Posts tagged "race"

Clueless Casting Director’s Casting Call Ad Tells Us All We Need To Know About Racism And Colorism

I previously wrote a piece for The Frisky that briefly detailed the racism I discovered while working on a research thesis on prostitution in New York City. I explained to readers that in the sex work industry, White, Asian and Hispanic women receive higher payments than their Black counterparts and often times, many Black wome…

Tiffanie Drayton / July 18, 2014

16-Year-Old Jada Posts Powerful #IAmJada Photo

This powerful image before you is Jada, a 16-year-old girl in Texas who was sexually assaulted at a party last month and doubly victimized when pictures taken of the assault went viral online. The hashtag #jadapose shot around the Internet, with kids posing like Jada lying on the floor.  I hope this photo of Jada,…

Jessica Wakeman / July 14, 2014

The Soapbox: Ciara’s “Inelegant” New Hairstyle And The Politics Of Black Hair

Saturday evening on her Instagram profile, R&B singer Ciara debuted a new hairstyle: waist-skimming loc extensions. The style, a temporary version of the loc-ed hair many Black people of all genders sport, sparked discussion both among fans and style outlets.

One in particular, People magazine’s StyleWatch section, posted a story Tuesday about Ciara’…

Hannah Giorgis / July 9, 2014

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

“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,…

Hannah Giorgis / July 4, 2014

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

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…

Tiffanie Drayton / July 2, 2014

Some Racist Lady Yelled At Baby North West On A Flight

Kim Kardashian’s recent, unusally enlightened statement about becoming more conscious about racism wasn’t random: it was actually sparked by a verbal racist attack against her biracial one-year-old daughter, North West, by a first class passenger on an airplane. The passenger started yelling about Kim’s sexual relationships with Black men, including North’s dad, Kanye. Ick,…

Claire Hannum / June 30, 2014

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

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…

Jessica Wakeman / June 20, 2014

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

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…

Jessica Wakeman / June 12, 2014

18 Things White People Should Know/Do Before Discussing Racism

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 misinformatio…

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…

Jessica Wakeman / June 5, 2014

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.

Jessica Wakeman / June 5, 2014

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…

Jessica Wakeman / June 4, 2014

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

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…

Tiffanie Drayton / June 4, 2014

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…

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…

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…

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 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…

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…

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…

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…

Jessica Wakeman / May 5, 2014
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