Recently American Girl announced their newest doll Melody—a Black girl from Detroit who fights for civil rights and is an aspiring Motown singer. This is the American Girl doll that we have been waiting for, but why did it take so long?
At the beginning of Black History Month, a group of Black girls at the School for Creative Studies in Durham, North Carolina wanted to wear “geles”, also known as head wraps, in order to celebrate their African heritage. How did the school administration respond to this celebration of Black culture? Negatively and without any consideration for what the head wraps could have meant for the young women.
On February 8th, BBC will air a documentary about the life of Misty Copeland, the first Black principal ballerina in the American Ballet Theater.
While growing up, most children are told that they can be anything that they want. As a child, I went from wanting to be president to a lawyer in the span of an hour. However, as I got older, I realized that as a Black girl, society believes that you don’t belong in certain roles. As a young woman of color this can be disheartening and isolating. When there are no role models, who are you able to look up to?
Do you remember Barbie’s catchy slogan–be who you wanna be B-A-R-B-I-E? For most girls Barbie’s slogan was just a fun jingle. Seeing a Barbie doll that looked like you wasn’t possible for children who didn’t have Barbie’s iconic blonde hair and blue eyes. But all of that has changed now.
This past weekend, a story broke that a group of black women who are students at the State University of New York in Albany were attacked while on public transportation. The students, whose identities haven’t been revealed, claim they were harassed and assaulted by a group of white men and women on a bus after a verbal altercation turned physical. They were reportedly kicked and were the target of multiple racial slurs.
With stunning models representing Brazilian Blackness, it’s clear that Jeferson Lima has tapped into a culture that exudes pride in one’s own body. Lima’s project not only aims to highlight Black beauty but also strives to celebrate and channel Salvador’s spirit through the Black community.
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?
For the second year in a row, the annual Oscars ceremony will be unmistakably…white.
The Academy Award nominations were announced early Thursday morning. Snubs, no doubt, are expected. Upsets happen. But in the midst of growing criticism for Hollywood’s lack of diversity, it’s hard not seeing this year’s nominations as egregious erasure.
Welcome to the historic town of Whitesboro, New York where the official emblems of the town features a white man trying to wrestle a Native American to the ground.
In the representative symbol, a white man looks to be grappling with a Native American man, who is identified by the feather on his head. The Native American looks like he is about to admit defeat by the way that he looks with his eyes closed and his head moving backwards.
Apparently, the Oregon militiamen don’t care for all the care packages that they’ve been receiving.
In a video Facebook post by one of the group’s organizers, Jon Ritzheimer, criticized people who were sending him “hate” mail. Among the items included in this pre-packaged enmity delivered by the postal service? A dildo.