Is This Racist?

by Jonathan Adams on April 11 2008, 12:38PM

H/T Towleroad In another segment of “Is This Racist?, ” here’s a new Hanes ad campaign that probably started off with good intentions but doesn’t seem to be striking a cord with the communities they were trying to engage….

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‘Welcome to America’ Exposes Realities of Racism

by Guest Columnist on April 2 2008, 11:47AM

by Thanu Yakupitiyage Earlier in March, a colleague brought my attention to an article that she had seen in Gothamist about an art exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA) in Brooklyn. “The Blue Wall of Violence”…

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Come Again, Lou?

by Guest Columnist on March 31 2008, 3:30PM

by Alex Jung Lou Dobbs, everyone’s favorite faux populist went on (yet another) tirade about why Americans (but really himself) are not racists. The subject of his anger this time was Condoleezza Rice’s recent remarks on Barack Obama’s speech on…

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A Racist Vogue Cover?

by Jonathan Adams on March 24 2008, 11:34AM

Lot of people are talking about the latest issue of Vogue magazine with Lebron James andn Gisele Bundchen on the cover. Because Vogue’s history as the world’s premier fashion magazine has not included many people of color on the…

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Watching Cartoon Network’s “Chop Socky Chooks”

by Jonathan Adams on March 5 2008, 10:54AM

Found on angry asian man If you couldn’t figure it out, the show is about a trio of kung fu kickin’ chickens—Chick P, KO Joe and Chuckie Chan, “undercover heroes protecting the citizens of Wasabi World, a city-sized shopping…

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Rodney King: Seventeen Years Later

by Jonathan Adams on March 3 2008, 9:53AM

The New York Times reminded me today that “on March 3, 1991, in a case that sparked a national outcry, motorist Rodney King was severely beaten by Los Angeles police officers in a scene captured on amateur video.” Only…

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Let’s Just Get Along: Poll Passes Up Structural Analysis of Race

by on December 18 2007, 12:40PM

Race, racism, and racial stereotypes run deep according to a new opinion poll of over a thousand Blacks, Latinos and Asians by New American Media . The poll asserts that people of color in different groups don’t trust each other…

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Writers Strike, But Hollywood Holds on to Shopworn Stereotypes

by Guest Columnist on November 8 2007, 8:36AM

by Brian Palmer I empathize with people trying to pay the rent, put food on the table, and make car payments. I’m also a stalwart defender of the intellectual property rights of the artists, actors, and writers who entertain us…

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Oprah Show: “Gay Around the World”

by Jonathan Adams on October 23 2007, 4:00PM

On Wednesday, Oprah will take discuss the rights for gays and lesbians around the world. Talking to a few people of color, Oprah will interview the UK’s John Amaechi, a former NBA basketball player who made headlines after coming out…

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Radar Magazine and Race

by Jorge Rivas on October 22 2007, 3:53PM

Radar Magazine, an American online and print publication that features a mix of entertainment, fashion, politics, released this statement on the cover above: “Candidates have become as manufactured as movie stars: coached on every aspect of their dress and…

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Update: Glamour Magazine Apologizes for Racist Comments

by Jonathan Adams on September 12 2007, 10:48AM

Tip to Ask This Black Woman. Some commenters mentioned a Glamour luncheon with Black lawyers where the women were advised against “political hairstyles,” in connection to an earlier post about Beyonce. While the apology was issued in good faith by…

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BET’s Hot Ghetto Mess

by Andre Banks on August 15 2007, 7:56AM

We were talking about this show, now renamed “We Got to Do Better,” around the office yesterday. I thought I might offer some commentary, but then I found that Carmen had posted this at Racialicious. I’ll let Jay Smooth over…

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Barry Bonds: “Clearly” a question of record; Chris Rock on Babe Ruth

by Donna Hernandez on July 25 2007, 6:12PM

Barry Bonds, 43, and 3 home runs away from breaking Hank Aaron’s career record, may or may not have used steroids to enhance his baseball playing abilities, however, one of BALCO industries chemists is alleging he did. Last night on…

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Robert Novak, that’s not nice

by Guest Columnist on July 25 2007, 8:40AM

Pardon me for being a little behind but I had such a mess of reactions to this bit of news that I simply had to share it. Did y’all hear about Robert Novak’s comment on how the Democrats move to…

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Believe it or not: CW Network to air “Aliens in America”

by Malena Amusa on July 17 2007, 7:47AM

Universe, I’m just at a loss of words about what I’m about to talk about. Watch the video below, and together, we’ll discuss what’s troubling but also intriguing about this new sitcom “Aliens in America” that starts this fall on…

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What if Harry Potter were a Person of Color, and/or Gay?

by Malena Amusa on July 13 2007, 7:46AM

ABC Family behind-the-scenes video of “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.” *** One my favorite mental exercises is wondering how things would be different if say Black people had enslaved whites or women dominated men. My friends…

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The Black People Show

by Malena Amusa on July 12 2007, 9:23AM

I stumbled across this video on YouTube from In Living Color, the sketch comedy and social commentary show popular in the 1990s. It’s worth watching the full six minutes. David Alan Grier is an excellent farce of himself, the egotistical…

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CNN misses the point of the 7-Eleven Simpsons controversy

by Guest Columnist on July 11 2007, 8:21AM

*This first appeared at Racialicious. Carmen Van Kerckhove, co-founder of New Demographic, an anti-racism training company, writes: I tuned in last night to watch the Paula Zahn Now segment on the Simpsons movie promotion in which they are turning 7-Elevens…

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“Culture of Disrespect,” Ebony Magazine takes on bad words

by The News on July 9 2007, 9:14AM

Ebony Magazine examines bad words often used in Black communities in its latest issue, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. On the heels of the firing of controversial radio talk show host Don Imus, this month’s Ebony magazine took on…

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“Hot Ghetto Mess”, BET’s latest show, gains opposition

by The News on July 3 2007, 1:13PM

One of cable’s most popular networks, Black Entertainment Television—BET— has been chastised over and over again for reflecting a narrow-scope of Black life, showing degrading rap videos, and cutting its news shows. Some activists are protesting BET’s latest show, “Hot…

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