Posts tagged "racism"

Oprah’s “Fat,” So Racism Can’t Be That Bad, Says Rush Limbaugh

While recently shopping in Zurich, Switzerland, a shop clerk refused to show Oprah Winfrey a purse because it was “too expensive.” But Rush Limbaugh wants to assure us all that this didn’t happen because of racism against Black women, but because Oprah is “fat.” [Media Matters For America]
Corporate lobbyists representing Macy’s and…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 9, 2013

The Soapbox: On The Forgotten Women Of “Fruitvale Station”

Everything you’ve heard about “Fruitvale Station” is true. The biopic, which won the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award for U.S. dramatic film at Sundance, explores the final day in the life of Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old Black man from Oakland who was shot and killed by a BART officer on New Year’s Day i…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 8, 2013

The Soapbox: Piper On “Orange Is The New Black” Is The Poster Girl For Privilege

It’s safe to say that Netflix’s latest original series, “Orange is the New Black,” is nothing short of binge-worthy. I devoured the entire first season in under 96 hours (seriously). Groundbreaking on many levels, the show openly displays queer female sexuality and features a uniquely complex portrayal of a black transgender woman (played by the…

By: Lauren Rankin / August 6, 2013

Day Above Ground’s “Asian Girlz” Needs No Commentary

May I present to you the most WTF music video ever made for the month of July. Day Above Ground’s “Asian Girlz.” Girlz with a “z” because “s” isn’t gangsta enough. Imagine if 311 and Nickelback had sex. This band would be its gay love child.

In the first three seconds, you come to…

By: The Blemish / August 5, 2013

Kickass Woman Of The Day: President Of The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences, Cheryl Boone Isaacs

The film industry is one that desperately lacks female influence, so Cheryl Boone Isaacs’ election as President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a particularly cool victory. In its 86-year history, the Academy has only had two other female presidents — the most recent being almost 30 years ago. Cheryl Boone…

By: Mary Odell / August 4, 2013

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

“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 o…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 2, 2013

Oprah Got Her Friends To Stop Using The N-Word

“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…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 1, 2013

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

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…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 31, 2013

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

Cecile Kyenge, Italy’s first-ever black minister, had bananas thrown at her at a political rally on Friday. Kyenge was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo but is now an Italian citizen. Last month, a right-wing politician called for Kyenge to be raped and then claimed it was a “joke.” [Feminist.org]
An eighth…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 30, 2013

Paula Deen Called Her Black Cook Her “Soul Sister”

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…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 25, 2013

Forbidden Words: On Sex And Racial Slurs

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,…

By: Lux Alptraum / July 22, 2013

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

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,…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / July 19, 2013

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

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 mother…

By: Avital Norman Nathman / July 19, 2013

The Stupid, It Burns: Racists Upset That Marc Anthony Sang “God Bless America” At 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 a…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / July 19, 2013

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

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 mother…

By: Avital Norman Nathman / July 18, 2013

Real Talk: Mothers Of Sons Respond To The George Zimmerman Verdict, Part 1

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 mother…

By: Avital Norman Nathman / July 17, 2013

My Brother Wears A Hoodie Every Day, So I Am Afraid

Whenever issues of young Black masculinity become part of the national discourse, I often make reference to my little brother. As I am not yet a mother, he is my benchmark for how the world treats young Black male bodies. At 25 years old he is 6’2, slender, fair-skinned with a small bit of facial…

By: Hello Beautiful / July 16, 2013

The Soapbox: Mourning The Death Of Trayvon Martin & Reevaluating Racial Politics In America

As I sit in my living room, the familiar sound of rotating blades of a helicopter whoosh above me. I can hear them, hovering. They’re following the Oakland protestors who have taken to the streets outraged by the not guilty verdict in the trial of George Zimmerman. “No justice, no peace,” they shout as they…

By: Shanelle Matthews / July 16, 2013

Rachel Jeantel Remembers Trayvon Martin On “Piers Morgan Live”

Last night, Rachel Jeantel, Trayvon Martin’s friend who was on the phone with him during the deadly confrontation with George Zimmerman, appeared on CNN with Piers Morgan to discuss Zimmerman’s hugely controversial acquittal. When asked if she believed — as the jury apparently did — that Zimmerman acted in self-defense by shooting the 17-year-old unarmed…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 16, 2013

Juror B37 Thinks Zimmerman’s “Heart Was In The Right Place”

Juror B37, one of the six female jurors on the George Zimmerman trial — and a woman who purportedly hates the media — appeared on “Anderson Cooper Live” last night to discuss the case and the “not guilty” verdict the jury reached.

But before we get to that, let’s start with the things Juror B37 said…

By: Julie Gerstein / July 16, 2013
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