"Mirror, Mirror, on the wall, erase my dark skin, forever more!" Growing up as the “darker” child between my caramel, Afro-Latina, sister with long silky hair touching the bottom of her spine, and my never aging, fair skinned mother, I struggled with great identity issues. Like many other Afro men and women of darker complexions, I was no stranger to beauty issues when it came to my definition of beauty. For so long, I would criticize myself harshly about my beautiful hue. In…Continue
“If you think Zwarte Piet and blackface is wrong in the Netherlands, what do you think about the Zulus?” This the question that sat waiting for me in my Facebook inbox from my mother (who has been a very active member of Facebook since 2011 and who clocks my page religiously, might I add). At first…Continue
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Over 1 million views in 24 hours? Simple Misfits' new video "Black Guy Breaks Into A Car" is going viral. Is there a difference when a white guy tries to break into a car and when a black guy tries to do it? The video suggests that there is, turns out the Black guy gets arrested real quick! Check out the experiment and let us know what you think.…Continue
Shouldn't this woman know better? Russian socialite Dasha Zhukova is facing criticism for an image that appeared in her interview with website, buro247.ru, showing her sitting on a Black woman-like chair. (the image has now been cropped to remove the part of the chair that looks like a Black woman, but you can see the original image below).
What gives? Also known as:…
Juliana Huxtable speaks on fashion’s appropriation of urban culture with Bullett Magazine.
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Black Folk Don’t is now in its third season. The provocative web series was created by Angela Tucker, a Brooklyn-based writer, director and producer. She has a knack for putting critical questions on display in a way that’s riotous. The third season takes a look at feminism, adoption, going green, plastic surgery and more. This season is shot in California. “I was interested in California, because the black population is in minority in Cali. The kinds of responses we…Continue
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AP Fam, skin-bleaching, beauty standards, self-hate are topics we've written about before. This week, scholar Dr. Yaba Blay wrote: "Nigerian-Cameroonian pop star, Dencia, recently launched her own skin care line - Whitenicious. Within days, it sold out. Yes, this is real life."
Some people say I have “Minority Privilege.” Here is a list I complied of 50 Black Male Minority Privileges I’ve experienced in the twenty-four years of my life. Feel free to pick and choose from the ones…
Ella Baker (1903-1986)
Major events like the civil rights movement and women’s movement would not have been possible without the ideas and efforts of Black women. Yet, Black women are rarely acknowledged or praised for the many contributions they have made to these struggles for liberation.
In remembering these…Continue
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Years ago, a rare-books dealer browsing at an estate sale in Rochester came across an unusual manuscript, dated 1858. The family selling it said little about where it had been for the last 150 years. It appeared never to have left upstate New York. Scholars now believe that the mystery manuscript…Continue
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Tweet from February 15, 2012 to be logged in The Library of Congress for future generations: Fun Random Fact for the Day: Pandora Radio figured out I liked Tool before I did. Such an admission used to bring about confused stares and side eyes along with that inevitable question: “You like white folks music?” White folks music. A black girl isn’t supposed to be into that. Yet I was, I am and I have been all my life. The black girl who likes “white folks music”…Continue
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'NEGRO' is a docu-series exploring identity, colonization, racism and the African Diaspora in Latin America and the Caribbean and the color complex among Latinos. Through candid interviews from Latinos, the social manifestations and consequences of the deep-seated color complex is deconstructed.
There are over 150 million AfroLatinos in the Americas, but invisibility…
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Vanessa VanDyke was told to cut hair or leave Faith Christian…Continue
Hi. My name is Katy. I'm a photograph found on the Internet, on a Tumblr blog. My real name is probably not Katy, but for the sake of this blog post, and my message to you---it's Katy okay?
I need to take a moment to vent. It's been awhile since I've had to get this off my chest, but here we go. Here's the deal. I'm a goth chick that listens to Alternative Goth, New Wave, Indie, and occasional Hip Hop. I like to smoke, drink PBR, and play the guitar with my boyfriend Ross.…
The movie adapted from the satirical video “Dear White People,” that stirred up the internets last summer has finally begun production in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Director and writer Justin Simien raised more than $40,000 through the popular online campaign service Indiegogo a few days after the video made its debut to fund the films production costs.
Just in case you missed it, the video highlights the experience of being an African-American student at a predominantly white…
The 'Dark Girls' documentary sparked a big conversation in the AP community when we told you about it two years ago. The movie tackles colorism and features interviews of women with dark skin tones about their experiences, not only in the world at large, but also within the Black community. It will premiere on OWN network on June 23rd in the US. Check out the trailer below. Will you be…Continue
BuzzFeed.com has us rolling on the floor with their "27 Things You Had To Deal With As The Only Black Kid In Your Class".
Staff writer Heben Nigatu compiled hilarious memes in her list, such as the infamous "you sound white" articulate Black people sometimes get, people sticking their fingers in your hair, or the timeless "She's pretty... for a black…