As a 30-something year old black woman, I pride myself on having embraced my differences. This was not so much the case back in my mid-20s when I was struggling with my so-called “otherness” during a time when most people were trying to figure out who they are. I don’t eat fried chicken (anymore, at least). I do yoga. I obsess over Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. I can express at length the differences between Aerosmith and Guns ‘N Roses. Kayaking and wine tasting are two of my…Continue
I spent a good portion of my life trying to be better than the best. I was always the first to jump at an extra assignment or task, to show everyone that I was capable. But for what? Why?
It was late at night and I couldn’t sleep. I was sick as a dog but that wasn’t why I was up. The next day’s schedule was overstuffed in a way that felt necessary to me, at the time. I felt like absolute crap but was still wrestling with the idea of calling off the next day. It was then…
It's 2014 and the United States of America has never had a black host on a show about animals. The visibility of cultural diversity in any given field greatly affects a child's propensity towards said field. Even greats like Neil DeGrasse Tyson struggled with committing to a discipline that lacked role models from his community. This lack of diversity can be…Continue
It was in America that I learned to be black. In the predominantly small white town we moved to in Upstate New York; in the nasty ways young kids behave to other young kids they perceive as different, dangerous. In the way my seventh grade teacher evaded my innocent question of what the word "coon" meant. It was during lunch, with the chaotic buzz of several dozen prepubescent children going on when I approached her and posed my question. Her large, brown eyes looked into mine…Continue
Looking down from the plane at the patches of light winking up at me below, my stomach did backflips – and it wasn’t from the turbulence. In about 20 minutes I’d be landing on a continent that I should call home but seemed far from it. Africa. A city called Lusaka in a country called Zambia to be exact.
This is the city I was born in and swept away from before I could even speak so that my parents could start a new life in England, which came to be my home and all that I…
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"Why should they have their own classes? I don't understand what the big deal is." Flabbergasted. Shocked. In my head, I resembled Munch's "The Scream", but I am sure I appeared more calm than the inner turmoil I was experiencing. I stared at my high school classmates circa 1988 or so, none of which were African-American—some were Japanese-American, Mexican, Jewish, perhaps Armenian but in that particular class none were black or else the words would not have been…Continue
A New York-based person launched a crowd-funding campaign full of humor, because they want to "acquire some white privilege".
Yaya M. says: "Although I have layered oppressions that have affected my ability to access my slice of the American Pie™, no issue has affected me more readily than my lack of white privilege. From being assumed to have "cheated" my way into programs for gifted children AND college (via affirmative action), to having my natural hair viewed as…
It only took me three years to write this article. It took three years of question avoidance, to bring to me to this point. After three years, I finally have an answer. The question? Well, the question is always the same, “but what about ‘Black Love’ ?”. Now this question surfaces wrapped in different phrasing, but its core remains the same.
This questions surfaces consistently around the discovery of my partner’s racial and ethnic identity. I am proud of the love that…
When the original Annie movie was released in 1982, I was ten years old living in idyllic and beautiful Southern California, Pasadena to be exact, a short drive without traffic to the streets of Hollywood where tourists congregate attempting to catch a glimpse of some star. My mother often took us on aimless and destination unknown car trips around Los Angeles. We'd throw in a couple of friends on occasion and our dog Patches, a very nervous Shetland Sheepdog. We loved…Continue
It's getting better and better! The Independent reports that UK store "Sainsbury's shows shoppers how to 'get the slave look' with 12 Years A Slave display mannequin". "For reasons unknown, an Oxford branch of the supermarket embellished its DVD and Blu-ray stand for Steve McQueen's film about the horrors of slavery with a mannequin wearing a similar outfit to that of protagonist Solomon Northup.
Looking defiantly summer-ready, the mannequin wears a loose-fitting, holey…
"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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