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Cultural Appropriation

7 Myths About Cultural Appropriation Debunked In This Video

The Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 11.20.2015 | Black Voices

While it's great to be interested in a culture outside of your own, there's a fine line between cultural appreciation and cultural appropriation. ...

Love in the Time of ISIS

Jock Gilchrist | Posted 11.19.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Jock Gilchrist

Perhaps the reason these attacks strike such fear and despair into our hearts is because they threaten to confirm our deeper fears: that we're not one, that we're not together, that we are alone in a harsh world. Let's not give that fear a chance to take root and grow.

Who Speaks for Spirit and Pagan Infighting

Wes Isley | Posted 11.06.2015 | Religion
Wes Isley

Deciding how we as individuals feel about deities, rituals and practices comes down to our own unverified personal gnosis. It's always been this way and always will be, regardless of whether you're Christian, Pagan, Muslim, Jewish or something else. But can we not allow others the freedom to believe differently than we do?

Is This The Right Way For Fashion To Do Cultural Appropriation?

The Huffington Post | Krithika Varagur | Posted 11.10.2015 | Style

Fixers is a series from What's Working that profiles the people behind the most creative solutions to big problems.  Halloween se...

The Fine Line Between Cultural Appropriation and Cultural Diffusion

Rachel Eckhardt | Posted 11.04.2015 | Politics
Rachel Eckhardt

Determining when the line between cultural diffusion and cultural appropriation has been crossed presents several challenges, starting with the difficulty of ascertaining the difference between the two.

A Quick Word From Lucifer On Cultural Appropriation

Katie Tandy | Posted 11.02.2015 | Comedy
Katie Tandy

The REAL sin here--if you will--is the appropriation of moi, Satan. Is nothing sacred on your fetid little blue orb?!

Why Pocahottie Should Be Pocanottie This Halloween

Kelsie Brynn Jones | Posted 10.28.2015 | Style
Kelsie Brynn Jones

There is a difference between being inspired by an indigenous culture and appropriating it, especially while that culture is very much alive; which brings me to the endless stream of Pocahotties and headdresses seen at almost every Halloween party or street parade.

How to Dress as a Trans Person for Halloween

Sidney Chase | Posted 10.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Sidney Chase

Trans bodies are not costumes. Our identities are not masks we can take on and off freely. Whether we express this outwardly or only on the inside, it does not change the people we've always known we are.

17 Ways Amandla Stenberg Flawlessly Exemplified Black Girl Magic

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 10.23.2015 | Black Voices

Amandla Stenberg turns 17 today!  The actress, activist and all-around badass teen has attracted a legion of new fans over the last few months wh...

What Cosmopolitan's Kardashian cover says about black erasure in America

Lakin Starling | Posted 10.05.2015 | Black Voices
Lakin Starling

In between the lines of the glossy pages touched with the Kardashian spell, the Obamas have been blurred out for a family that has not used their stan-factor to offer any substantial social impact in this country.

Why It Isn't Possible For Black Americans To Appropriate African Culture

The Huffington Post | Julia Craven | Posted 09.30.2015 | Black Voices

Columbus Fortune was the name given to my great-great grandmother’s grandfather. I only know this because my Nana is a stickler for attempting ...

T.I. Has Parted Ways With Iggy Azalea

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 09.18.2015 | Entertainment

T.I. says he and Iggy Azalea have taken a "bit of a rest stop" with their professional relationship.  The rapper sat down for an interview on th...

The Complex Art of Reclaiming African Culture

Cierra Lockett | Posted 09.15.2015 | Black Voices
Cierra Lockett

Are African-Americans appropriating the fashion and other aspects of African lifestyles, or are they rightfully reclaiming their culture?

Bethann Hardison On Fashion Diversity, 'I've Gotta Keep Calling People Out'

The Huffington Post | Julee Wilson | Posted 09.16.2015 | Style

Bethann Hardison, renowned fashion activist and former model, is the authority when it comes to diversity within the fashion industry. Hardison h...

On Dashikis and Face Paint: Decolonizing the African Culture Line

Tyree A. Boyd-Pates | Posted 09.10.2015 | Black Voices
Tyree A. Boyd-Pates

When Black Americans and others within the Diaspora employ aspects of African culture, they do so in an attempt to associate themselves with their long lost homeland. Some do this more consciously than others, but regardless of the surface-level motivation, it is all rooted in a genuine desire to connect with a stolen legacy.

Taylor Swift's 'Wildest Dreams' Video Has a Major Race Problem

The Daily Dot | Posted 09.03.2015 | Entertainment
The Daily Dot

An homage to a love triangle about white colonialists is going to present some, uh, challenges to an artist who just wants to make a three-minute music video to put on her VEVO page -- and Taylor Swift found that out the hard way. The singer debuted her vid for "Wildest Dreams" at the VMAs Sunday night, and even the most casual observer would have noticed that -- for a clip that's set in Africa -- it's about as white as a Sunday morning farmer's market.

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.

Amandla Stenberg On Science, Activism And Her Idols

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 08.17.2015 | Black Voices

She schooled the world on cultural appropriation, and even called out Kylie Jenner as an example of it. She took Jaden Smith to p...

2015: The Year We Stopped Putting Up With Your Shit

Christian Gabriel | Posted 08.16.2015 | Black Voices
Christian Gabriel

How are elite businessmen supposed to continue to fill their private prisons with poor and working class people of color, mostly blacks, if that system is challenged and dismantled? It's ludicrous!

The Fine Line Between Cultural Appreciation And Appropriation

The Huffington Post | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 08.13.2015 | Black Voices

Black Twitter eviscerated Allure magazine's tone deaf afro hair tutorial earlier this month and reignited the ongoing conversation abou...

Kylie Jenner Was Clearly Unfazed By Appropriation Criticism, Because She's Back In Cornrows

The Huffington Post | Stephanie Marcus | Posted 08.12.2015 | Entertainment

Kylie Jenner is either a glutton for punishment, or she was just really unfazed by claims she was appropriating black culture the last time share...

Amandla Stenberg Is Fearless And Awesome In 'Dazed' Magazine

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 08.12.2015 | Black Voices

Amandla Stenberg is oozing #BlackGirlMagic on the latest cover of ‘Dazed’ magazine.  The 16-year-old "Hunger Games" star posed o...

Open Letter to Allure, The New York Times and Other "Lamestream" Publications: If You Don't Know, You Better Ask Somebody

Ama Yawson | Posted 08.07.2015 | Media
Ama Yawson

You know the drill. One of you mainstream, aka "lamestream," publications publishes an article or statement perhaps about a "current" topic and diverse readers lash out against you all for cultural insensitivity, cultural appropriation, or general cluelessness.

Revisiting My Roots -- Happy Nappy

Ronda Lee | Posted 08.05.2015 | Women
Ronda Lee

The journey has been enlightening. Going natural put me more in touch with my roots, not just my hair follicles but the culture and history of black hair and how black women were socialized to be ashamed of our natural hair.

It's A Slap In The Face When White Women Wear Black Hairstyles

The Huffington Post | Zeba Blay | Posted 08.04.2015 | Black Voices

The concept of cultural appropriation has become a frequent topic of conversation, but still, the fashion world continues to make the most painfu...