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In August of 2006, a group of African American lesbian women went out for a night on the town in NYC's Greenwich Village area, a well-known historical landmark and haven for the LGBTQ community... or so these women thought. Proud spirits quickly vanished after an instance of homophobic street harassment was initiated by an older man. The threats quickly escalated, resulting in the attempted strangling of two women and then the stabbing of the perpetrator. Although this attack was a glaring moment of self-defense, the media and the law were quick to disagree. Read More
For the passed couple of decades, Native American activists and advocacy groups have been campaigning for Washington D.C.'s NFL football team, The Redskins, to change its blatantly racist name and logo. Although there is a law that prohibits the trademarking of offensive racial terms, all law suits, legal fights, and canvassing have been unfairly ineffective. However, more recently, the battle has gained the national attention it deserves after a California tribe bought airtime during Game 3 of the NBA finals on June 10th. Read More
Growing up, I knew what it felt like to be brown. I knew that going over to my friend's house for dinner meant that my mom would think I was malnourished when I came back. I knew that I dreaded being out in the sun for too long because that meant I got darker, and God forbid I get darker. I knew that I would feel ashamed when my mom talked too loudly in Spanish, or I had to translate for her. Being brown – for me – meant that as a kid, I constantly compared myself to people who were fundamentally different from me. Read More
Two days ago, the Army revised its grooming regulations to prohibit hairstyles specific to black women; although dreadlocks and twists have been disallowed since 2005, these new rules are shockingly strict, banning the growth of natural hair from exceeding 2 inches and braids from being wider than one quarter inch.    Black women make up a whopping one third of females in the military, explains the Georgia National Guard member Sgt. Jasmine Jacobs, who has served for 6 years; in protest of the prejudicial regulations, she wrote this petition. Read More
In case you've been lucky enough to evade the ignorance displayed by the total idiots who shared shockingly casual racist comments about Lorde's boyfriend James Lowe, good for you. Just to give you and idea of this bullshit, when you being to type "Lorde's boyfriend" into Google, one of the top suggestions is "Lorde's boyfriend is ugly."  DO PEOPLE HAVE NO HEARTS? We think they're pretty cute. Read More
  A UK Footballer has come under fire in the last 24 hours after dressing up in blackface for an anti-racism campaign’s costume dinner party. Toni Duggan, a striker for Manchester City, decided to attend the party for the UK’s Kick It Out campaign as Whoopi Goldberg from Sister Act.   The stunt was similar to Julianne Hough's brainfart this past Halloween when she dressed in blackface and an orange jumpsuit in what she called an homage to Orange Is The New Black’s Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren. Read More
  Meet Vanessa VanDyke, a twelve-year-old academic superstar at Faith Christian Academy in Orlando, FL. Vanessa is a member of the National Junior Honor Society, and she also enjoys wearing her hair naturally. She explains that her hairstyle “says that [she’s] unique. It’s puffy and [she likes] it that way. Read More
  Remember when Lululemon CEO Chip Wilson embarrassed himself and his company by blaming women’s bodies for defective pants? Yeah, that really did a lot for his business. So did his previous comment that birth control causes divorce. Oh, yeah, and his racist remarks about Japanese people. Friendly guy.    Well, thank goodness for Stephen Colbert. In a recent piece, the comedic genius exposes just how much of a non-apology this guy gave for his most recent PR disaster. And it’s amaze. Read More
  Oh dear! We knew there were the occasional individuals who outspokenly refuse to date members of a certain race, but new research suggests that race plays a significant role in who people choose to date. The dating app Are You Interested recently performed a study in which they compared numbers on who picks whom as a romantic prospect based on racial identity. And the results are what some are calling "weirdly racist. Read More
  First the good news: Lily Allen just released a new song that is most likely the most hard-hitting feminist anthem to come out since Helen Reddy's "I am woman, hear me roar."  Now the bad, bad, very bad news: In the video for the song, Lily is seen dancing, fully clothed,  among a gaggle of very thin, very underdressed twerking women of color.  See, the video starts out pretty okay. Read More