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THE N-WORD: The next time you think about using the infamous N-word (you know, the one that ends in an ER or A?), think again.

In this video, Francesca Ramsey, aka Chescaleigh, talks about the double-standard our culture places on that dirty six-letter word. She questions the idea of who is allowed to use it, when to use it and why they’re even considering using it in their vocabulary in the first place. Some of you out there with a loose tongue need to watch this video, let it marinate in your brain and take notice.


TODAY IN WTF AD INDUSTRY: I can’t even make time to explain this fucked-up image: This ad is actually running as a general market campaign in the U.S. Who thought this was a good idea? Apparently, a black man thought it was a good idea. According to Nivea, the chief creative on this account was African-American.

7 Billion: Are You Typical? — National Geographic Magazine @ Yahoo! Video

Just Typical: A person living in the United States under the spotlight of conservative American culture and the Western world—not to mention with help from advertisers and the media—would unfortunately believe the most typical person on the planet to be a Caucasian male. But, anyone with a drop common sense and some education would understand this idea to be false.

According to National Geographic, the world’s most typical person is a 28-year-old Han Chinese man. But, he won’t be for long. By the year 2030, the typical person will be a man around the same age hailing from India.

Not to go off topic, but I’m curious to understand why the fashion world is just now obsessed with marketing to the Chinese population when the world’s most typical person has always been a young Chinese man? It’s as if the fashion world never knew Chinese people existed and, abracadabra, they’ve made a new discovery!

Take a good look at the runways during the current fashion week season and you’ll notice the Western world’s token-du-jour: An Asian person. Maybe I’m overreacting, but I would be a little insulted if I were of Asian descent and I’m NOW being noticed. Thanks to a booming Chinese economy, it’s clear that money talks. But, there has always been money in China and other Asian countries.

What will happen come 2030? Will Indian be the next trend in the eyes of the Western world? My solution is to cut the bullshit and showcase diversity across the board. We all have spending power at the end of the day.

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L’Afrique, C’est Chic: Musical super-diva Beyonce Knowles has the Black community up in arms over her Fela Kuti-inspired photo spread in the March 2011 issue of L’Officiel. In a couple of shots, she’s photographed in “blackface”—a disrespectful nod to African-Americans on behalf of prejudiced Whites in early 20th-century American culture. Surprisingly (and unfortunately in the year 2011) the European fashion world has taken a sudden interest in “blackface” inspired photo spreads, an issue Robin Givhan documents in an incredible article for New York Magazine.

With so much controversy surrounding race in what some call a “post-racial society” (a term with little meaning), why would Beyonce—an incredibly talented woman dominating a marketplace teeming with the mediocre—resort to an absurd publicity stunt a la Lady Gaga?

Beyonce Knowles on the cover of the March 2011 issue of L’Officiel.

"The paint chip problem, revisited." - Robin Givhan

Spring/Summer 2011 Lanvin runway show

What I think is that that’s something she’s going to have to decide. I’m not going to put a label on it. I had to decide for myself, and that’s what she’s going to have to decide—how she identifies herself in the world. And I think, largely, that will be based on how the world identifies her. That’s how I identified myself…If you’re of multiple races, you have a different challenge, a unique challenge of embracing all of who you are but still finding a way to identify yourself, and I think that’s often hard for us to do…I identify as a Black woman, but I’ve always had to embrace my mother and the White side of who I am, too. By choosing, I’ve often [wondered], ‘Well, would that make her feel like I’m invalidating her by choosing to identify more with the Black side of myself?’

- Halle Berry discussing her and her daughter’s race in the latest issue of Ebony.

March 2011 issue of Ebony


“Revisionist History” the latest exhibit by artist George Thompson.

The gallery show at the Known Gallery tackles race issues by featuring a series of paintings depicting Ku Klux Klan members engaged in a game of basketball. The show runs from February 19th to March 12th, 2011.

His work sounds really interesting - a kind of fresh way to look at the Klan and the history of racism in Amerikkka. I would have loved to see close-ups of the work though.

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"Nearly 9 percent of all marriages in the United States in 2009 were interracial or interethnic, more than double the percentage in 1980. The rates of intermarriage vary widely depending on gender, race or ethnicity. Gender differences are most pronounced among blacks and Asians. Black men marry someone from a different group twice as often as black women do, while among Asians, the gender pattern is reversed. Over all, black Hispanics and American Indians have the highest rates of intermarriage. For Asians and white Hispanics, the rates of intermarriage have remained static or decreased." - The New York Times

In The Mix: New York Times writer Susan Saulny heads to the University of Maryland to talk with students about America’s ever-growing population of mixed-raced individuals and their impact on society.

"In another time or place, the game of “What Are You?” that was played one night last fall at the University of Maryland might have been mean, or menacing: Laura Wood’s peers were picking apart her every feature in an effort to guess her race.” -Susan Saulny

Photography by Stephen Crowley for The New York Times.

Racial profiling: The New York Times maps out the distribution of racial and ethnic groups, block by block, throughout America.


This was hilarious, ok? But, some maps are useful when they are made by smart people who care. You have to click on it though.

Mapping America: Every City, Every Block | nytimes.com

"America’s neighborhoods took large strides toward racial integration in the last decade as blacks and whites chose to live near each other at the highest levels in a century." - Washington (AP)

"Never mind what you’ve heard. Halle Berry was not the first black woman to win an Academy Award for Best Actress. She was actually the 74th white one. And never mind all this talk about America electing its first black President;  Barack Obama is actually the 44th white man to hold the job." - Jeffrey Kluger


If you are a woman, if you’re a person of colour, if you are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, if you are a person of size, if you are a person of intelligence, if you are a person of integrity, then you are considered a minority in this world….

When you don’t have self-esteem you will hesitate before you do anything in your life … You will hesitate to defend yourself when you are discriminated against because of your race, your sexuality, your size, your gender. You will hesitate to vote, you will hesitate to dream.

For us to have self-esteem is truly an act of revolution and our revolution is long overdue.

Margaret Cho (via queerliness)

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