colorism

Zoe Saldana Is Partially At Fault For Nina, And Defending Her Doesn’t Help The Cause

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When the trailer for Nina was initially released, criticism was harsh and Zoe Saldana, the face of the ill-fated biopic, was heavily dragged through the mud for donning what looks like the equivalent of blackface to portray Nina Simone. In recent days, however, a number of...

Black And South Asian College Students Are Embracing Melanin And Stomping Out Colorism With This #UnfairAndLovely Campaign

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Melanin appreciation social media campaigns like #MelaninMonday, #BlackOutDay and #FlexinMyComplexion have deeply resonated with black women and girls pushing against the twisted status quo that says light skin is always more beautiful. But the pushing extends past the black community as the need to celebrate...

Here’s What Happened When a Woman Told Rihanna She’d Look Better White

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Rihanna has no shortage of rabid, dedicated fans, but one member of the Navy took things too far and ended up running afoul of the pop diva herself. Tweeting under the moniker @FlopStar, one alleged Rihanna fan attempted to troll the Bajan beauty (and the rest...

On Zoe Saldana, Nina Simone, Convenient Blackness and Colorism in the Dominican Republic

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.@zoesaldana Cool story but please take Nina's name out your mouth. For the rest of your life. — Nina Simone (@NinaSimoneMusic) March 3, 2016 This week, the trailer for the oft delayed Nina Simone biopic “Nina,” starring actress Zoe Saldana in the title role, was...

Your Self-Hate Is Showing: The Lesson In The Bullying Of Danielle ‘Jazz’ Noel

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Black people have a funny way of asking to be represented in all of our many shades and hair textures in the mainstream, but then openly shunning those who do penetrate those spaces when their physical appearance doesn’t fit our narrow, post-slavery ideals of beauty. See in the...

Janet Hubert on Hollywood: ‘Ghetto Has Become The New Black’

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Janet Hubert doesn’t bite her tongue. Not one bit. First she went after Jada Pinkett-Smith, and now she’s going after NeNe Leakes, and reality television. In an interview with LA Times, Hubert explained in details why she had an issue with Smith’s video. “I was...