- Lena Dunham has finally tweeted a response about comedian Lisa Lampanelli’s use of the N-word in a TwitPic caption of the two ladies this Thursday. I believe Lena when she says that she would never use the racial slur herself – and I realize she didn’t use the word in this — but I think it’s lame she took so long to respond to it. [Gossip Cop]
- Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z’s summer tour will officially be this summer’s most coveted tickets! [Tabloid Prodigy]
- Six mindblowing Craigslist “Missed Connections” from the nation’s modern day tunnel of love, Walmart. [Racked]
- Watch Chelsea Clinton’s pro-marriage equality PSA! [Queerty]
- How in God’s name did Courtney Stodden weasel her way into an Oscars gifting suite? [PopDust] Keep reading »
Tag Archives: race
- I totally want to see the 2012 documentary film called “Seeking Asian Female” about so-called “yellow fever” explores what Asian women really think about Western men. [AskMen]
- Why a wedding at home, while cheaper than renting a venue, could actually be a huge mistake. [Hello Beautiful]
- How to ask your partner to experiment with kink! [Em & Lo]
- 12 ways to have lazy sex (that are still really hot). [iVillage]
- This chick was propositioned for sex at Disney World. [The Gloss] Keep reading »
Like everyone else in the country with excellent taste and a belly full of adult beverages, I very much enjoyed Beyoncé’s half-time performance at the Super Bowl on Sunday. I loved her all-woman band, particularly Bibi McGill’s spark-shooting axe. I loved the Destiny’s Child reunion. I loved that my Beyoncé half-time BINGO card included a square for “killing it,” which I ticked off within seconds of the show’s start.
And yet, my reaction to her post-halftime announcement of the upcoming “Mrs. Carter Show” tour was not to cheer her on in a post-feminist choose-your-choice fist-pump, but to huff: “Call me when Jay-Z goes on a Mr. Knowles tour.”
Why does the most powerful woman pop star in the world want, or need, to remind everyone she’s married? What does a Mrs. moniker have with her ability to sing, dance and write songs? And no, the name issue isn’t what gets me. I’m not raising a figurative eyebrow at “Carter,” I’m raising a figurative eyebrow at “Mrs.” Keep reading »
Once upon a time, I inadvertently started a cosplay race war on Tumblr. Whoops.
So, here’s the deal: I’m a cosplayer. If you don’t already know one of us in person, (and you probably do) (WE’RE EVERYWHERE) you’ve probably seen people like me on the news — all dolled up in a rainbow of face paint and eye popping wigs, 50 shades of spandex and skyscraper shoes, for the sake of expressing love for and bringing our favorite characters to life at sci-fi, comic book, video game and anime conventions.
Since I started cosplaying in 2008, I’ve traveled the country, hitting up as many cons as financially possible. all the while making incredible friends, unforgettable memories and lugging hard-to-get-through-airport-security props along the way. (Have you ever tried to fly with a dress made out of plastic bubbles? Fun fact — YOU CAN’T. But you can ship it to your hotel!)
Here’s the second deal: I’m also black. Which is fine by most everyone, until I have the audacity to cosplay a character who isn’t. Keep reading »
When we sat down to record our “I Always Wanted To Ask” video series with Madame Noire, we discovered that there were a couple of questions we had for each other that kind of overlapped, including on the topic of hair. Veronica, Brande and Victoria wanted to know whether we, as white women, care about our hair as much as they, as Black women, care about theirs. We wanted to know more about the politics behind Black hair, like wearing weaves or using relaxers versus wearing their hair natural. Check out our chat above and share your questions and comments below!
I Always Wanted To Ask: The Frisky & Madame Noire Tackle White Privilege And Diversifying Friendship Circles
This may be my favorite episode so far in our “I Always Wanted To Ask” series, which features the staff at Madame Noire — Brande, Veronica and Victoria — answering the questions we always wanted to ask Black women, and The Frisky staff answering the questions they always wanted to ask white women. In this episode, we talk about whether white women think about race, and white privilege, as much as they do. Also, we discuss the issue of diversity in — and diversifying — our friendship circles. It’s a good one, so check out the video above and weigh in with your thoughts and experiences in the comments!
I am so so so stoked to have you guys watch the second episode of “I Always Wanted To Ask,” the video series we did in collaboration with the fantastic women of Madame Noire. The series features The Frisky staff answering the questions they always wanted to ask white women, and Madame Noire’s staff — Brande, Veronica and Victoria — answering the questions we always wanted to ask Black women. Our first episode focused on interracial dating, but this episode gets a little heavier: the women of Madame Noire wanted to know, “Why are some white people hell-bent on using the n-word?” Check out the episode above and please weigh in with your thoughts on the topic in the comments!
- Did Oxygen actually listen to their viewers? Sources say the network is canceling the program “All My Babies’ Mamas” about the rapper Shawty Lo and the 10 women who’ve fathered his 11 children, following a petition alleging the program is offensive and racist. However, an Oxygen rep told AllHipHop.com the rumor is “simply untrue” and the show is still in development. Sigh. [Madame Noire, AllHipHop]
- Lance Armstrong will supposedly admit to doping in the Tour de France in his upcoming interview with Oprah Winfrey. [Stupid Celebrities]
- Seven sex moves guys do that women hate. [Modern Man]
- First look at Olivia Wilde’s engagement ring from Jason Sudeikis! [Socialite Life]
About a month ago, I received an interesting proposition from a fellow editor at a women’s website called Madame Noire. Would The Frisky staff like to participate in an exchange where the editors of Madame Noire (all Black women) would ask us he questions they’d always wanted to ask white women, and vice versa. (The idea came from a similar exchange on the site VerySmartBrothas.com.) All of us were immediately psyched for the opportunity to talk honestly about race, a subject that is often rife with discomfort, and to see what we could learn from each other as a result. What originally was going to be a written post evolved into a video shoot, which went on way longer than any of us planned because we could not stop talking, and as result, we have the first in a multi-part series of episodes called “I Always Wanted To Ask…” This first episode focuses specifically on interracial dating. Before you watch, get to know the awesome women from Madame Noire, Brande, Veronica and Victoria, after the jump — and be sure to check out their site! We look forward to hearing what you think so please share your thoughts in the comments! Keep reading »
- Last week, ESPN sportscaster Jemele Hill, who is black, shared on Twitter a horrifically racist and sexist letter that she received from a viewer. It’s pretty fucking awful. [Clutch Magazine, Huffington Post]
- I don’t even want to know about a “bulimia machine.” [Jezebel]
- Alabama State Rep. Patricia Todd, who is openly gay, introduced a bill that would repeal the inclusion of an anti-gay curriculum, which teaches that homosexuality is “unacceptable,” in the state’s public schools. [Human Rights Campaigns]
- Students involved in the Steubenville “rape crew” — who raped an unconscious teen girl, took pictures, and bragged about it in a chilling video — are now seeing their college prospects falter. [Atlantic Wire] Keep reading »