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From Ratchet to Riches: The Reality of Black Women on Reality TV

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Lifetime recently announced that it was cancelling its newest reality show, BAPs. BAPs stood for Black American Princesses and Princes and followed a crew of female and male friends who were allegedly affluent and part of the Black bourgeoisie of St. Louis. It seemed that...

“Swagger Wagon” is Funny Because Black People are Terrifying

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By now, you’ve probably seen Toyota’s ‘Swagger Wagon’ video, the newest blaxploitation ad that the internet is scratching its head about. It’s a little strange to think that just last year, the internet was fawning over the ‘Just Checking’ Cheerios commercial, which featured an interracial...

The Real Problem With Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” Cover Art & Her “Black Jezebel” Brand

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Last week, Nicki Minaj released the artwork for her new single “Anaconda,” featuring the rapper in a squat position with her large posterior aimed directly at viewers. The image was met with mostly support from fans and critics but some questioned if the image was “too racy.” In...

The Era of the Bad B*tch: How It Hurts Our Black Women

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Outspoken, arrogant, and unfaltering to criticism, she sits erect on an unconquerable throne surrounded by the riches and spoils of a life of nonchalance. Competition? Please. On what planet? Men and women idolize everything she touches, emulate everything she wears, and envy her life. With...

Debbie Allen on Diversity on TV: It’s An Old Convo That Will End With a Melting Pot Race

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Dancer and director Debbie Allen has been in the acting game long enough to see the changes in how black women are depicted on television. Allen grew up during a time when Diahann Carroll and Diana Ross were on the screen, but images like theirs...

Is Lupita’s ‘Teeny Weeny Afro’ Changing the View of Beauty?

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A group of 20 nine and 10-year-old African-American girls at Chicago’s Dewey Elementary Academy of Fine Arts agreed that a woman with short, kinky hair wasn’t beautiful – until Ladon Brumfield, the director of a project empowering young girls, passed around a photo of Lupita...