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Skin-Whitener Commercial Showing Actress In Blackface Is Pulled

Associated Press | Lee Moran | Posted 01.08.2016 | Black Voices

BANGKOK (AP) — A Thai cosmetics company quickly pulled a video in which an actress wears blackface and promotes a skin-whitener with the slogan...

White Lady Thought Posing In Blackface Would Help Save Africa

The Huffington Post | Zeba Blay | Posted 01.07.2016 | Black Voices

Hungarian artist Boglarka Balogh wanted to bring awareness to African tribal women "at the brink of extinction." Her contribution: sharing a tone...

Jason Aldean Slammed For Wearing Blackface On Halloween

The Huffington Post | Joe Satran | Posted 11.11.2015 | Entertainment

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Blackface on Campuses: Yale and Mizzou

Ronda Lee | Posted 11.11.2015 | College
Ronda Lee

I take offense against Erika Christakis, Nicholas Christakis and their supporters. If students had a party themed "Come as a Jew, holocaust victim or Hitler," there would be a collective uproar, no "Look away and stop being overly sensitive."

A Glance At Recent Racial Tension On American College Campuses

AP | Mehreen Kasana | Posted 11.10.2015 | College

A glance at several recent incidents on U.S. college campuses involving race: Nov. 9, 2015: The heads of the University of Missouri System and its ...

Here's A Reminder Not To Wear Blackface This Halloween (Or Ever)

The Huffington Post | Julia Craven | Posted 10.30.2015 | Politics

Halloween is this Saturday. On Sunday, we'll wake up to a story that reads like this: A photo has surfaced on social media, showing a (probably white,...

Americans Say They're OK With Blackface, Other Offensive Costumes

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 10.31.2015 | Politics

Americans generally think it's fine for people to wear potentially offensive Halloween costumes, including blackface, a new HuffPost/YouGov poll finds...

Blackface On Halloween: A Definitive List Of Do's And Don'ts

The Huffington Post | Aaron Nemo | Posted 10.30.2015 | Comedy

It's the day before the much-hyped Halloween bash and you're PANICKING. As you try on the Mother Teresa costume that hilariously contradicts your lac...

Alabama Teacher Poses In Kanye West Blackface For Halloween Party

The Huffington Post | Kimberley Richards | Posted 10.27.2015 | Black Voices

Halloween is around the corner and the blackface-wearing-costume saga continues. A Facebook photo emerging of a white Alabama elementary school teach...

More Than What Is: What Ought to Be

Cheryl I. Harris | Posted 10.24.2015 | Black Voices
Cheryl I. Harris

Balancing the guarantee of freedom of expression with the right to be free of racist oppression underlies this dispute and illustrates why the debate over the students' conduct must go beyond the question of what the law is, and consider the question of what the law should be.

The Met Is Finally Putting An End To Using 'Blackface'

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 09.23.2015 | Black Voices

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Your Guide to Avoiding Cultural Appropriation

Kadia Blagrove | Posted 08.30.2015 | Black Voices
Kadia Blagrove

Are my examples of this style diverse? Fashion and beauty media, this one is for you. Cornrows, box braids, bantu knots, saris, dashikis and everything else that is outside of white American culture aren't new or fresh simply because you finally recognized its existence.

Model Winnie Harlow Says Fan Tributes Are Not Blackface

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 08.24.2015 | Black Voices

Model Winnie Harlow took to Instagram over the weekend to speak out about a blackface controversy regarding her fans.  Harlow, whose real name i...

Blackface Show Benefitting Cops Indicted In Freddie Gray Death Nixed

Associated Press | Andrew Hart | Posted 07.22.2015 | Black Voices

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The venue where a former Baltimore police officer said he planned to perform an Al Jolson routine in blackface says it wo...

The Bizarre Way Wearing Masks Helps Employees Relax

Van Winkle's | Posted 07.17.2015 | Business
Van Winkle's

Why a company would go to such extreme (and unsettling) measures to shield the emotions of their employees is a mystery. Perhaps they're taking the phrase "office drones" a bit too seriously.

Amandla Stenberg Calls Out Kylie Jenner For Cultural Appropriation

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 07.12.2015 | Black Voices

Again? Amandla Stenberg has schooled everyone in the past about the unfortunate reality of cultural appropriation -- but it appears Kylie Jenner...

George Takei Apologizes For Calling Clarence Thomas A 'Clown In Blackface'

The Huffington Post | Kelly Chen | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

George Takei has apologized for referring to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas as "a clown in blackface." In a Facebook update posted on Frida...

The Major Problem With Comparing Rachel Dolezal To Caitlyn Jenner

The Huffington Post | Zeba Blay | Posted 06.15.2015 | Black Voices

When news broke that Rachel Dolezal, the Spokane NAACP chapter president and a professor of African-American Studies at Eastern Washington University,...

Actor Slams American Ballet Theater's 'Jim Crow' Production Of 'Othello'

The Huffington Post | Michael McLaughlin | Posted 06.16.2015 | Black Voices

A professional actor who attended the American Ballet Theater's production of "Othello" sent a fiery letter to the company decrying its use of dark ma...

Changing Perspectives on Racism

Hasna El Maroudi | Posted 06.03.2015 | World
Hasna El Maroudi

Living in a society where we spend most of our time staring at a screen, be it smartphone, iPad, laptop or television, having a show that reflects on modern society, like Scandal, is especially important.

This Video Is Funny But It Will Make You Think Seriously About Fashion Diversity

The Huffington Post | Julee Wilson | Posted 03.25.2015 | Style

We're fully aware there is a lack of diversity within the fashion industry. There are hardly any black designers, the runway is almost completely whit...

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The Reason I Do NOT Think This Is Blackface | Julee Wilson | Posted 03.02.2015 | Style

UPDATE: Designer Claudio Cutugno has responded to the blackface allegations in a statement to E! News: "I think is a pleasure to have the chance to...

Mary Cheney: What A Drag!

Walt Hawkins | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Walt Hawkins

Every so often, a member of the Cheney family has to publicly utter something patently off-the-mark, lest we all forget what truly awful people they are. This time, it was Mary Cheney's turn at bat and, in true-to-her-family form, she pretty much knocked it out of the ballpark of asininity.

Mary Cheney, Here's Why Drag and Blackface Are Different (VIDEO)

Matt Baume | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Matt Baume

Next time someone asks why drag is OK and blackface isn't, you can tell them that drag is an expression of yourself, whereas blackface is an attack on someone else; blackface reinforces an imbalance of power, whereas drag disassembles an imbalance of power; blackface is a relic, whereas drag is what we all do, every day, every time we put on clothes.

Dear Mary Cheney: Here Are Reasons Why Drag Is Socially Acceptable and Blackface Is Not

Domenick Scudera | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Domenick Scudera

Drag is a celebration. Drag is an attitude. Characterizing drag queens as "bitchy, catty, dumb, slutty" is reductive and insulting. The female persona created by a drag queen is robust, powerful, enduring. She has moxie, smarts, humor and beauty.