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

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“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 Mauboy. Based on real events, “The Sapphires” is a love story that also tackles the racism these women faced in their native Australia. Alas, the U.S./Canada DVD cover for the film (above) plops O’Dowd front and center while the four women — their darker skin tones appearing blue along with the graphic design — smaller, behind him in the background. Keep reading »

Oprah Got Her Friends To Stop Using The N-Word

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Madame Noire asks why some white people want to say the n-word so bad. Read More »
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“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 Butler,” about a Black man who works in the White House, and explained in an interview with Parade how she got Daniels to stop saying the N-word, as he put it, “quite a bit.” I don’t think Oprah’s opinion about that slur are showing her age; instead they show her commitment to social justice. Elsewhere in the interview, she is asked about what young people know about the civil rights movement today: “They don’t know diddly-squat. Diddly-squat!” [Parade] [Image via Fame/Flynet]

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

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Marissa Alexander of FL sentenced 20 years for firing warning shot. Read More »
  • 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 is from Florida? You know, the state that just let a man who killed an unarmed black teenage boy walk free? Courtesy of Feministing, here are eight things you can do right now to help Marissa Alexander fight this bullshit. [Feministing]
  • Women of color and feminism: a history lesson and a way forward. [RH Reality Check]
  • Female legislators from the Texas House and Senate tell tales of their male colleagues hitting on staffers, openly ogling, and watching porn on iPads and state-owned computers. [Texas Observer] Keep reading »

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

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Paula Deen Called Her Black Cook Her “Soul Sister”

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  • 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, “Come and get it!” to customers. (Charles refused.) [NY Times]
  • California police said Amanda Bynes won’t be charged for a crime, despite trespassing and committing arson in a stranger’s driveway. She is currently being held on a 5051 psychiatric hold and her parents are allegedly applying for conservatorship. [TMZ]
  • So sad: Cory Monteith was planning a birthday surprise for Lea Michele before he died from an overdose on heroin. [US Weekly]
  • Jason Sudeikis confirmed he is gone from “Saturday Night Live.” Bummer, dude. [People] Keep reading »

Forbidden Words: On Sex And Racial Slurs

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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, with my intelligent, progressive world view, would ever say that one word that white people are not allowed to say.

I paused before responding. “Well,” I said finally, “on the one hand, I think that words on their own are completely meaningless, and only ‘offensive’ because we, as a society, imbue them with meaning and power. On the other hand, I understand the painful history behind that word, and I don’t think that arguing for my supposed right to be able to say it is a battle worth fighting.”

“Have you ever said it?” he asked.

I had. Years before, as a younger and more naive me working at an after school program serving low-income (and predominantly Black and Latino) high school students, I’d said it during a class. I forget the point I’d been trying to make; but I remember assuming the affect of one of my students and saying that word, though, of course, with a soft a at the end. The stunned, uncomfortable silence that resulted was enough to deter me from ever saying it again.

“Yeah,” I said. “And I didn’t feel good about it.” Keep reading »

Obama On Trayvon Martin: “He Could Have Been Me 35 Years Ago”

"Trayvon Martin Could Have Been Me."

Beginning less than an hour ago, President Barack Obama held a impromptu press conference in the briefing room to share his thoughts about the death of Trayvon Martin and the not guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman trial. (This is on top of the brief statement he released earlier this week.) For nearly 17 minutes, the President gave what I would call an extraordinary and unprecedented speech that touched on the verdict itself, the need to review Stand Your Ground laws, and what it’s like to be a black boy/man in America, going one step further than he has in the past by saying, “Trayvon Martin could have been me.” I am so glad to see our President address this in such a thoughtful, nuanced way, especially given how many people would like to believe that his Presidency is indicative that we live in a “post-racial” world. You can watch the full briefing above (in two parts) and read a few of his most notable quotes after the jump. Keep reading »

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

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Amelia's response to the Trayvon Martin verdict. Read More »
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Racial Politics
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Racial politics in America need a good, hard look. Read More »
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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 how we as mothers can move forward given what happened. I gathered an incredible group of women and over the next couple of days, I welcome you to read our conversation. Part one of our conversation ran on Wednesdaypart two ran yesterday, and this piece is the conclusion.

The participants:

  • Jamila Bey hosts the radio program, “The Sex Politics And Religion Hour: SPAR with Jamila.” The show can be heard in NYC, DC, Miami and Chicago and online. Find her on Twitter.
  • Sarah Werthan Buttenwieser is a writer living in Western Massachusetts. Find her on Twitter.
  • Carolyn Edgar is a lawyer, writer and single mother of two who publishes the blog CarolynEdgar.com. Her work has been featured in a variety of outlets, including Huffington Post and CNN.com. Follow her on Twitter.
  • Denene Millner is a New York Times-bestselling author of 21 books and the founder and editor of MyBrownBaby.com, a blog that measures the intersection parenting and race.
  • Shay Stewart-Bouley is a non-profit administrator, freelance columnist who writes on issues relating to diversity for the Portland Phoenix, and blogger at BlackGirlInMaine.com where she muses on race, motherhood and middle age.

Read on, after the jump: Keep reading »

The Stupid, It Burns: Racists Upset That Marc Anthony Sang “God Bless America” At All-Star Game

Racial Politics
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Racial politics in America need a good, hard look. Read More »
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Racists Upset That Marc Anthony Sang "God Bless America" At The All-Star Game

Today in “Oh my god, please stop, you’re embarrassing yourself” news: racists are apparently upset that Marc Anthony was asked to sing “God Bless America” at this week’s MLB All-Star Game because, they claim, he’s not even American. While Anthony sang the patriotic tune on Tuesday, racists with Twitter accounts went off, referring to the singer as “unAmerican” and “a Mexican,” along with various racial slurs. Keep reading »

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

Racial Politics
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Racial politics in America need a good, hard look. Read More »
Rachel Jeantel Speaks Out
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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 how we as mothers can move forward given what happened. I gathered an incredible group of women and over the next couple of days, I welcome you to read our conversation. Part one of our conversation ran yesterday and the conclusion will run tomorrow.

The participants:

  • Jamila Bey hosts the radio program, “The Sex Politics And Religion Hour: SPAR with Jamila.” The show can be heard in NYC, DC, Miami and Chicago and online. Find her on Twitter.
  • Sarah Werthan Buttenwieser is a writer living in Western Massachusetts. Find her on Twitter.
  • Carolyn Edgar is a lawyer, writer and single mother of two who publishes the blog CarolynEdgar.com. Her work has been featured in a variety of outlets, including Huffington Post and CNN.com. Follow her on Twitter.
  • Denene Millner is a New York Times-bestselling author of 21 books and the founder and editor of MyBrownBaby.com, a blog that measures the intersection parenting and race.
  • Shay Stewart-Bouley is a non-profit administrator, freelance columnist who writes on issues relating to diversity for the Portland Phoenix, and blogger at BlackGirlInMaine.com where she muses on race, motherhood and middle age.

Read on, after the jump: Keep reading »

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