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NYPD Accused Of Using A Chokehold On Pregnant Black Woman

This weekend, police in Brooklyn, New York, busted some folks who were grilling on the sidewalk — which, I didn’t know until reading this New York Daily News article, is…

Jessica Wakeman | July 28, 2014 - 5:30 pm

Frisky Rant: The Real Problem With Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” Cover Art & Her “Black Jezebel” Brand

Last week, Nicki Minaj released the artwork for her new single “Anaconda,” featuring the rapper in a squat position with her large posterior aimed directly at viewers. The image was…

Tiffanie Drayton | July 28, 2014 - 11:30 am

Zoe Saldana On Being Successful As A Woman Of Color In Hollywood: “My Balls Are Pretty Big”

“I don’t want to spend my life thinking about all the impossibilities I face when I wake up in the morning. But the reality is, I’m a woman of color…

Jessica Wakeman | July 27, 2014 - 10:00 am

The Soapbox: I Will March For Eric Garner — But Black Male Sexism Must Also Be Addressed

I recently read a piece written by Kimberly Foster titled “Why I Will Not March For Eric Garner.” The author plainly states her argument: she refuses to rally in support…

Tiffanie Drayton | July 25, 2014 - 1:00 pm

15 Of The Most Outrageously Stupid Responses To The “Dear White People” Movie Trailer (And Smart Responses To Them)

A new film called “Dear White People” swept accolades at the Sundance Film Festival and is making its way to theaters this fall. To market the comedy, a trailer was…

Tiffanie Drayton | July 24, 2014 - 10:00 am

Real Talk: On Debra Harrell’s Arrest, Motherhood & Race

In last week’s Mommie Dearest column, I wrote about Debra Harrell, a South Carolina mother who was arrested for “abandoning” her nine-year-old daughter at a park while she worked at…

Avital Norman Nathman | July 23, 2014 - 1:00 pm

The Soapbox: On Who Is Deserving Of The Benefit Of The Doubt & Why Black Women Choose Abortion

A world without abortion is unsustainable for Black women. The barriers that exist to basic healthcare make it a fundamental necessity to have the constitutional right and unobstructed access to…

Shanelle Matthews | July 19, 2014 - 12:00 pm

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…

Tiffanie Drayton | July 18, 2014 - 11:00 am

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…

Jessica Wakeman | July 14, 2014 - 5:30 pm

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…

Hannah Giorgis | July 9, 2014 - 1:00 pm

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…

Hannah Giorgis | July 4, 2014 - 10:00 am

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…

Tiffanie Drayton | July 2, 2014 - 2:00 pm

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…

Claire Hannum | June 30, 2014 - 7:00 pm

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.

Jessica Wakeman | June 20, 2014 - 12:30 pm

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…

Jessica Wakeman | June 12, 2014 - 6:30 pm

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…

Tiffanie Drayton & Joshua McCarther | June 12, 2014 - 2:30 pm

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…

Jessica Wakeman | June 5, 2014 - 3:00 pm

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…

Jessica Wakeman | June 5, 2014 - 10:00 am

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…

Jessica Wakeman | June 4, 2014 - 7:00 pm

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…

Tiffanie Drayton | June 4, 2014 - 11:00 am
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