Posts tagged "racism"

Julie Chen Got Plastic Surgery To Look Less Asian Due To Racial Pressures

Julie Chen got plastic surgery to look less Asian after blatant racial pressures from her agent and co-workers jeopardized her success. I read this story this morning and was brought to tears because it is so effing depressing and obviously, Julie Chen isn’t the first or last Asian woman to experience this crap! Read more

College Candy / September 12, 2013

Remember That Time Marc Jacobs Made The Same T-Shirt As A Neo-Nazi Skinhead Band?

Fashion tip number one: before you decide to go ahead and emblazon a Cool, Edgy Symbol on a $70 T-shirt, why not use the fine resource known as this here Internet to confirm that it hasn’t already been claimed by a white power rock band, you know, just to play it safe? Come on, Marc…

Rachel Krause / September 11, 2013

Tyra Banks Tries Whiteface To Pay Homage To Her Fellow Model Idols

Did you forget about Tyra Banks for five seconds? Because she’s got a plan to make herself talked about once more. The “America’s Next Top Model” host and smize-ing overlord created a series of photos for photographer Udo Spreitzenbarth’s exhibition, Tyra Banks Presents: 15, in which Tyra “transforms” herself into several iconic models — Kate Moss and…

Julie Gerstein / September 9, 2013

RIP Society: 8-Year-Old Black Boy In Texas Shot In Face By White Man While Playing Tag

An eight-year-old boy in Dallas, Texas, was shot in the face on Tuesday in yet another horrific act of gun violence. Donald Maiden, Jr. was allegedly playing tag around an apartment complex when he was shot by 46-year-old Brian Cloninger. Police “have not been able to determine a motive,” Raw Story reported. Cloninger, who wa…

Jessica Wakeman / September 6, 2013

Fashion Loves A Good Egregious Native American-Inspired Headdress

When will fashion finally catch on to the fact that cultural appropriation is not style inspiration, it’s flat-out racism? At this rate, probs never. The latest offender is Nicholas K, who walked this headdress look down the runway just a few hours ago on the first day of New York Fashion Week. How many time…

The Frisky / September 5, 2013

Tulsa School Sends 7-Year-Old Home From School Because Afros, Dreadlocks Are “Unacceptable”

What kind of racist bullshit is this?! A charter school in Tulsa, Oklahoma, sent a seven-year-old Black girl named Tiana Parker home from school because her dreadlocks were considered “unacceptable.”

But dreads aren’t the only  hairstyle that’s not A-OK with Deborah Brown Community School: according to Raw Story, the school policy states that…

Jessica Wakeman / September 4, 2013

The Soapbox: On “Big Brother,” Racism & Scapegoating

On last night’s episode of “Big Brother,” 22-year-old Aaryn Gries was given the boot by her fellow houseguests and, as is customary, sat down for her live post-show interview with host Julie Chen. Over the past two-and-a-half months, Aryan Aaryn, as she’s jokingly been called online, has said a number of offensive and ignorant thing…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / August 30, 2013

Today Is National Topless Day — Are You Celebrating?

Today is the fourth annual National Topless Day, a boobs-out holiday of sorts where we commemorate the day women earned the right to vote — August 26, 1920 — by going topless.  [NY Daily News]
It’s also known as Women’s Equality Day, if you’re not into the whole “flashing the audience” thing. [Feministing]…

Julie Gerstein / August 26, 2013

The Soapbox: Is “Orange Is The New Black” Entertainment Or Education?

Everybody has feelings about Jenji Kohan’s “Orange is the New Black.” I have all the feelings. Since the show’s debut, we’ve tossed opinions back-and-forth about the cast of characters and the powerfully written narratives that reveal the unseen lives of American’s imprisoned women. But of the many conversations that have surfaced, the most discernible for…

Shanelle Matthews / August 20, 2013

“Harriet Tubman Sex Tape” Parody Posted To Russell Simmons’ All Def Digital YouTube Page, Is Removed Following Backlash

If you’ve been on Twitter in the last 24 hours, you might have noticed something interesting — “Harriet Tubman” is trending. Why? The famous abolitionist, who escaped from slavery and then helped over 300 other slaves escape using the Underground Railroad, was the subject of a “spoof” video that was posted to Russell Simmons’ new All…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / August 15, 2013

Oprah “Sorry” For Naming Switzerland In Racism Allegations

Oprah Winfrey apologized Monday for the media firestorm that resulted after she said she experienced racism first-hand while shopping in Switzerland.
“I think that incident in Switzerland was just an incident in Switzerland. I’m really sorry that it got blown up. I purposefully did not mention the name of the store. I’m sorry that I…

Celebuzz / August 13, 2013

The Soapbox: On #SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen; Feminism Is Not Black And White

The Internet exploded in feminist calamity yesterday over the racist, sexist, patriarchal, abuse-laden behavior of Hugo Schwyzer, an allegedly a self-described* mentally ill (former) professor of women’s studies at Pasadena City College. Schwyzer divulged information that is classically tucked away behind the buttressed walls of systemic white privilege. Anecdotally, it’s akin to the ENRON scandal, the…

Shanelle Matthews / August 13, 2013

Judge Drops Racial Discrimination Claims Against Paula Deen

A Georgia judge threw out racial discrimination complaints against Paula Deen by a former employee, Lisa Jackson. Sexual harassment claims against Deen and her brother Bubba Hiers from the same lawsuit still exist. [People, TMZ]
Casey Wilson from “Happy Endings” and “Saturday Night Live” and June Diane Raphael from “Burning Love” have landed…

Jessica Wakeman / August 12, 2013

The Soapbox: Natural Hair, Like Recycling, Is Not A Lifestyle Choice For Everyone

For the last several years, natural hair “trends” have been on the rise for African-American and other women in the U.S. Just last week, Oprah graced the cover of O Magazine donning an enormous Afro, much bigger than the one she wore in the late ’70s when she first started on primetime. Oprah’s gesture pay…

Shanelle Matthews / August 12, 2013

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…

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…

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…

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 the realizatio…

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…

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…

Jessica Wakeman / August 2, 2013
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