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The Soapbox: On Blackface, White Privilege & Why Distancing Myself From White People Doesn’t Make Me Racist

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I am a 23-year-old black woman who, for a long time, tried to have discussions with white people about racism in America. I went to a white, liberal college in New York City where I thought such exchanges were welcomed. I actually believed there could...

PR Fail: Hennessy Shares List of ‘Mixed Drinks MLK Jr. Would Be Proud of’

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Cognac brand Hennessy is coming under fire for a recent PR release to publications by the liquor brand encouraging people to celebrate Martin Luther King Day not by giving back to their communities, or spending time in thoughtful reflection, but by mixing up a drink...

Giant Supermarket Apologizes For Ad Targeting Howard University Students But Featuring A White Girl

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A recent Giant Supermarket ad for their O Street, NW DC location had people riled up. The ad, which was targeting Howard University students in the area, featured a young white woman. And now I’ll direct you to the Twitter outrage: Giant extended an apology...

Vanity Fair Accused of Lightening Lupita Nyongo’s Skin, But Did They?

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Hollywood it girl, Lupita Nyong’o is having one hell of a year. The 30-year-old Yale School of Drama graduate came out of left field when she mesmerized audiences in her first-ever film role in the Oscar-nominated drama 12 Years a Slave. Since then she’s racked...

Photo Exhibit Captures The Exploitive Nature of “Nannyism”

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Photographer Ellen Jacob’s current exhibition reflects a curious theme. Cared for by a Black nanny herself as a child, the NYC Upper East Side artist became fascinated by the number of “black women pushing white babies around” on Manhattan’s affluent Upper West Side, MailOnline reports....

Janelle Monáe Visits ‘Sesame Street’

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Janelle Monáe recently taped an appearance on “Sesame Street” to celebrate the show’s 45th season. Monáe’s song, “The Power of Yet,” will teach people about persevering. “I am so excited to be living one of my dreams — to be here on ‘Sesame Street,’. I’m...