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Does Patti LaBelle Owe James Wright Half Of Her Pie Selling Success?

Patti LaBelle is super grateful to James Wright, the man who recorded the wildly entertaining and now viral (over 3 million views and counting) YouTube review of Patti’s sweet potato pie. But she says her sales success at Wal-Mart is all her doing. In a...

Young Celie, Desreta Jackson Says Colorism In Hollywood Made Her Leave Hollywood After ‘The Color Purple’

Coming here from the islands, I didn’t even know that I was dark-skinned, there wasn’t a color issue in my head — Desreta Jackson Desreta Jackson, best known for playing Young Celie Johnson in the 1985 Oscar Nominated Drama The Color Purple (opposite Danny Glover,...

On Ebony’s 70th Anniversary “Power To The (100) People” Cover & The Perpetuation of Colorism

I want to preface this response to Ebony’s 70th anniversary cover featuring Harry Belafonte, Jesse Williams and Zendaya Coleman #EBONYPower100 (actors who #StandForSomething according to the magazine) by saying, unequivocally, that all “Black is Beautiful” and those who are willing to stand and fight for equality should...

White Chicago Cop Charged with First-Degree Murder for Killing Black Teen

The Chicago police officer involved in the 2014 shooting death of Laquan McDonald was charged with murder today, the Associated Press reports. Officer Jason Van Dyke, 37, was charged with first-degree murder at a bond hearing expected to be held later on today. It’s been 35 years since...