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Nina Davuluri Miss America

Dark Skin = Un-American?

Reef Karim, D.O. | Posted 11.19.2013 | Entertainment
Reef Karim, D.O.

Apparently being American means being white and having a name everyone's familiar with.It means being comfortable with what you know and who you know. It means being fearful of the unknown. And it means not having dark skin.

Miss America or Miss 7/11?

Vishakha N. Desai | Posted 11.23.2013 | Women
Vishakha N. Desai

The truth is that it's one thing to accept Indian-Americans or brown skin people in professional fields, like medicine, computer science, or finance. But when it come to ideas of beauty and national concepts of beauty, old habits die hard, if at all.

The First Asian American Miss America Responds to the Hate

Noel Alumit | Posted 11.19.2013 | Entertainment
Noel Alumit

It is a small sorority of women who can call themselves Miss America. It gets even smaller when you consider how many women of color have won. This week, the sisterhood of Asian Miss Americas has grown to two.

The Miss America Backlash Is an Opportunity We Can't Miss

Rashad Robinson | Posted 11.17.2013 | Black Voices
Rashad Robinson

Racist backlash against Davuluri is just one thread in the tapestry of marginalization women of color face, as their real experiences and perspectives are often rendered invisible in exchange for one-dimensional, dehumanizing representations in the media.

Miss America Meets Bollywood: Democracy and the Promise of Popular Culture

Vamsee Juluri | Posted 11.16.2013 | World
Vamsee Juluri

Amidst the celebrations (and the wholly unnecessary controversies) about the crowning of Nina Davuluri as Miss America, we should not forget that events like beauty contests and talent shows often function as an informal mirror to the voices of the people in a democratic culture.

You Don't Need To Be Blonde To Be Miss America, Folks

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 09.16.2013 | Religion

Twitter erupted in a flurry of indignation as Miss New York, Nina Davuluri, was crowned as this year's Miss America, with some of the milder Tweets cl...

Stop Making Stupid People Famous

Dan Treadway | Posted 11.16.2013 | Media
Dan Treadway

Many of us, and this is a trap I often fall into, are desperate to put ignorant comments on blast in order to feel a sort of moral superiority. Doing so never actually makes us feel better, but rather just fills us with an anger that we secretly probably love because it reaffirms our own beliefs.

Miss New York Wins Miss America, Makes History

Posted 09.16.2013 | TV

The Miss America Pageant crowned its 2014 winner at the 87th annual event, held at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. It was both a historic...