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It Happened To Me: I Saw A White Girl On My Train And I’m Suddenly Feeling Uncomfortable With It

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On That White Woman Who Saw A A Black Woman At Yoga
Frisky Rant: On That White Woman Who Saw A Black Woman At Yoga And Wrote An Embarrassingly Tone Deaf Essay About It For xoJane
A response to an embarrassingly tone deaf essay. Read More »

The subway can be pretty crowded at night, especially coming into Brooklyn from Manhattan. We’re usually packed in like sardines before spilling out onto the platform in little clusters as we head deeper into the bowels of the borough. The scene was no different last Saturday night. After my evening of listening to raucous hip hop at a club, drinking my weight in malt liquor and tagging a few local businesses, I decided to head home. I was on the Brooklyn bound 3 train, ready to tuck into bed after a night of the blackest of black activities, when I saw her step onto the train at the Franklin Ave stop. Read more on The Gloss…

Frisky Rant: On That White Woman Who Saw A Black Woman At Yoga And Wrote An Embarrassingly Tone Deaf Essay About It For xoJane

Frisky Rant: On That White Woman Who Saw A Black Woman At Yoga And Wrote An Embarrassingly Tone Deaf Essay About It For xoJane

Oh for fuck’s sake, fine, I’ll respond to the click-baiting article about yoga on xoJane. A writer going by the name of Jen Caron (her real name, Jen Polachek, was removed as the byline following the backlash to her article) has written the following essay: “It Happened To Me: There Are No Black People In My Yoga Classes And I’m Suddenly Uncomfortable With It.” Caron is a self-described “skinny white girl” and what “happened to” her is a “fairly heavy black woman” attended her yoga class and seemingly had a difficult time with some of the poses. Obviously, Caron writes, the fat Black woman who isn’t as “good” at yoga must resent her, in all her skinny white yogic glory, and this (utterly imagined) racially-charged tension made Caron uncomfortable. But the discomfort, the ruined yoga class, was worth it because isn’t her essay about it brave and compassionate? Jen Caron cares.  Keep reading »

Rutgers Is Offering A Course Called “Politicizing Beyoncé”

  • The Women’s and Gender Studies Department at Rutgers University in New Jersey is offering a class called “Politicizing Beyoncé,” which uses the pop star as a lens to examine racial and sexual issues in America, particularly as they pertain to Black feminism. All students need to earn at least a “Bey” to pass the class. (Sorry, I couldn’t help myself.) [CBS Local]
  • Happy 10th anniversary to Janet Jackson’s Super Bowl “wardrobe malfunction”! [ESPN]
  • The Disney Channel introduced a pair of lesbian moms on the show “Good Luck Charlie,” its first-ever same-sex couple on the network. [Flavorwire] Keep reading »

Russian Socialite Dasha Zhukova Poses On Chair Made To Look Like A Black Woman [UPDATE]

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Update: A publicist for Dasha Zhukova has sent a statement which you can find after the jump.

If you thought that Sarah Palin telling President Obama on her Facebook page to stop “playing the race card” was the most tone-deaf and ignorant thing to happen on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, you are actually wrong. That prize goes to the Russian blog Buro 24/7, which published a photo of socialite/billionaire’s girlfriend Dasha Zhukova sitting on a chair made to look like a Black woman. Keep reading »

Black Gay Dads Post Adorable Instagram Photos With Kids, Are Inundated With Hateful Comments

Black gay dads Kordale and Kaleb recently found themselves inundated with hateful comments and messages when their Instagram account, featuring photos of the couple with their three kids, caught the attention of ignorant (and often racist) homophobes. Many of the hateful comments have since been deleted — and they’ve received an outpouring of support — but the experience prompted Kordale and Kaleb to submit the following statement to Huffington Post’s Gay Voices blog: Keep reading »

Madonna Posts Photo Of Son Rocco With Racist Hashtag, Calls Critics “Haters,” Then Asks For Forgiveness

Madonna Posts Photo Of Son Rocco With Racist Hashtag

Last night, Madonna posted the above photo to Instagram of 13-year-old son Rocco doing a little boxing. Her caption included the hashtag “#disnigga.” Nope, not cool, Madge. About 45 minutes later, she deleted the photo and reposted it, this time with the hashtag “#get off of my dick haters!” Yes, the many people who responded to Madonna’s original post and reminded her that it is NOT OKAY to use the n-word if you’re white, even if you dated Dennis Rodman, are just “haters.” Ugh, lady, you’re embarrassing yourself. In a statement to the Associated Press today, Madonna offered a contrite “Forgive me,” and, according to AP, said she’s not a racist, and that she did not mean to use the word as a slur but knows there is no way to defend its use. She said she used the word as a “term of endearment,” and that she’s sorry if it gave the wrong impression. [Defamer]

Did Vanity Fair Lighten “12 Years A Slave” Star Lupita Nyong’o's Skin?

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  • Vanity Fair has been accused of lightening “12 Years A Slave” actress Lupita Nyong’o's skin in photos (left). The skin color difference is drastically different! I find it hard to believe her skin just looks a lot lighter from the flash or lighting. [Clutch Magazine]
  • A Detroit man has plead not guilty to murdering an unarmed Black teen girl who knocked on his door looking for help. Theodore Wafer shot 19-year-old Renisha McBride through a screen door on November 2 after she came looking for help after a car crash. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »

The Soapbox: On Blackface, White Privilege & Why Distancing Myself From White People Doesn’t Make Me Racist

The Soapbox: On Blackface, White Privilege & Why Distancing Myself From White People Doesn't Make Me Racist

I am a 23-year-old black woman who, for a long time, tried to have discussions with white people about racism in America. I went to a white, liberal college in New York City where I thought such exchanges were welcomed. I actually believed there could be such a thing as a productive conversation on the matter, some type of engagement, a debate. I wrote speeches about the wealth gap between black and white families (a staggering $100,000 difference), the unforgivable incarceration rate of black men, the discriminatory education system. I even made a video about the misrepresentation and misuse of black women by pop culture and the media. Most of my revelations were met with silence and blank stares by my class of mostly white peers. Eventually the professor, typically a white man or woman, would clear his/her throat and ask, “Well, any questions for Tiffanie?” The students would whisper amongst themselves, but oddly, I was never asked to elaborate. It was understood, in their opinion, that I was the overly sensitive, angry black woman. The racist; a race baiter. Keep reading »

“How I Met Your Mother” Puts White Characters In Asian “Yellowface” [UPDATE]

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Kate Gosselin Makes Fun Of Asian People Despite Having 8 Asian Children
Kate Gosselin made a racist gesture, despite having eight Asian kids. Read More »
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Megan's guide to dealing with casual racism. Read More »
"Seeking Asian Female"
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A new documentary explores the phenomenon of "yellow fever." Read More »
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UPDATE, 1/16/14, 11a.m.: Commenters have pointed out to me that there were numerous errors in this post. I apologize for the errors and my ignorance on these differences.  

Last night’s episode of CBS’ “How I Met Your Mother” is under fire for the racist decision to depict three of its white characters in “yellowface” — that is, dressing up like they are Asian, in this case Japanese in this case Chinese.  Alyson Hannigan and Cobie Smulders both dressed in kimonos Chinese gowns, their hair pinned up geisha-style, and ate using chopsticks; Radnor wore a silk jacket and a long Fu Manchu mustache. There were fans, references to Shanghai and jokes about noodles.  Keep reading »

Disney Family Is Mad At Meryl Streep For Pointing Out That Walt Disney Was A Bigot

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Queen Forever And High Priestress Of The Universe Meryl Streep has pissed off some people. Some powerful people. You see, Meryl Streep is on Walt Disney family’s bad side about she told the audience at an awards gala that Walt Disney was a “gender bigot” who, at the very least, told a woman animator only men could do the job and also supported an anti-Semitic lobbying group.

Jesus, Meryl. Next you’re going to tell us that Tom Hanks runs a puppy mill in his basement.  Keep reading »

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