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Kelly Rowland’s New Makeup Line Is For Us Highly Melanated Folks

I have a confession for you and I hope that the Beyhive won’t come for me: During the era of Destiny’s Child, Kelly Rowland was my favorite.  This week, my adoration for her has only grown after the announcement that her and her makeup artist, Sheika Daley, are launching a makeup line aimed at customers who are blessed with a lot of melanin. It’s about time.

Annalise Keating from HTGAWM's Twitter.

How To Get Away with Murder and Its Complicated Representation of Blackness

Even though How to Get Away with Murder (HTGAWM) is a brilliant show in terms of its character development, casting, and plot structure, it still has fewer viewers than Scandal, a show that’s been on its last leg for the past couple of seasons. HTGAWM, unlike Scandal, is unflinching in its complex representation of Blackness.

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#UnfairandLovely is A Stand Against Colorism

In most cultures that have been affected by white supremacy, there are white standards of beauty in place to tell women that they are not beautiful enough to be loved or wanted in their society. Unfortunately, when beauty is based solely on European standards, a woman’s physical and mental potential is not related to a her intelligence. Instead, this logic suggests that the whiter she is, then the prettier and more successful she will be.  However with hashtag #UnfairandLovely, South Asian women are taking a stand against this system of oppression called colorism. This hashtag is important because it raises much needed awareness of the discrimination that women face because of their darker complexions.

Julio Salgado's reboot of Friends with a diverse cast.

What would It have been like if TV classics had casts of color?

Fuller House, a revival of Full House is scheduled to premiere on Netflix in 2016. Growing up, I loved Full House. At night, I imagined that I was a lost Tanner child. Now, I realize I was never destined to join the Tanner family tree—I didn’t fit any of the casting descriptions as a person of color.  Twenty years later, I’m wondering what popular shows like Full House would’ve been like if they included people of color?