blackness

Gabrielle Union Interviews Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil Who Reveal, ‘We’re Black on Purpose’

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Being Mary Jane star Gabrielle Union interviewed her bosses Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil for The Hollywood Reporter. In the interview they covered what inspired the show, turning it from a tv movie to a series, and if they write specifically for a Black...

Dear Black People: Stop Rewarding Whites Who Behave Badly With ‘Honorary Blackness’

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Justin Bieber’s recent arrest has sparked more than a few jokes about the future of the Beeb’s career. While many of us shook our head at his antics, others apparently used his run-in with the law as further proof that the Canadian musician’s bad boy...

SUPPORT: Dr. Yaba Blay’s (1)ne Drop, Shifting the Lens on Race

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Dr. Yaba Blay has been on a mission to uncover what it means to be Black. Is Blackness solely defined by skin color? Cultural ties? Attitude? Conditioning? Through her  (1) Drop Project, and now forthcoming book, (1)ne Drop, Shifting the Lens on Race, Blay “seeks to...

Is It Time to Do Away With The ‘One-Drop’ Rule?

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Untangling the one-drop rule in America may be damn near impossible. It is so deeply rooted in our collective history that it would take generations to unravel. Dismantling this system of thought would require many to rethink how we see and define blackness, which for many, especially biracial individuals, is an extremely personal choice. But should we try? Should everyone with a black great-great grandparent or ancestor be forced to identify as black?

Republican Pundit Questions if MSNBC’s Karen Finney is “Black Enough”

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Why is our blackness always up for debate? Karen Finney, the former deputy press secretary for Hillary Clinton, was announced as the host of a new show on MSNBC, airing on weekends from 4-5 PM EST. As part of the press rollout for the show,...