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Cultural Appropriation

Zendaya Breaks Down The Difference Between Cultural Appropriation and Appreciation

The Huffington Post | Zeba Blay | Posted 08.03.2015 | Black Voices

Zendaya Coleman made headlines earlier this year when she wrote a response to  E! host Giuliana Rancic's racist comments about the fau...

31 Things White People Should Culturally Appropriate

Terrence Chappell | Posted 07.31.2015 | Black Voices
Terrence Chappell

Appropriators are doing themselves a great disservice if they think the Black experience is just limited to hairstyles and hip-hop. I decided to put together a list things White people really should be appropriating, so they can truly have a holistic, intimate grasp on Blackness.

Fade to White: Examining the "Cultural Smudging" Effect On Black Music

EBONY.com | Posted 07.28.2015 | Black Voices
EBONY.com

From blue-eyed soul to straight-up theft, Black music has long been imitated and acculturated by Whites. we take a look at the difference between flattery and misappropriation.

Why Trans People Need To Be Involved In Telling Trans Stories

Jules Horowitz | Posted 07.24.2015 | Gay Voices
Jules Horowitz

It is exciting to see our stories being told and winning awards, but should we be concerned that transgender people have little involvement in the story telling?

'Whiteness Goggles' Set Out To Change How You See Cultural Appropriation

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 07.21.2015 | Arts

Having a hard time understanding the meaning of appropriation? Take a look at Portland-based artist Roger Peet's handy "Whiteness Goggles" series. In...

Cultural Appropriation Isn't Okay, Neither is Attacking Kids

Demetria Lucas D'Oyley | Posted 07.15.2015 | Black Voices
Demetria Lucas D'Oyley

Andy Cohen is messy. We know this. That said, he got too messy labeling 16-year-old actress Amandla Stenberg "Jackhole of the Day" on Sunday night's episode of Watch What Happens Live. What's worse, Laverne Cox and Andre Leon Talley, two Black folk, sat there and let that slide.

Cultural Appropriation: It's Not About Kylie Jenner's Braids

Kadia Blagrove | Posted 07.15.2015 | Black Voices
Kadia Blagrove

The moment mainstream media respectfully recognizes, acknowledges and represents the source, purpose, and most importantly the people behind different cultures, rather than reduce it to just costumes or hot trends, is the moment we can begin to define "cultural exchange."

Laverne Cox: 10 Seconds Isn't Enough To Unpack Cultural Appropriation

The Huffington Post | Zeba Blay | Posted 07.15.2015 | Black Voices

Laverne Cox has come out to defend herself against criticism of a recent television appearance, during which Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live" host A...

Justin Bieber Defends Kylie Jenner And Her Cornrows

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 07.14.2015 | Entertainment

Justin Bieber went to Kylie Jenner's defense after the reality star was accused of appropriating black culture after styling her hair in cornrows.&nbs...

5 Things Wrong with the Reaction to Amandla Stenberg's Words

Camryn Garrett | Posted 07.14.2015 | Teen
Camryn Garrett

Everyone leaves comments on celebrity Instagram pictures. It's just a thing that people do now. Some leave pleasent comments, others leave hateful messages, and some try to use high profile accounts to promote themselves.

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...

Museum's 'Kimono Wednesdays' Cancelled After Claims Of Racism

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 07.09.2015 | Arts

"Kimono Wednesdays" sounds more like an ill-advised sorority ritual than sanctioned museum programming. And yet, this month, at the MFA Boston, museum...

The Transparency of a "Incog-Negro"

Irene Monroe | Posted 06.22.2015 | Black Voices
Irene Monroe

Dolezal's white-to-black "passing" is the complication of both white guilt and white rage in an era of Affirmative Action.

What Does It Mean to Be Black?

Chad Williams | Posted 06.17.2015 | Black Voices
Chad Williams

We've gone from gross insensitivity to obnoxious oversensitivity. If we are to agree that both race and gender are social constructs, then how can we logically condemn one for identifying with a different race while lauding one for identifying with a different gender?

Rachel Dolezal On 'Today': 'I Identify As Black'

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 06.17.2015 | Black Voices

Rachel Dolezal, the embattled former NAACP leader whose white parents say she misrepresented her identity by masquerading as a black woman for years, ...

Rachel Dolezal's Artwork Is Not Only Problematic, It Might Be Plagiarized

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 06.16.2015 | Arts

Rachel Dolezal, the former president of the NAACP chapter in Spokane, Washington, who was "outed as white" last week after allegedly pretending to be ...

Are You African American?: I Don't Understand the Question

Marcia Dawkins | Posted 06.12.2015 | Black Voices
Marcia Dawkins

A curious case of passing took center stage on social media this week. Enter Rachel Dolezal, the 37-year-old artist, professor and NAACP leader from Spokane, Washington who is allegedly passing as black.

Making Modesty Acceptable

Attiya Latif | Posted 06.01.2015 | Style
Attiya Latif

When Kendall Jenner decides to wear pants with a dress, she makes a statement about the way modest apparel, and indeed cultural dress in general, is perceived based upon the wearer.

Beneath the Debate of the Washington 'Redskins' Name is an Underlying Truth: The Vast Majority of Americans Have a Limited -- and Often Mistaken -- Understanding of Native American History

National Museum of the American Indian | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics
National Museum of the American Indian

The controversy surrounding the Washington football team name is in some ways a bellwether. Americans do not know enough about our shared history even to be properly offended at the lack of an inclusive narrative that illuminates the history of this continent in all of its complexity.

16-year-old Amandla Stenberg Schools Everyone On Cultural Appropriation

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 04.14.2015 | Black Voices

“What would America be like if we loved black people as much as we love black culture?” That’s the question 16-year-old Amandla Stenberg, th...

Oh My Gods: The Triumphs of a Little Brown Kid

Sutheshna Mani | Posted 06.01.2015 | Religion
Sutheshna Mani

To me, all faiths shared similarities, and my childhood naiveté could not comprehend tension and factionalism within and between these religions. I was also incapable of understanding why my teacher went so in-depth with the Abrahamic faiths, but skipped over the eastern religions, including mine.

I'm A Bad Feminist, But Not Because I Don't Like Iggy Azalea

Olivia Cole | Posted 04.19.2015 | Women
Olivia Cole

Being a feminist does not provide a "get out of racism free" card, and that is the card Iggy has been playing over and over since her rise to fame, which a lot of folks seem to have a whole deck of, from dismissive reactions to Susan B. Anthony's racism to flippancy regarding Madonna's use of the N-word.

Sia's SNL Mime and Sign Language in Pop Music

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 03.22.2015 | Impact
Lydia L. Callis

There is a fine line between showcasing the beauty of ASL, and utilizing sign language as a gimmick. Hearing artists often toe this line without even considering the opportunities that exist for better collaboration.

Why (Another) Urban Outfitters Fiasco Still Makes Me Angry

Simran Kaur | Posted 02.09.2015 | Impact
Simran Kaur

This is not about demonizing Urban Outfitters. It is about refusing to support entities that actively engage in racism via cultural appropriation.

Without the Headdress, Without Ellie Goulding

Megan Red Shirt-Shaw | Posted 01.13.2015 | Women
Megan Red Shirt-Shaw

I had a really hard time reading your piece about Ellie Goulding wearing a headdress. Even harder than Pharrell Williams, even harder than the usual headdress or Native American stereotyping pieces I come across on a daily basis.