BY Erika W. Smith
on Nov 23, 2015
On November 23, 2012, a 17-year-old black teenager named Jordan Davis was murdered by a 45-year-old white man, Michael Dunn, at a gas station in Jacksonville, Florida. Why did Dunn shoot? Because Davis and his friends were playing their "thug music" too loud.
Exactly three years later, on November 23, 2015, HBO will air a documentary on Dunn’s trial and Davis’ death. The film, 3 ½ Minutes, Ten Bullets, contains exclusive footage from the trial, police interrogation footage, prison phone recordings and heartbreaking interviews with Davis’ parents. Read More
BY Jenavieve Hatch
on Nov 06, 2015
In the age of social media – where screenshots of dick pics are taken and mocked, social movements are started on Twitter, and gossip goes viral quicker than an STI – you’d think that the Sigma Alpha Epsilon frat bro who turned a black student away because the SAE party was “for white girls only” would have at least attempted to mask his bigotry.
But he didn’t. Read More
Chrissie Hynde is still defending the victim blaming comments she made after there release of her memoir Reckless, only this time she has added a sprinkle of racism on top. Hynde, the iconic front-woman of The Pretenders, was fairly defensive and rude during her interview yesterday morning with NPR's David Greene.
Greene asked Hynde to describe some of the experiences she wrote about in her book–like the time she was assaulted by a group of bikers and proceeded to take responsibility for it. Read More
BY Holiday Black
on Oct 06, 2015
Recently, Meryl Streep made us all cry when she said that she is not a feminist….no, no, no, not a feminist, but a humanist. Now, we're cringing over photos of Streep and her Suffragette co-stars posing in white t-shirts that read, “I’d rather be a rebel than a slave.” While there’s nuance in the sentiment, there’s also something decidedly eerie about seeing an image of a white woman wearing a T-shirt printed with the word “slave. Read More
BY Ludmila Leiva
on Oct 05, 2015
“Went to the bar, ordered a Shirley Temple, pretended to be African” – I read over the caption beside the two images depicting a woman in brightly patterned clothing, and my eyes scanned wildly as I tried to comprehend why the black, smiling face in the photographs was connected to pale, white shoulders.
The original set of Facebook photos, which depict a white woman in blackface, were shared on yoga instructor Freidel Kushman’s personal Facebook page on September 28th. The photos have since been shared over a thousand times and have over seven hundred comments. Read More
BY kaya payseno
on Sep 18, 2015
Dear Matt Damon,
Contrary to what your apology would imply, you didn’t start a conversation about diversity. You tried to shut down a conversation about diversity that Effie Brown started.
Ok, a little context.
Damon received criticism for comments he made about diversity to Producer Effie Brown on his returning HBO documentary series 'Project Greenlight' in which aspiring directors compete to direct a feature film for HBO. Read More
BY Erika W. Smith
on Aug 24, 2015
Apparently, laughing while black can be dangerous.
A group eleven women — ten of them black — were kicked off the Napa Valley Wine Train for laughing too loudly during a book club outing.
The Napa Valley Register writes that the women boarded the Wine Train at 11 a.m. on Saturday and were told to leave the train in St. Helena, reportedly because of noise complaints. The women, including an 83-year-old grandmother, were escorted through six cars and off the train, where police were waiting for them. A van then took them back to Napa. Read More
BY Olivia Harrison
on Aug 17, 2015
This past Friday, a major uproar was caused by an opinion piece posted on AL.com about a sorority recruitment video made by the University of Alabama’s Alpha Phi. Spoiler alert: the opinion in this opinion piece was not a positive one. The writer of the piece, A.L. Bailey called the video, “all so racially and aesthetically homogeneous and forced, so hyper-feminine, so reductive and objectifying, so Stepford Wives: College Edition. Read More
BY Olivia Harrison
on Aug 03, 2015
It seems like painfully uncomfortable celebrity interviews are becoming a major trend. This time, the interviewers out did themselves by managing to be both sexist and racist. Quite an accomplishment. The victims: Michael B. Jordan and Kate Mara.
In a recent interview about the upcoming Fantastic Four film with the Rock 100.5 Morning show in Atlanta, the interviewers had a lot of trouble with the concept of Mara and Jordan playing siblings. One interviewer asked, “You’re white and you’re black. Read More
BY Elizabeth Ollero
on Jul 30, 2015
A study conducted by The Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics has found that black borrowers on average pay 29 basis points more - that’s about .3% more - than comparable white borrowers. Black women suffer the most from this disparity, receiving this different treatment more than black men do. The study was conducted using data from three waves of the U.S. Survey of Consumer Finance. This wasn’t just a fluke.
If you were wondering what a small .3% difference is in dollar terms, Quartz spelled it out for us. Read More