At around 2:30 AM on Saturday, 19-year-old Renisha McBride’s car crashed and she was stuck in a neighborhood outside of Detroit. She didn’t know the area and began knocking on doors, asking for help. One homeowner, who is as of yet unidentified, shot the young woman in the head, killing her.
The police are keeping much of the story under wraps, claiming that it was an act of self-defense. A neighbor agrees that the shooter was frightened. The homeowner, police claim, saw McBride as a threat, although nothing suggests that she was. Read More
In a recent documentary, the Image Activist Michaela Angela Davis, the founder of Un’ruly Antonia Opiah, and the model Autumn McHugh join the Miss Black Massachusetts Safiya Songhai and several other black women in a discussion and study of hair. In June, they hosted a public exhibit entitled, “You Can Touch My Hair,” in which women of color held signs inviting passersby to touch their hair. They chose to call it an “exhibition” to confront the way black women in America have been treated and examined by the white majority. Read More
Comedic duo Whitley and Jordan have an insightful, brave, and totally entertaining new video entitled Things White People Don’t Understand. The two women have both witnessed and been the victims of casual ignorance, and luckily they aren’t going to stand for it.
The lesson is divided into two topics: hair and everything else. They start with hair: “Not everyone’s hair looks like yours,” they remind viewers. They are sick of hearing, “What did you do to your hair?” in response to natural hair textures. Read More
BY Katie Fustich
on Sep 16, 2013
Last night, Nina Davuluri was crowned Miss America 2014. Yet, the aspiring cardiologist and Syracuse, New York native isn’t receiving the kind of congratulations customary. The reason? She’s Indian-American.
The second the crown touched her head, everyone with a Twitter account and an IQ of less than 65 took to the internet to voice their outrage at the fact that a “terrorist” had just won the Miss America title. You heard me. Being non-white apparently = being a terrorist these days!
Don't worry guys, she says she's not a racist so it's cool.
Lol. Read More
Tiana Parker, a young girl of seven, was cute as a button when she marched off to school this morning in Tulsa. She looked spick-and-span in her uniform, and her hair was aligned in perfect dreadlocks with a big pink bow on top. Tiana's father Terrance is a barber who, in his own words, "[takes] pride in [his] kids looking nice."
But Tiana left school this morning in tears. Why? Because the school felt she didn't look "presentable." According to the school's dress code, “hairstyles such as dreadlocks, afros, mohawks, and other faddish styles are unacceptable. Read More
BY Amy LaCount
on Jul 30, 2013
Miley Cyrus was veritably born into the industry – as the daughter of famous country singer Billy Ray, she was a household name by the time she was 15, starring as Hannah Montana in her very own Disney channel show. There, she cultivated a persona as a modern southern belle: fresh-faced, down-to-earth, and unpretentious.
If you’ve paid attention the last couple of years, she’s been busy doing what plenty of teenaged starlets do as they transition into adulthood – trying to shed the juvenile image and trade up to something sexier. Read More
BY Laurel Walsh
on Jul 24, 2013
Cecile Kyenge seems to live on the high road, accepting apologies and handing out anti-racist wisdom to the dickheads who keep trying to knock her down. As Italy's first ever black member of cabinet, Kyenge has been fielding racist remarks left and right since breaking onto Italy's political scene. This time she's accepted an apology from Roberto Calderoli, the dude who compared her to an orangutan earlier this month.
Calderoli is a member of the notoriously anti-immigration Northern League party. Read More
BY Amy LaCount
on Jul 22, 2013
“One day I heard a song that made my nerves tremble and my hair stand on end," says singer Ani Cordero. And haven’t we all experienced that? Hearing a song, only to feel ourselves drifting, parting the proverbial curtain and walking into a room of perfect sounds, entirely teleported to the past, the future, or the absolutely splendid present?
If you’ve never listened to Cordero – woah, get on that right now, because girl has it all: pipes, talent, a whole lotta soul. Read More
BY Amy LaCount
on Jun 27, 2013
Meet Riley Elle, the dazzling star of the best hair tutorial video that I’ve ever laid eyes on. Brace yourself for the cute:
She’s just three years old and sports a ridiculously radiant smile, bursting with sunny confidence. The best part? Her mother is the talented Houston-based photographer Christin of ChristinShootsPeople, which means that adorable shots of Riley are all over the Internet for us to gush over.
Riley posed as the first Black Congresswoman, Shirley Chisolm.
Riley being her adorable Riley Elle self. Read More
BY Daisy Becerra
on Jun 22, 2013
Five illustrations of girls in blue dresses and bows appear against the white canvas. “Show me the ugly child,” says the soft-spoken woman to the young black girl barely above the table’s edge. The illustrations are an array of five different skin shades--light to dark. The little girl’s finger lightly touches the last illustration on the canvas. Her tiny hand darts back.
“And why is she the ugly child?”
“’Cause she’s black.”
In 2011, directing partners D. Read More