Posts tagged "racism"

Paula Deen Fired From The Food Network

The Food Network announced it will not renew Paula Deen's contract for the end of the month following the gigantic racism shitstorm that's been brewing all week. You can watch the extended cut of Deen's disastrous apology video over at Buzzfeed; the edited version has been yanked offline for some…
By: Jessica Wakeman / June 21, 2013

Paula Deen Has Officially Jumped The Racism Shark

“The whole entire waiter staff was middle-aged black men, and they had on beautiful white jackets with a black bow tie. I mean, it was really impressive. That restaurant represented a certain era in America … after the Civil War, during the Civil War, before the Civil War … It was not only black men,…
By: Julie Gerstein / June 19, 2013

Talib Kweli Talks About White Male Privilege In Hip Hop

Even Talib Kweli is, like, damn, that's a cold-ass honky ... Appearing this week on Vlad TV (aka "the TMZ of hip hop"), the Brooklyn-born rapper was asked about white privilege in hip hop. Specifically, how being Caucasian can help some artists, like Mac Miller, make it to #1 on the charts. Kweli gave he…
By: Jessica Wakeman / June 6, 2013

A Guide For Dealing With Casual Racism

I am biracial, borne of a Taiwanese mother and American father. My features are decidedly not Caucasian, but hard to pin down to one specific category, a tiny frustration that gets at the heart of humans, because subconsciously, we all live to categorize. I deal with a host of questions pertaining to my background from…
By: Megan Reynolds / May 22, 2013

Zoe Saldana: “There Is No Such Thing As People Of Color”

"I find it uncomfortable to have to speak about my identity all of the time, when in reality it’s not something that drives me or wakes me up out of bed everyday. I didn’t grow up in a household where I was categorized by my mother. I was just Zoe and I could have and…
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 17, 2013

The Soapbox: I Don’t Want Your Yellow Fever

As a kid, I was used to standing out for lots of reasons, like my "Star Wars" obsession or the black eyeliner and vampire chic that made up my high school wardrobe. I never expected my race to be one of those reasons. I grew up as an Asian-American among Asian-Americans, so I certainly wasn’t…
By: Kelly Kanayama / May 10, 2013

Some Feminists Are Upset About The Onion’s Piece On Chris Brown Beating Rihanna To Death

Yesterday, we, and many, many others, breathed a sigh of relief when Chris Brown told a radio station that he and Rihanna had once again broken up. (They're both too young for him to be "wife"-ing her, he said.) Humor site The Onion did their spin on the story today, penning the story…
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 7, 2013

Former Black Panther Assata Shakur Becomes First Woman On FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorist List

Assata Shakur, an ex member of the Black Panthers who escaped from prison and fled to Cuba in 1979, has officially been added to the FBI's Most Wanted Terrorist list, making her the first woman ever. Shakur -- born JoAnne Byron (married name Chesimard) -- was a member of the Black Panthers and the Black Liberatio…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / May 3, 2013

Yes, Blackface Is Still Offensive, Vogue Netherlands

You might have been sitting at your desk at work wondering to yourself, "Hmm, I wonder if it's a good idea now for fashion magazines to hire Caucasian fashion models and smear their faces in blackface paint." I am here now to put your mind at ease. No, it's still not a good idea.  You…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 18, 2013

Brad Paisley & LL Cool J’s Song “Accidental Racist” Is All Kinds Of WTF

The South. It's a beautiful but haunted kind of place, filled with the vestiges of the Civil War, slavery and romantic longing for a "different way of life." You may ask, "What does this Jewish girl living in Brooklyn know about the South?" but I actually lived there as a kid, in Fort Worth, Texas.
By: Julie Gerstein / April 8, 2013

Was Kerry Washington’s Skin Lightened On The Cover Of Entertainment Weekly?

Fresh off a week of the Internet wondering whether singer Indie.Arie lightened her skin on the artwork for her new single, there's a new Black woman looking awfully light-skinned. "Scandal" stars Kerry Washington and Tony Goldwyn posed in flagrante on the cover of this week's Entertainment Weekly and if you aren't distracted by…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 3, 2013

India.Arie Responds To Skin Bleaching Accusations: “I Have No Desire To Bleach Myself”

Has India.Arie been bleaching her dark skin to a lighter color?!?! That didn't sound right to me when tongues started wagging last week that the famously self-accepting singer behind the song "I Am Not My Hair" might have either used skin bleaching creams — which is notoriously terrible for…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 1, 2013

The Soapbox: It’s Impossible To “Not See Color,” No Matter What Kim Kardashian Says

As most people already know, the ubiquitous Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are expecting a baby. I'm happy for them. Unlike most people, I don't mind Kim Kardashian. She makes an obscene amount of money for being herself (or the version of herself she wants us to see). I'm someone who'd be happy to make…
By: Christiana Mbakwe / March 29, 2013

The Soapbox: Should White Women Be On The Cover Of ‘Black Magazines’?

The always-inquisitive Jada Pinkett-Smith recently posed a question that has many people scratching their heads and some folks outright upset. In short, she’s wondering if black women ask to be represented in mainstream media, on the covers of magazines like Vanity Fair, shouldn’t white women be represented on the covers of traditionally black…
By: Shanelle Matthews / March 26, 2013

Chanel Iman Talks Racism In Modeling Industry: “We Already Found One Black Girl”

Just in case you thought racism was over and solved forever, here's model Chanel Iman talking about how the fashion industry is not immune to the "one is enough" idea when it comes to diversity. "A few times I got excused by designers who told me ‘we already found one black girl. We don’t need…
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 15, 2013

The Soapbox: On Getting A Black “Bachelorette”

Pediatric dentist Dr. Misee Harris of Kentucky is petitioning to become the first ever Black "Bachelorette." This prospect means a lot is surfacing for me regarding the harmful stereotypes reinforced by women of color on reality television. How would she be received? If she did get an opportunity to be on the show and chose…
By: Shanelle Matthews / March 4, 2013

10 Things Every Non-Black Person Should Know (By Now) About Black Women

We’re more than a decade into the 21st century. I’d hoped -- in vain -- that some basic understandings of how non-Black people should interact with Black people could be something I could take for granted. But no. Somehow there are "those people" who remain entirely clueless, so much so that they will call a…
By: Demetria L. Lucas / March 1, 2013

Girl Bitten By A “Racist” Bull Terrier

When Sean Norman's bull terrier slipped into Pam Nkosi's yard and bit her seven-year-old daughter, she felt that it was an act of racism. "I feel that the dog is racist. The way it behaved. It shows that it was not familiar with other races," Nkosi said. Norman initially denied that his dog bit the…
By: Ami Angelowicz / February 26, 2013

Nope, Blackface Is Still A Terrible Idea, Fashion Industry

This spread in Numero magazine is a headscratcher. Why did they hire a white model and cover her in brown makeup instead of just hiring a brown-skinned model? Or is she supposed to be a white woman in Africa who is, for some reason, Tanning Mom-level tan? Numero likely knew that photographing a 16-year-old white…
By: Jessica Wakeman / February 26, 2013

The Soapbox: Lisa Lampanelli’s Racist Schtick Abuses The Art Of Comedy

Insult comedian Lisa Lampanelli has made headlines again – for all the wrong reasons. Last week during the Writers Guild Awards, she shamelessly tweeted a picture of she and HBO "Girls" producer and star, Lena Dunham captioned "Me with my Ni**a @LenaDunham of @HBOGirls – I love this beyotch!!" The interwebs erupted with…
By: Shanelle Matthews / February 25, 2013
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