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Nina Davuluri

South Asian Americans Want to Be Accepted -- Not Merely Tolerated

Ravleen Kaur | Posted 07.15.2016 | College
Ravleen Kaur

America is a melting pot of cultures -- but it seems like not all cultures and ethnicities are welcome. Unless, of course, their clothing is appropriated for profit or racial jokes are made at their expense for entertainment. It seems as if some Americans love everything about us... except us.

Seeing is Believing: Role Models Inspire Student Achievement

Stephen M. Coan | Posted 05.20.2014 | Impact
Stephen M. Coan

There she was: Miss America, certainly one of the best-known personalities in the United States, if not the world. Once judged on certain "finishing ...

Former NBA Star & Miss America support Anti-Bullying Campaign

Darryl Roberts | Posted 02.01.2014 | Impact
Darryl Roberts

Before bullying can be severely curbed, it seems that parents, teachers and students must learn how to recognize it.

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.

Changing The Job Description From Bullying to Supporting Our Peers

Amy Crain | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Amy Crain

Should being a teenager or simply existing "come with the job" of being bullied?

Miss America and the Short, Dark Man

Samrat | Posted 01.23.2014 | Comedy
Samrat

When you're a short man, life is sad. The days stretch endlessly towards a great void. We wonder whence we came, and where we are headed. In other words, with no sex to distract us from more meaningful pursuits, we become philosophers.

Miss America Nina Davuluri Speaks About Need for Diversity at Anti-Bullying Symposium

Darryl Roberts | Posted 11.30.2013 | Impact
Darryl Roberts

The most impressive thing to me about this 20 city anti-bullying symposium is that it came to fruition as a result of a 17-year-old girl speaking up and a multi-billion-dollar company listening.

Solidarity for Women of Color in the Public Eye

Atima Omara | Posted 09.27.2013 | Women
Atima Omara

Instead of dismissing Nina Davuluri because she participated in a beauty pageant, why not stand with her when she asserts a woman of color's right to be who she is and exist no matter what the context?

Beauty Pageants and High School Queens: Is it Psychologically Good for Us?

Anne Speckhard | Posted 11.23.2013 | Women
Anne Speckhard

For a country that got rid of royalty on its road to independence it seems Americans could also now grasp the wisdom of doing away with the hierarchal idea of beauty queens as well. Can't we see the beauty in everyone and celebrate without any beauty king or queen being crowned among us?

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.

In Our Changing Nation, Who Is Miss America?

Angela Glover Blackwell | Posted 11.20.2013 | Black Voices
Angela Glover Blackwell

What a sad commentary on the values of some Americans. It suggests a super narrow and wrong view of the nation. Why is it that a Miss America who is not white engenders so much angst in the populous?

Miss America 2014: From Racist Rants to Multiculturalism

Parthiv N. Parekh | Posted 11.19.2013 | Media
Parthiv N. Parekh

A few hundred reactive tweets do not represent the national character. Indeed, it is not the fringe, but rather the establishment of the country that is a better indicator of shifting national paradigms.

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.

What Duke Students Are Saying About the Miss America Backlash

Jacob Tobia | Posted 11.19.2013 | College
Jacob Tobia

On Sunday, Nina Davuluri was the first Indian-American woman to be crowned Miss America, and Twitter exploded with racist, xenophobic, and islamophobic comments about the choice. The next day, students at Duke University made a video about what they think about the backlash. Check it out, and make your own! Do you #StandwithNina?

PHOTOS: Boundary Breaking Beauties Meet!

The Huffington Post | Rhonesha Byng | Posted 09.19.2013 | Black Voices

Two women who broke color barriers and made history had the chance to meet for the first time on Wednesday. The first Indian American Miss America...

In 2013, Can People of Indian Descent Be American?

Sarika Arya | Posted 11.18.2013 | College
Sarika Arya

Where do I come from? When people ask me this, I usually say America. "No," they persist, "where are you from?" What they are really asking me is, "Why are you brown?" (Or, as my mother likes to say, "golden." Right on, Mom.)

The More Things Change, the More They Remain the Same

Tamara Jacobs | Posted 11.18.2013 | Style
Tamara Jacobs

We've come a long way since the world was electrified when an outstanding Jewish girl named Bess Myerson was crowned Miss America in 1945.

Dear World, Nina Davuluri Is 'American Enough'

Munmun Khan | Posted 11.17.2013 | Women
Munmun Khan

Doesn't Nina also represent "what is best of America"? Her parents immigrated here 30 years ago, her dad is a physician, she graduated from a top university and she is headed to med school.

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.

Nina Davuluri's Story Is an American Story, Not an Indian One

Sandip Roy | Posted 11.17.2013 | Entertainment
Sandip Roy

It's understandable we may all want to bask in her newly crowned glory, but Nina Davuluri is not Indian. She's American through and through. Born in Syracuse, raised in Oklahoma and Michigan -- this is a 100 percent American story.

Miss America and the Indian Beauty Myth

Asha Rangappa | Posted 11.17.2013 | Women
Asha Rangappa

The pushback is heartening and well-intentioned, but misses what ought to be the real shame target: India. After all, despite being a country of almost a billion people, India has left it to America to crown the first Indian beauty queen who looks... well, Indian.

Colbert LOLs At Miss America's Racist Critics

The Huffington Post | Ross Luippold | Posted 09.17.2013 | Comedy

When Nina Davuluri was crowned Miss America and made history as the first Indian-American to hold the title, the racist corner of the Internet predict...

Nina Davuluri Is the Future of America

Andrew Lam | Posted 11.16.2013 | Entertainment
Andrew Lam

Nina Davuluri is the first Indian-American to hold the title of Miss America and it should be something for all Americans to celebrate. Her story, after all, is one of the more optimistic news about immigration in recent times

I'm Celebrating the New Miss America.. And It's Not Why You Think

Riddhi Shah | Posted 11.16.2013 | World
Riddhi Shah

Whatever my feelings toward beauty pageants and all the ways in which they make young women feel inadequate, at least this time, the world's most influential country is showing my people that a deep velvet brown complexion is nothing to be ashamed of.

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.