Nate Parker’s directorial debut, The Birth of A Nation, went to Sundance fairly under the radar and was the talk of the entire festival when things were all said and done. Fox Searchlight soon bought the distribution rights for the film for $17.5 million. To further build the anticipation for the film based on Nat Turner’s 1831 slave rebellion, the studio has released the first teaser trailer. It looks dope.
The Clinton campaign is on a road full of speed bumps when it comes to the black community. Hillary’s been dismissive of young black women on multiple occasions and Bill recently criticized Black Lives Matter. Now, Hillary and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio made an off-color (no pun intended) joke at the annual Inner Circle Dinner roast this past weekend, according to the Root.
Every few years there appears to be a new black actor who we fan cast into every possible role. There was Denzel, then Will Smith, then Idris Elba and the most recent one appears to be Michael B. Jordan. So it makes perfect sense that he’d be in on the joke.
In the latest commercial from Apple TV, Jordan co-stars alongside Kobe Bryant, who has only one game left in his professional basketball career. Jordan wears a replica of Bryant’s Lower Merion high school jersey as the two discuss what it’ll take to portray him in a film.
In a thirty second video, an elementary student from Texas breaks down the classist structure of America’s criminal justice system. His take down of the system occurred during a school debate, and so far this viral video has received over 66,000 retweets.
In their first commercial, Shea Moisture is breaking down the barrier between the “Beauty Aisles” and the “Ethnic Sections” in stores. While the products that are aimed at white women fill every single beauty aisle with pictures of blonde women smiling, the “ethnic sections” are only allowed to have a few dusty shelves.
The separation of products between “beauty” and “ethnic” is a reflection of the standards of beauty that many people and corporations still believe. Many people don’t believe that women of color can be beautiful. In the new commercial, Shea Moisture shows that women of color (especially Black women) are tired of being told that there is not a place for them in beauty.
This commercial is monumental because it openly discusses the racism that runs rampant in the beauty industry. It proves that products aimed at women of color belong in the “Beauty Aisle” because we are beautiful too.
Bill Clinton turnt all the way up at a recent Philadelphia pep rally for his wife and presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton. He might have just lost the Black vote for her too.
The aspiring First Husband got so excited that, when he was interrupted by protesters, he responded by criticizing the very people Ms. Clinton needs votes from (not that she hasn’t done her fair share of alienating Black voters).
At some point, we have to come clean about the toxic ways that whiteness works to perpetually erase, pacify, and root out blackness in the United States. And we have to be honest that cultural appropriation is a deeper ideological commitment than just a desire to emulate hairstyles, vernacular, food, and clothing.