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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
  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
  “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
  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
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
Remember when a bunch of bigots, assholes, and douchebags decided they needed to give their two cents about biracial relationships and families? That was pretty cool. It was even better when they shared so many of these lovely thoughts that Cheerio's had to disable the comments section for their YouTube video of the commercial. (In case you missed it, the commercial simply featured a little girl asking her caucasian mother about the healthiness of Cheerios, then pulling a little prank on her African-American father. Read More
Between Houston and Dallas rests a bucolic town, Jasper, with elegant pine trees dotting its landscape and a charming nickname, the “Butterfly Capital of Texas.” However, the town is home to some notoriously ugly racial history – in 1998, three white men killed a black man, James Byrd Jr., by chaining him to a pickup truck and driving around until he was pummeled to death by the town's country roads. Just last year, Jasper hired its first black police chief, Rodney Pearson, with the help of a majority-black City Council. Read More
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, it’s not the excessive amount of cuteness or Cheerios that’s making people peeved. Read More
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 using copious amounts of bronzer to render white model Ondria Hardin “African”. 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 through Internet harassment. Read More
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