Posts tagged "race"

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. [Politico, Entertainment Weekly] Norwegian Cruise Lines uninvited Joan Rivers, her daughter and…
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…
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.
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. A…
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. […
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…
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…
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,…
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…
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

The Soapbox: Replacing Sexism With Racism Is Not a Proper Hollaback

This post is reprinted from The Huffington Post with the permission of its authors. What's the biggest myth about street harassment? That men of color comprise the majority of offenders. It's a myth as old as this nation: the idea that Black men are more likely to be sexual predators — especially…
By: Emily May and Courtney Young / March 9, 2014

Lupita Nyong’o: “There Is No Shame In Black Beauty”

Yetsreday ESSENCE magazine bestowed Lupita Nyong'o the Best Breakthrough Performance Award at their 2014 Black Women in Hollywood luncheon for her Oscar-nominated performance in "12 Years A Slave." While receive this honor, Lupita gave an acceptance speech which was both heartbreaking and inspiring. She spoke about Black beauty and the times as a young adult that…
By: Jessica Wakeman / February 28, 2014

I Haven’t Had An Abortion, But I Would

It was a Tuesday afternoon and I was on my therapist's couch. I described for her an incident over the weekend when I felt sad, deeply sad, for seemingly no reason at all. I had felt reclusive and shy and wanted to stay in my bed; when my husband encouraged me to go to a…
By: Jessica Wakeman / February 26, 2014

The George Zimmerman Vs. DMX “Celebrity Boxing Match” Is Wrong On Every Damn Level

Today would have been Trayvon Martin's 19th birthday. Martin, however, is not celebrating that birthday today because he was shot and killed by George Zimmerman nearly two years ago in February 2012. Today is also the day that boxing promoter Damon Feldman has tastelessly and unapologetically chosen to announce that rapper DMX…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / February 5, 2014

It Happened To Me: I Saw A White Girl On My Train And I’m Suddenly Feeling Uncomfortable With It

The subway can be pretty crowded at night, especially coming into Brooklyn from Manhattan. We’re usually packed in like sardines before spilling out onto the platform in little clusters as we head deeper into the bowels of the borough. The scene was no different last Saturday night. After my evening of listening to raucous hi…
By: The Gloss / January 29, 2014

Rutgers Is Offering A Course Called “Politicizing Beyoncé”

The Women's and Gender Studies Department at Rutgers University in New Jersey is offering a class called "Politicizing Beyoncé," which uses the pop star as a lens to examine racial and sexual issues in America, particularly as they pertain to Black feminism. All students need to earn at least a "Bey" to pass the class.
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 28, 2014
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