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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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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 »

Photo Of Baby-Toting Dad Doing His Daughter’s Hair Goes Viral

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It’s not hard to understand why this picture went viral: 39-year-old Doyin Richards and his kids are pretty damn cute. As Doyin explained on his blog, Daddy Doin Work, his wife usually does his two-year-old daughter’s hair in the mornings but one day she was running late. He was on paternity leave in October, when the picture was taken, and offered to style the girl’s hair. His wife scoffed. So he set up a camera to capture himself with their six-month-old strapped in a pouch and the little girl getting her hair did by Daddy. Once it got picked up by The Good Men Project, it quickly went viral. But a picture like this, while adorable, shouldn’t be extraordinary. It should just be parenting. Keep reading »

“Saturday Night Live” Adds Two Black Women To Writers’ Room Staff

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  • Good news in Today’s Lady News, for once: “Saturday Night Live” has added two Black women to its writing staff beginning this month. LaKendra Tookes and Leslie Jones are both comediennes who were discovered during recent auditions held by executive producer Lorne Michaels, with the express purpose of adding a Black female to the cast. “SNL” announced earlier this week that it had cast Sasheer Zamata, a performer with the Upright Citizens Brigade. She’ll join the show as a featured player on the January 18th episode hosted by Drake. Congratulations, ladies! [Hollywood Reporter]
  • Meanwhile, Amy Poehler doesn’t want to talk about it. [Salon] Keep reading »

“Saturday Night Live” Adds Sasheer Zamata, First Black Female Cast Member in 5 Years, As A Featured Player

“Saturday Night Live” Adds Sasheer Zamata, First Black Female Cast Member, As A Featured Player

Putting to rest (for now) a controversy over why the iconic comedy show has not had a Black woman on the cast for five years, Sasheer Zamata has joined”Saturday Night Live” as a featured player. According to Deadline Hollywood, Sasheer graduated from the University of Virginia three years ago and trained with the Upright Citizens Brigade in New York City. You might even recognize her from her appearances on “Inside Amy Schumer” and in a number of viral YouTube comedy videos, including “How To Politely React To Your Friend’s Terrible Engagement.” “SNL” executive producer Lorne Michaels had promised to add a Black comedienne to the cast after the show was criticized during the fall following remarks by Black male cast members, Keenan Thompson and Jay Pharoah. Keenan had suggested there weren’t enough Black women who were “ready,” while Jay said the show needed to get with the program and be more diverse. Sasheer will appear on January 18th, with Drake as a musical guest and host. Looking forward to it! [Deadline Hollywood, Sasheer.com]

Tiger Mom Is Back To Explain Why You’re Inferior

The last time we checked in with “Tiger Mom” Amy Chua, she had just published a book, Battle Hymn Of The Tiger Mother, which argued that strict Chinese-style “tiger mother” parenting is superior to permissive, indulgent Western parenting. The Yale professor explained how her two daughters were never allowed playdates or sleepovers and were punished for not practicing music and studying constantly. She was successful, sort of: one daughter, Sophia, performed in Carnegie Hall at age 14 and is now a junior at Harvard.

Anyway, Amy Chua made a big kerfluffle in the media and sold lots of books. Now she and her husband, Jed Rubenfeld, who is also a media professor, are back with a new book. In The Triple Package: How Three Unlikely Traits Explain The Rise And Fall Of Cultural Groups In America, they argue that there are eight ethnic/cultural/religious groups who are the most successful in American society.

They are, in no particular order, Chinese, Jewish, Mormon, Indian, Iranian, Lebanese-American, Cuban exiles and Nigerian.  Keep reading »

Ani DiFranco Posts Brief But Genuine Apology For That Plantation Retreat Debacle

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it has taken me a few days but i have been thinking and feeling very intensely and i would like to say i am sincerely sorry. it is obvious to me now that you were right; all those who said we can’t in good conscience go to that place and support it or look past for one moment what it deeply represents. i needed a wake up call and you gave it to me.

it was a great oversight on my part to not request a change of venue immediately from the promoter. you tried to tell me about that oversight and i wasn’t available to you. i’m sorry for that too.

know that i am digging deeper.
-ani

Oh thank goodness. Ani DiFranco has followed up her no-pology from last week — regarding her now-canceled feminist songwriting retreat at a former slave plantation — with a real and genuine actual apology today. This is the Ani DiFranco worthy of having her lyrics scrawled on Jessica’s wall. [Facebook]

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