Perhaps more subtle insidious than colorism, Alice Walker’s term for discrimination based on gradations of skin color, is the idea of favoring certain facial features over others. Colorism is easy to spot. Think of the most popular black or south asian film actors and actresses and you’ll see [...]
In his seminal treatise, Bring the Pain, the bard Chris Rock expounds on the premise of “keepin’ it real”.
N*gga’s love to not know. You can ask a N*gga any question, “Hey N*gga, what’s 2 times 2?” “I don’t know that sh*t! Keepin’ it real!” N*gga’s love keepin’ it real. Real dumb. Wanna know the [...]
I read a post over at Girl You So Well Spoken detailing an apparent casting call for a Ciroc commercial seeking “light-skinned african americans”. Now that it’s been discovered and publicized, Ciroc is taking to denying, denying, denying having made such a request for their commercials but the larger point still remains.
Unfortunately, it’s not [...]
Donovan McNabb’s recent comments about the extra scrutiny and pressures of being a black quarterback in the NFL touched a chord with me. I’m glad he had the courage to speak his truths to power. Too often, black athletes don’t use the podium to speak truth to power. Michael Jordan’s famous comment that “even Republicans [...]
A while back, the radio host Don Imus was fired for his comments that the Rutgers University women’s basketball team looked like a bunch of “nappy-headed ho’s”. The comments led to a maelstrom of criticism of Imus for insensitivity, ignorance and possible racism.
I believe Imus’ firing was more than justified but the reason I’m [...]