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Please Don’t Superdome Haiti (update)

by Michelle Chen on January 16 2010, 8:58AM

For those who know how race and media intersect in times of crisis, the earthquake in Haiti has probably sent a bump through your pop-cultural seismograph. Now it’s becoming a flashpoint. Following an initial wave of sympathy, the corporate…

Topics: Global Affairs, Katrina, Media

The Power of Data Visualization: Used to Mislead As Much As Inform

by Jorge Rivas on January 8 2010, 3:30PM

Alex Lundry, a conservative political pollster and data visualizer, recently presented at Ignite DC, a conference designed to “spark new conversations and collaborations across cultures and disciplines.” (Before I get any angry comments, you should know I do not…

Topics: Media

David Brooks Sees Racism In Avatar; Body Presumed Snatched

by Channing Kennedy on January 8 2010, 1:28PM

File under WTF — David Brooks, conservative New York Times columnist, has written a column about James Cameron’s visually stunning, politically gross Avatar. That’s not weird in itself, but check this out: “Avatar” is a racial fantasy par excellence. ……

Topics: Media

Reading the Afro: A Hairy Issue for Publishers Weekly

by Michelle Chen on December 16 2009, 8:01AM

Publishers Weekly raised some angry eyebrows with its latest cover illustration. Apparently, for an issue devoted to African-American publishing, the designer thought readers would be amused by the image of a Black woman adorned with a surrealistic “crown” of…

Topics: Media

Tiger Woods Likes White Women, So What?

by Yvonne Yen Liu on December 14 2009, 3:20PM

Say it. Tiger Woods has a thing for white women. That’s the unspoken message haunting photos documenting Tiger Woods’ fall from grace: a series of white women, some blonde, others brunette, but all clearly racialized as white. It is…

Topics: Media

Sonia Sotomayor On the Cover of Latina Magazine

by Julianne Hing on November 11 2009, 12:23PM

First, we celebrate. Justice Sotomayor allowed Latina magazine to photograph her inside the Supreme Court building for this cover shoot. And later we ask the questions that are on our minds: why did they wash out her skin like…

Topics: Media

Shoshana Johnson Wins CNN While Being Female, Black, Herself [VIDEO]

by Channing Kennedy on November 6 2009, 1:59PM

Comparing this data (from Media Metters’ Cable Diversity report): to this empirical evidence: … we can see clear benefits to white males in keeping women and people of color off the air. for those of you without audio: Crooks and…

Topics: Media

Fort Hood Rampage: Don’t Let Tragedy Bring More Tragedy

by on November 5 2009, 9:02PM

Today 12 people lost their lives when a US army psychologist and two other men opened fire inside the Fort Hood military base in Texas. It is was an horrific act and our hearts and thoughts are with the…

Topics: Media, News Items

Is Black Face the New Black?

by Jorge Rivas on November 2 2009, 12:38PM

New York photographer Mario Sorrenti shoots for the biggest fashion magazines like W, Vogue, and V Magazine regularly. He’s had his work exhibited at the MoMa in New York and has shot huge international campaigns like the Calvin Klein…

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Fight Halloween Bigotry! Dress Provocatively Proactive With These Costume Ideas

by Channing Kennedy on October 30 2009, 4:20PM

image via someecards.com We’ve all seen the many racist and sexist Halloween costumes on the market this year (and every year). And this soft bigotry, through objectifying imagery under the pretense of parody or entertainment, absolutely must be named,…

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CNN On Latinos: Use Them Bootstraps

by Daisy Hernandez on October 21 2009, 12:59PM

I’m here with my colleague Alfredo DeAvila and we’re brainstorming something nice to say about CNN’s new special on Latinos in the United States: At least they don’t ignore us. All the Garcia girls were cute. It could have been…

Topics: Media

Younge’s Mixed-Race Messaging Misses the Point

by Guest Columnist on October 15 2009, 6:09AM

by Adebe DeRango-Adem, research intern for Applied Research Center In Gary Younge’s piece on the often race-heavy baggage brought to both sides of conversations about President Obama, he argues that a combined obsession with celebrity and rise of the…

Topics: Media

Basta Dobbs!: Watch the Video, Sign the Pledge

by on October 13 2009, 9:27AM

Nobody has done more to spread hate and lies than Lou Dobbs, who spouts his anti-Latino vitriol into American living rooms every night. His words are dangerous. Late last year, the Southern Poverty Law Center reported an increase in…

Topics: Immigration, Media

“Greasy Like Chicken”: Chris Rock’s ‘Good Hair’ Pitch Takes a Nap on Race and Gender [VIDEO]

by Guest Columnist on October 5 2009, 8:43AM

by guest blogger Bimbola Akinbola. Chris Rock appeared on The Jay Leno Show and Oprah this week to promote his new movie Good Hair, a documentary about hair politics in the Black community with a “funny edge.” While I personally…

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Discovery Channel’s ‘Gang Wars: Oakland’ Series Spreads All the Wrong Messages

by Jorge Rivas on September 28 2009, 9:02AM

Last week the Discovery Channel aired “Gang Wars: Oakland”, a series that according the network, “opens a window to give a glimpse inside the lives of Oakland’s gangs.” However, the series played more like a myth dispenser about black…

Topics: Media

Lou Dobbs Leads Human Rights Crusade Against Roberto Lovato

by Michelle Chen on September 22 2009, 10:14PM

Media Matters has brought us this gem from the September 22 broadcast of The Lou DobbsShow, in which he takes denounces Roberto Lovato, founder of presente.org and Colorlines contributor, as “a typical left-wing activist coward propagandist.” Have a listen: Dobbs…

Topics: Immigration, Media

Janeane Garofalo & Kai Wright: Racism as Strong as Ever

by Jorge Rivas on September 18 2009, 2:03PM

Who knew Janeane Garofalo had such good race politics? Kai Wright, as usual, steals the show though….

Topics: Media

What Was Different about Annie Le

by Guest Columnist on September 16 2009, 3:54PM

This article was removed at the request of the author. The article is now available at Subversities….

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Obama’s Post-Racist Presidency: Is ‘Socialist’ the new N-Word?

by Guest Columnist on September 8 2009, 11:30AM

Written by Victor Goode In the last few weeks, some of the right wing criticism of President Obama has reached a virtual crescendo. To be sure, some of his policies raise questions, and reasoned critiques have come from both right…

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Jenna Bush’s Genetic Advantage: Her Last Name

by Channing Kennedy on August 31 2009, 10:29AM

Jenna Bush, daughter of George W., has just been hired on by The Today Show. This is good news for us, because it’s handed some of our favorite bloggers a stick with which to poke conservative ideas of meritocracy….

Topics: Media