Posts tagged "race"

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

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 —…

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…

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 has been selected…

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…

By: Jessica Wakeman / January 28, 2014

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 are…

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 to…

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 character…

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…

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 predators choose and silence their victims. [Think Progress]
A…

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 a dicey move…

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 — on TV and…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / December 12, 2013
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