Posts tagged "race"

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 we did wa…

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

“Holland’s Got Talent” Judge Makes A Few Too Many Cringeworthy Racist Jokes

The first thing I did after watching this video was hit up Google with the question, "is holland racist." Perhaps not the best-formed inquiry, as far as reading comprehension goes, but a valid question nonetheless. It does, indeed, seem that the Netherlands might have a history of being a little racist, considering hundreds just recently…

By: Rachel Krause / November 20, 2013

Armani Mislabels Black Actress Alfre Woodard As Black Actor Idris Elba On Instagram

Do you know this actress's name? It's not a big deal if you don't. I didn't, until I used Google, which is what you do when you don't know a famous person's name and you're going to write about them on the Internet, right? I can tell you who she isn't, though, and that's actor…

By: Rachel Krause / November 20, 2013

Edinburgh University Law Students Wore Blackface For Class Party

I see where you were going with this, Edinburgh University Law Society students. Dressing up like a pirate is fun. Alas, your choice of pirate was not the "Arrgh, matey, ye scurvy seawags!" type [Hahahaha, what? Scurvy seawags! -- Amelia] and instead a more true-to-life Somali pirate. Alas, dressing in blackface is still not okay. …

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 18, 2013

Renisha McBride’s Parents Speak Out About Murder Charges Against Theodore Wafer

Earlier today we learned about the charges of second-degree murder and manslaughter against 54-year-old Theodore Wafer in the death of 19-year-old Renisha McBride. On November 2, the Michigan man shot McBride in the face through a closed and locked screen door at his home when she knocked on his front door earlier this month after…

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 15, 2013

Lily Allen Responds To Allegations Of Racism Against Black Women In Her “Hard Out Here” Video

This week, Lily Allen debuted the video for her new song "Hard Out Here," to extremely mixed reactions. Some, like our own Rachel, saw her song about pop music's policing of women's bodies and double standards about sexuality as a "feminist anthem."  Others are deeply offended by her use of mostly women of color backu…

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 13, 2013

Family Stages Rescue Of Kidnapped Bethany Arceneaux From Her Abusive Ex-Boyfriend

It's an incredible and heartbreaking story: the family of a young woman who was kidnapped last week by her abusive ex-boyfriend confronted him in a stand-off and saved her life. Bethany Arceneaux, 29, was kidnapped on Wednesday in Louisiana, by Scott Thomas, her ex-boyfriend and father of her child. Arceneaux filed a restraining order against…

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 11, 2013

[UPDATE] Family Of Renisha McBride, 19, Claim She Was Shot After Car Broke Down Because She Is Black

Update: This evening there is a rally for Renisha McBride in Dearborn, Michigan. Details at the link. [Clutch Magazine] Renisha McBride, a 19-year-old Detroit woman, was shot and killed early Saturday morning in an incident her family says was racial profiling. According to police, McBride's car broke down in the neighborhood of Dearborn Heights, Michigan.

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 7, 2013

Kerry Washington On Lesbian Rumors: “There’s No Reason To Be Offended”

"It’s interesting how much people long to fill in the gaps when someone in the public eye doesn’t share their personal life. I understand their frustration. I like how people will post pictures of me with other women that I adore, hugging on red carpets, and say, 'See?' Are we so uncomfortable with love betwee…

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 1, 2013

Jay Z Releases Statement About Racial Profiling & His Collaboration With Barneys

Last week, the mainstream media suddenly remembered racial profiling exists after a series of high-profile incidents in New York City. Unconnected to each other (as far as I know), several young Black people came forward about having been detained by police after shopping in department stores after they were accused of not reeeeally being able

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 28, 2013

Meet The Lovely People Who Support Blackface For Christmas

Nothing says "Merry Christmas" quite like racism! A popular Facebook page is determined to uphold the longstanding Dutch tradition of wearing blackface for Christmas celebrations. Zwarte Piet, or "Black Pete," is Santa’s helper in Dutch folklore, and while the character began in the 1700s as a demonic servant, nowadays he's pretty much just Santa's bud.

By: The Gloss / October 26, 2013

Barney’s Detains 19-Year-Old Black Kid Just Because He Bought An Expensive Ferragamo Belt

Racial profiling — it's so in this season! On April 29th, Trayon Christian, a 19-year-old from Queens, New York, got paid from his work-study job at New York City College of Technology, so he decided to go shopping. The teen made his way to Barney's New York, an upscale department store on tony Madison Avenue,…

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 23, 2013

Idiot Woman Throws “Africa-Themed” Birthday Party With Blackface & KKK Costume

The only thing more facepalm-y than holding an "African-themed" birthday party — whatever that even means, it's an entire continent, people! — is how she took to Tumblr to defend the photographs of her friends in blackface, "tribal paint," and a KKK costume. Now the whole world knows an Australian woman identified by Huffington Post…

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 22, 2013

Black Comedienne Nyima Funk Is Not Ready To Be On “Saturday Night Live”

Earlier this week, Kenan Thompson from "Saturday Night Live," spoke to TV Guide and explained why he puts on a dress and plays all the roles of Black women on the show instead of, you know, hiring one. The lack of Black women is a "tough part of the business," Thompson said. "Like in auditions,…

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 17, 2013

Kenan Thompson Says There Are No Black Women On “Saturday Night Live” Because There Aren’t Enough Funny Black Women

I like Kenan Thompson a lot. He's probably my favorite actor on "Saturday Night Live" right now. But what the heck was he thinking when he spoke to TV Guide about diversity on "SNL"? The show hasn't had a Black woman on the cast for six years, despite having numerous other performers of color, including…

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 15, 2013

Kickass Woman Of The Day: Warsan Shire Is London’s First Ever Young Poet Laureate

Warsan Shire, 24, has just become London's first ever Young Poet Laureate. The Kenyan-born Somali poet writes about both English and African culture, exploring war, sex, culture, love, and everything in between with a great depth and sensitivity. She expresses her worldview with an honest vulnerability that most would shy away from. Her first book of…

By: Claire Hannum / October 6, 2013

True Story: I Grew Up A Poor, Black Sex Symbol

I have been a symbol of sex my entire life. As a black woman from a poor, single-parent household, I know the script that is written for me far too well. Black women are always more appealing as strippers or "hoes." Before I even hit puberty, this script was shoved in my face and I…

By: Tiffanie Drayton / October 4, 2013
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