Posts tagged "race"

The Soapbox: On #SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen; Feminism Is Not Black And White

The Internet exploded in feminist calamity yesterday over the racist, sexist, patriarchal, abuse-laden behavior of Hugo Schwyzer, an allegedly a self-described* mentally ill (former) professor of women's studies at Pasadena City College. Schwyzer divulged information that is classically tucked away behind the buttressed walls of systemic white privilege. Anecdotally, it’s akin to the ENRON…
By: Shanelle Matthews / August 13, 2013

Judge Drops Racial Discrimination Claims Against Paula Deen

A Georgia judge threw out racial discrimination complaints against Paula Deen by a former employee, Lisa Jackson. Sexual harassment claims against Deen and her brother Bubba Hiers from the same lawsuit still exist. [People, TMZ] Casey Wilson from "Happy Endings" and "Saturday Night Live" and June Diane…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 12, 2013

The Soapbox: Natural Hair, Like Recycling, Is Not A Lifestyle Choice For Everyone

For the last several years, natural hair "trends" have been on the rise for African-American and other women in the U.S. Just last week, Oprah graced the cover of O Magazine donning an enormous Afro, much bigger than the one she wore in the late '70s when she first started…
By: Shanelle Matthews / August 12, 2013

Oprah’s “Fat,” So Racism Can’t Be That Bad, Says Rush Limbaugh

While recently shopping in Zurich, Switzerland, a shop clerk refused to show Oprah Winfrey a purse because it was "too expensive." But Rush Limbaugh wants to assure us all that this didn't happen because of racism against Black women, but because Oprah is "fat." [Media Matters For America] Corporate lobbyists representing Macy'…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 9, 2013

The Soapbox: On The Forgotten Women Of “Fruitvale Station”

Everything you've heard about "Fruitvale Station" is true. The biopic, which won the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award for U.S. dramatic film at Sundance, explores the final day in the life of Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old Black man from Oakland who was shot and killed by a BART officer on New…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 8, 2013

The Soapbox: Piper On “Orange Is The New Black” Is The Poster Girl For Privilege

It’s safe to say that Netflix’s latest original series, "Orange is the New Black," is nothing short of binge-worthy. I devoured the entire first season in under 96 hours (seriously). Groundbreaking on many levels, the show openly displays queer female sexuality…
By: Lauren Rankin / August 6, 2013

Kickass Woman Of The Day: President Of The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences, Cheryl Boone Isaacs

The film industry is one that desperately lacks female influence, so Cheryl Boone Isaacs’ election as President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a particularly cool victory. In its 86-year history, the Academy has only had two other female presidents — the most recent being almost 30 years ago. Cheryl Boone…
By: Mary Odell / August 4, 2013

DVD Cover For “The Sapphires” Puts Chris O’Dowd Front And Center, Aboriginal Women In The Background

"The Sapphires" is reportedly one of the very best films of the the year. It's won all kinds of awards! But the DVD cover is ... problematic. The flick stars Chris O'Dowd as the manager of a '60s girl group in Australia comprised of four Aboriginal women, including "Australian Idol" runner-up Jessica…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 2, 2013

Oprah Got Her Friends To Stop Using The N-Word

"You cannot be my friend and use that word around me. It shows my age, but I feel strongly about it. … I always think of the millions of people who heard that as their last word as they were hanging from a tree." -- Oprah Winfrey stars in the upcoming Lee Daniels film "The…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 1, 2013

How To Help Marissa Alexander, Jailed In Florida For Firing A Warning Shot At Her Abusive Husband

We haven't forgotten about Marissa Alexander, an African-American mother of three who fired a warning shot at a wall — not a person — to scare off her abusive husband. Her husband had a restraining order against her, yet she was sentenced in May to 20 years in prison. Did I mention she i…
By: Jessica Wakeman / July 31, 2013

Bananas Thrown At Cecile Kyenge, Italy’s First Black Minister

Cecile Kyenge, Italy's first-ever black minister, had bananas thrown at her at a political rally on Friday. Kyenge was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo but is now an Italian citizen. Last month, a right-wing politician called for Kyenge to be raped and then claimed it was a "joke." […
By: Jessica Wakeman / July 30, 2013

Paula Deen Called Her Black Cook Her “Soul Sister”

Paula Deen's longtime cook for her restaurant Lady & Sons, a black woman named Dora Charles, has come out with new allegations that Deen is just as racist as suspected. She called Charles her "soul sister," used racial slurs when speaking to staff, and wanted Charles to ring a dinner bell and yell,…
By: Jessica Wakeman / July 25, 2013

Girl Talk: I Refuse To Call Myself “Light-Skinned”

When you grow up in a relatively small town in suburban New Jersey, being the only person of color in your class, you’d understand why I had no idea that other members of my race consider me "light-skinned." Where I grew up, there was no such thing. You were either black, white, Spanish or Indian.
By: Terri Huggins / July 24, 2013

Forbidden Words: On Sex And Racial Slurs

We were walking down the street when Colin asked me if I'd ever feel comfortable saying that word. Colin — 24, biracial in the way that is still largely read as black — and me, a Jewish but let's be serious, white, girl on the edge of 30; and Colin wanting to know whether I,…
By: Lux Alptraum / July 22, 2013

Real Talk: Mothers Of Sons Respond To The George Zimmerman Verdict, Part 3

In the wake of George Zimmerman's not guilty verdict this past weekend, I wanted to gather a group of parents to discuss the jury decision as well as the larger impact of Trayvon Martin’s murder. I especially wanted to hear from fellow mothers of boys, in hopes of fostering dialogue about…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / July 19, 2013

Real Talk: Mothers Of Sons Respond To The George Zimmerman Verdict, Part 2

In the wake of George Zimmerman's not guilty verdict this past weekend, I wanted to gather a group of parents to discuss the jury decision as well as the larger impact of Trayvon Martin’s murder. I especially wanted to hear from fellow mothers of boys, in hopes of fostering dialogue about…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / July 18, 2013

Real Talk: Mothers Of Sons Respond To The George Zimmerman Verdict, Part 1

In the wake of George Zimmerman's not guilty verdict this past weekend, I wanted to gather a group of parents to discuss the jury decision as well as the larger impact of Trayvon Martin’s murder. I especially wanted to hear from fellow mothers of boys, in hopes of fostering dialogue about…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / July 17, 2013

The Soapbox: Mourning The Death Of Trayvon Martin & Reevaluating Racial Politics In America

As I sit in my living room, the familiar sound of rotating blades of a helicopter whoosh above me. I can hear them, hovering. They’re following the Oakland protestors who have taken to the streets outraged by the not guilty verdict in the trial of George Zimmerman. “No justice, no peace,” they shout…
By: Shanelle Matthews / July 16, 2013

Rachel Jeantel Remembers Trayvon Martin On “Piers Morgan Live”

Last night, Rachel Jeantel, Trayvon Martin's friend who was on the phone with him during the deadly confrontation with George Zimmerman, appeared on CNN with Piers Morgan to discuss Zimmerman's hugely controversial acquittal. When asked if she believed — as the jury apparently did — that Zimmerman acted in self-defense by shooting the…
By: Jessica Wakeman / July 16, 2013

The Days After: Reacting To The Trayvon Martin & George Zimmerman Verdict

On Saturday night, a jury in Florida found George Zimmerman, the man who killed 17-year-old unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin, not guilty of second-degree murder and manslaughter. In the past couple of days, the country has been deeply polarized and emotionally affected by the verdict. I will leave the editorializing to others; as far…
By: Jessica Wakeman / July 15, 2013
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