Posts tagged "racism"

Who Will Buy The Insanely Priced Pieces From Jay Z’s Barneys Collection?

The seemingly innocuous topic of Jay Z’s limited edition holiday collection in collaboration with Barneys turned rife with controversy in the past few weeks after the upscale NYC department store was accused of two separate racial profiling incidents in the last month alone. Everyone from Jon Stewart to Andre Leon Talley criticized the hip-hop mogul’…

Rachel Krause / December 3, 2013

GOP Tweets That Racism Has Ended, Twitter Hashtag Says Otherwise

Hey guys, great news. According to a tweet posted to the GOP’s official Twitter account — acknowledging the 58th anniversary of Rosa Parks’ refusal to move to the back of the bus in Birmingham, Alabama — racism has ended. I’m not sure when it happened, but it must have been recently. I was in Pennsylvania…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / December 1, 2013

Kramer From “Seinfeld” Explains That Racist Meltdown He Had While Doing Standup

“I wasn’t getting much work before the incident, which was one of the reasons I was ding-donging around in those clubs late at night, unannounced — coming in and working on material. I thought I would try to re­invent myself. … What happened in the club? Oh, that’ll never happen again. I know how to behave,…

Jessica Wakeman / November 28, 2013

EBONY Declares Today #NationalAfroDay In Honor Of Vanessa Van Dyke

Earlier this week, we fell in love with 12-year-old badass Vanessa Van Dyke (and her supportive momma!) for not letting her private school enforce racist beauty standards on her hair. The Orlando, Florida, student complained about bullying from students over her Afro and school administrators responded by demanding that Vanessa straighten or cut her Black…

Jessica Wakeman / November 27, 2013

Blackface Solange Knowles Costume Doesn’t Go Over So Well For White French Elle Editor

Elle France beauty editor Jeanne Deroo has learned the hard way that, nope, dressing up in blackface to “honor” your favorite musician, Solange Knowles, isn’t okay.

Jessica Wakeman / November 26, 2013

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…

Jessica Wakeman / 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…

Jessica Wakeman / November 22, 2013

The Soapbox: The Disconnect Between Black Feminism And Gay Activism

I am a black woman and my best friend is a gay man. He came out to me the summer between our senior year of high school and our freshman year of college.

“I really need to tell you something,” he began, while driving us home from our summer job at the local…

Tiffanie Drayton / 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…

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…

Jessica Wakeman / November 18, 2013

All Proceeds From Jay Z’s Barney’s Collab Will Now Go To His Foundation

Jay Z is doing everything he can to hold onto his potentially highly lucrative collaboration with Barney’s, even after the hoity-toity department store came under fire for two racial profiling incidents in the last month. Many has encouraged Jay Z to bow out of the deal, including Vogue’s Andre Leon Talley, who told The New York

Amelia McDonell-Parry / 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 thi…

Jessica Wakeman / November 15, 2013

Prosecutors Charge Theodore Wafer, The Man Who Killed Renisha McBride, With 2nd Degree Murder

Perhaps there will be justice for Renisha McBride after all. Detroit prosecutors have officially decided to charge Theodore P. Wafer, 54 (above left), with second-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of 19-year-old McBride. The young women knocked on Wafer’s door the evening of November 2nd, likely looking for help after she allegedly got in a…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / November 15, 2013

4 Bigots Using ‘Science’ to Further Their Dumb Theories

For centuries, science and intolerance have been natural enemies, as ideas like “everyone who isn’t me is a subpar crap smear” don’t really stand up to scrutiny.
But nowadays, some of the most backward-thinking people on the planet are finally embracing the wonderful world of science, only to twist it beyond recognition in order to…

Cracked / November 14, 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…

Jessica Wakeman / November 13, 2013

NYPD Allegedly Forces Man To Rap To Avoid Arrest

The New York Police Department allegedly forced Quinshon Shingles to rap in order to avoid arrest, and now the 27-year-old aspiring rapper is filing a lawsuit, reports ABC7.com.
Shingles, whose rap moniker is “Sauce Da Boss,” said NYPD Officer David Grieco and Detective Joseph Patton unlawfully entered his cousin’s home and handcuffed him. Once they learned that he was a…

Hello Beautiful / November 11, 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…

Jessica Wakeman / November 11, 2013

Dater X: Dating Outside Your Race When You Have A Racist Parent

When I arrived at work the other day, there was an unread message in my inbox from a coworker with the subject line “Would It Be Weird If…”

I clicked on the message, eager to discover the second half of her cliffhanger. The email said:
Would it be weird if I tried…

Dater X 2.0 / November 6, 2013

Laverne Cox Wasn’t Offended By Julianne Hough’s Blackface, Says It Was “Ignorance”

“I wasn’t offended. I thought it was a shame that she is in this country, that she would wear blackface and not understand the historical implications of that. I don’t think Julianne is making a specific informed choice to comment on blackness. I just think it’s out of this ignorance. That’s really sad.”
I really…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / October 29, 2013

There Was A Lot Of Blackface At This Africa-Themed Halloween Party

I mean, really. I think I have written “blackface” more in the last few days than I have in the last year. Just because it’s Halloween doesn’t make it any less offensive and racist, people! Alright, so I suppose one shouldn’t be surprised that when some fashion-industry dimwit throws a costume party called “Disco Africa,”…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / October 28, 2013
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