Posts tagged "race"

Russian Socialite Dasha Zhukova Poses On Chair Made To Look Like A Black Woman [UPDATE]

Update: A publicist for Dasha Zhukova has sent a statement which you can find after the jump. If you thought that Sarah Palin telling President Obama on her Facebook page to stop "playing the race card" was the most tone-deaf and ignorant thing to happen on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, you…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 21, 2014

Did Vanity Fair Lighten “12 Years A Slave” Star Lupita Nyong’o’s Skin?

Vanity Fair has been accused of lightening "12 Years A Slave" actress Lupita Nyong'o's skin in photos (left). The skin color difference is drastically different! I find it hard to believe her skin just looks a lot lighter from the flash or lighting. [Clutch Magazine] A Detroit man has plead not guilty…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 16, 2014

“How I Met Your Mother” Puts White Characters In Asian “Yellowface” [UPDATE]

UPDATE, 1/16/14, 11a.m.: Commenters have pointed out to me that there were numerous errors in this post. I apologize for the errors and my ignorance on these differences.   Last night's episode of CBS' "How I Met Your Mother" is under fire for the racist decision to depict three of its white characters in "yellowface"…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 15, 2014

Photo Of Baby-Toting Dad Doing His Daughter’s Hair Goes Viral

It's not hard to understand why this picture went viral: 39-year-old Doyin Richards and his kids are pretty damn cute. As Doyin explained on his blog, Daddy Doin Work, his wife usually does his two-year-old daughter's hair in the mornings but one day she was running late. He was on paternity leave in October, whe…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 9, 2014

“Saturday Night Live” Adds Two Black Women To Writers’ Room Staff

Good news in Today's Lady News, for once: "Saturday Night Live" has added two Black women to its writing staff beginning this month. LaKendra Tookes and Leslie Jones are both comediennes who were discovered during recent auditions held by executive producer Lorne Michaels, with the express purpose of adding a Black female to the cast.
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 8, 2014

“Saturday Night Live” Adds Sasheer Zamata, First Black Female Cast Member in 5 Years, As A Featured Player

Putting to rest (for now) a controversy over why the iconic comedy show has not had a Black woman on the cast for five years, Sasheer Zamata has joined"Saturday Night Live" as a featured player. According to Deadline Hollywood, Sasheer graduated from the University of Virginia three years ago and trained with the Upright Citize…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 6, 2014

Miley Cyrus Still Doesn’t Get Why Her VMAs Performance Was Racially Problematic

"It’s actually really funny how many people could watch my performance, and they think it was, like, sexist and degrading to women, and somehow people found that it was racist, which I couldn’t even wrap my mind around. Because I’m like: 'How do I win? If I have white dancers, then I’m racist. If I…
By: Jessica Wakeman / December 27, 2013

Italy Promotes “12 Years A Slave” With White Actors Instead Of Its Critically Acclaimed (And Black!) Star Chiwetel Ejiofor

The movie "12 Years A Slave" is being heralded as one of the best films of the year, is expected to be nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture, and leads the Golden Globe nominations with seven nods. Its star is Chiwetel Ejiofor, who is winning accolades left and right for his performance as Solomon Northup, a…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / December 23, 2013

Can Television Have More Shonda Rhimes Please?

Frustrating as it is, racism in Hollywood is still prevalent in 2013. When USA Today explored the absence of Black women in Hollywood this week, they highlighted the approach behind the racial diversity that can be found on "Grey's Anatomy" -- color-blind casting. Linda Lowy, the casting director behind the oh-so-addictive hospital drama created by Shonda Rhimes, explained,…
By: Claire Hannum / December 19, 2013

Today’s Lady News: #NotYourAsianSidekick Blows Up Twitter

The hashtag discussion #NotYourAsianSidekick blew up on Twitter over the weekend, and drew attention to the marginalization of Asian-American women in feminism. The hashtag was started by Suey Park, an organizer and writer. [BBC, Salon] What R. Kelly teaches us about how sexual predator…
By: Jessica Wakeman / December 16, 2013

Lorne Michaels Promises “Saturday Night Live” Will Add A Black Female Cast Member In January 2014

"Saturday Night Live" creator and executive producer Lorne Michaels said the show will add a Black female cast member in January 2014. The show held a special audition for a group of Black comediennes. (One woman who auditioned has come forward calling the whole thing a publicity stunt, which seems like…
By: Jessica Wakeman / December 13, 2013

Fox News Host Megyn Kelly Believes In (White) Santa Claus

Earlier this week, Slate.com columnist Aisha Harris wrote a somewhat tongue-in-cheek piece arguing that Santa Claus needed a makeover. Instead of always being depicted as a jolly, fat, white man, Santa Claus should be a penguin. Harris wrote about growing up as a Black child and seeing two versions of Santa --…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / December 12, 2013

Nelson Mandela Dead At 95

Nelson Mandela, the former president of South Africa, an anti-apartheid peace activist and Nobel Prize winner, is dead at 95. Mandela spent 27 years in prison for his activism on behalf of civil rights for South Africa's Black people, living in a six-foot wide cell on Robben Island.  Mandela had been sick for a long…
By: Jessica Wakeman / December 5, 2013

Your First Black Girlfriend Is Sparing You The Future Embarrassment

Hey guys, meet your first black girlfriend! Her name is Akilah Hughes, and she's a writer and comedienne. Lucky for you, this isn't her first time at the interracial relationship rodeo — so she knows exactly what to say when it comes to the "unspoken anxiety" and those "cringe-worthy moments" that are…
By: Rachel Krause / December 3, 2013

GOP Tweets That Racism Has Ended, Twitter Hashtag Says Otherwise

Hey guys, great news. According to a tweet posted to the GOP's official Twitter account -- acknowledging the 58th anniversary of Rosa Parks' refusal to move to the back of the bus in Birmingham, Alabama -- racism has ended. I'm not sure when it happened, but it must have been recently. I…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / December 1, 2013

EBONY Declares Today #NationalAfroDay In Honor Of Vanessa Van Dyke

Earlier this week, we fell in love with 12-year-old badass Vanessa Van Dyke (and her supportive momma!) for not letting her private school enforce racist beauty standards on her hair. The Orlando, Florida, student complained about bullying from students over her Afro and school administrators responded by demanding that Vanessa straighten or cut…
By: Jessica Wakeman / November 27, 2013

Blackface Solange Knowles Costume Doesn’t Go Over So Well For White French Elle Editor

Elle France beauty editor Jeanne Deroo has learned the hard way that, nope, dressing up in blackface to "honor" your favorite musician, Solange Knowles, isn't okay.
By: Jessica Wakeman / November 26, 2013

Florida School Threatens To Expel Black Student Unless She Straightens Or Cuts Her Hair

Faith Christian Academy in Orlando, Florida, has forced 12-year-old Vanessa Van Dyke, a Black student who rocks a mane of natural hair, to either straighten her hair or cut it off — or be expelled. The school claims her hairstyle is in violation of the school dress code, which says, "Hair must be a natural…
By: Jessica Wakeman / November 26, 2013

True Story: A Photoshopping Site Stole My Selfie Off Instagram And Gave Me A “Makeover” [UPDATE]

UPDATE, 5:40p.m.: @photoshop_fantasy has issued an apology on their Instagram page, although it appears all the same images are still up : Hello lovely followers! We want to apologize for the inconveniences this account has caused with the unadvised photoshops. We deleted them and promise to not do these again without permission. What…
By: Carrie Nelson / November 26, 2013

Oh, For Eff’s Sake, Michelle Obama Is Not A “Feminist’s Nightmare”

One of the most intriguing characters on "Scandal" is First Lady Mellie Grant. She's not just a WASP sent from Central Casting, or a put-upon wife of a philanderer. Mellie gave up her Yale and Harvard-bred ambitions for the full-time job of photo ops and glad-handing as the First Lady. Just like Lucy Ricardo alway…
By: Jessica Wakeman / November 22, 2013
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