman who has her own fucking network television show, OK? ... I have four series regulars that are women on my show, and no one asks any of the shows I…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 12, 2014
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