BY Daisy Becerra
in Boob Tube
on May 31, 2013
Leave it to racist internet trolls to ruin an innocent, family-friendly commercial.
The source of all the unnecessary controversy is the newest 31-second “Just Checking” commercial brought to you by Cheerios. The premise? It’s as cute and completely uncontroversial as it gets: an adorable girl foils her dad after asking her mom if the cereal is really heart-healthy. The outcome is one messy and awww-worthy moment. Check out the video below.
In the end, ... Read More
BY Amy Zimmerman
in Style File
on Feb 28, 2013
At New York Fashion Week, designers tried to convince us that bondage is in, neon shag body wear is trendy, and unwearable structural pieces are totally hot right now. But at least they didn’t send models down the runway in blackface. Think no one would be ignorant enough to paint a white girl black for an “African Queen” photo shoot? Well think again. French magazine Número is embroiled in a public relations shit show this week after ... Read More
There’s been a lot of talk lately about Internet bullying and the damaging effects it has on those who are targeted. Remember the story of Amanda Todd, the teen who committed suicide in October after years of constant online and physical shaming? Google “teen commits suicide after online bullying” and you will get over 4.5 million hits--a staggering amount. That’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to damage done to people of any age ... Read More
BY Kaitlin Cole
on Oct 24, 2012
Yesterday we reported an apparent hate crime on Sharmeka Moffitt, a 20-year-old from Louisiana, who was allegedly set on fire by three men who then scrawled ‘KKK’ on her vehicle. Well, in a completely bizarre and unexpected twist, Louisiana authorities reported that Sharmeka confessed to setting herself on fire and fabricated the story about the three men attacking her.
Sharmeka, who is currently in the hospital in critical ... Read More
BY Kaitlin Cole
on Oct 23, 2012
On Sunday night, 20-year-old Sharmeka Moffitt was walking through a park in northeastern Lousiana when three men approached her, covered her in flammable liquid, and set her on fire. Sharmeka put out the flames with a spigot and called 911. She suffered burns to over half of her body and was still in the hospital in critical condition as of yesterday.
The three men also wrote the letters ‘KKK’ and a racial slur on her car in a paste-like ... Read More
BY Erika W. Smith
on Oct 19, 2012
Have you picked out a Halloween costume yet? Maybe you’ve already chosen an awesome feminist costume (maybe a SCARY VAGINA?), or maybe you’re DIY-ing it. Maybe you’re getting sexy and adding some ears, à la Mean Girls. As long as you’re not dressing up as a “sexy body bag," if you’re feeling good and having fun, you’re probably all set. Except for one thing…
DON’T WEAR A RACIST COSTUME.
Every ... Read More
BY Kaitlin Cole
on Sep 17, 2012
We know that discrimination against women still exists, but sometimes we forget the fact that discrimination is not distributed equally to each woman. A recent Forbes article by political strategist Atima Omara-Alwala revealed some horrifying facts about health care discrimination among black women.
African American women, as just one example of many, are three times more likely to experience unwanted pregnancy and four times more likely to die of ... Read More
BY Intern Kerishma
on May 04, 2012
Yes, this is real.
In a series of advertisements that cost $1.5 million to make, Ashton Kutcher – in an attempt to sell snack chips – donned full-on brownface, an awkward accent, and bizarre dance moves for character Bollywood producer “Raj.”
Popchips launched several promotional videos in the format of a dating service to advertise their chips, with each video centered on a specific personality. And Raj has received quite a bit of media ... Read More
BY shannon carlin
on Oct 21, 2011
Sarah Silverman is heading to Republican Presidential candidate Rick Perry’s home state of Texas for a form of comic relief. But with Silverman you know there’s got to be some controversy there. And with this one it’s the comedy fundraiser’s name, Live From N*****head: Stripping the Paint Off of Good Ol’ Fashioned ... Read More
BY Web Intern
on Jul 27, 2010
The Colour of Beauty is a short documentary that follows aspiring model, Renee Thompson, as she attempts to take on New York City's fashion industry. The video uncovers that the fashion industry still lacks true diversity. Designers and casting agents still believe that black women won't sell magazines, products or clothing.
From casting calls where black models are told not to even bother to the horrendous scrutinization of their slightly ... Read More