Everyone has and is a different definition of blackness, but when one chooses to actually dissociate, he or she is severing the connection to a cultural group.
You probably know someone just like Raven-Symoné. The beleaguered co-host of The View just can't keep her foot out of her mouth when it comes to matters of race. The former child star proudly proclaimed she wouldn't hire someone with a "Black" name like "Watermelondrea." It took her fellow panelists to issue a course correction, with Paula Faris calling out the discriminatory attitude. Even Joy Behar offered a friendly reminder that white people love naming their children after fruits, vegetables, and all kinds of weird things (Apple Martin, anyone?). Dare I say it, Raven, but that's so internalized racism.
The take-away from Raven-Symoné's statement is to indeed agree with her own self-assessment that she is a victim--a broken, twisted soul that has suffered some kind of trauma.
Black celebrities are in a unique position in that they are often revered by both their own people and the greater society. They must be aware that their words and deeds will be heard and seen by the entire world.
So, as I look ahead to graduation and re-entering the job market, I know that I'll continue to face discrimination because of my name. I only pray that Raven-Symoné and anyone who would discriminate against me, or anyone else, won't hire me. I've got much better things to do with my time.
How dare you, Raven hyphen alternate spelling of "Simone?" Sitting there with a head full of colorful weave, the same sort of hair that was "ghetto," "tacky," "low-class" and "unacceptable" until it made it's way until the pages of mainstream fashion magazines?
It bothers me that Perez apologized for being offended by such an offensive comment. It bothers me even more that she shifted the issue from Osbourne's problematic comment to her sensitivity. Dear Rosie, you were not being too sensitive. Please stop apologizing.
The View is trading intelligence for stupid. With Season 18 of The View coming to a close this week on ABC, the once ground breaking show continues its slow slide into irrelevance with news of its recent cast changes.
Instead of leading from behind, hire a robust and exciting panel that re-engages the program's core 25-54 demographic which is being lost to its competition, and bring an aging platform into the 21st century by way of social media. Here's who should get the call.
Black America, we have so much to actually learn about Africa -- and yes, it does matter. For far too long, our perceptions have been negatively impacted by white dominated narratives that have plagued our grade school text books and public discourse about the Motherland.
We all have a story. My story is that I was born in Chicago to a Muslim father and Christian mother. I was born to parents that came to America to flee persecution and war and to strive for the American dream. My story isn't that much different than other American Muslims. I
As I begin to look forward to what awaits me in the Motherland, my Facebook timeline and social media accounts are filled with ignorance and caution about any and everything African.
Refusing a label or claiming humanism does not excuse Raven from the responsibility she bears as a participant in communities where people are fighting and dying to exist. Nor does it help deconstruct the racist, homophobic systems prevalent in America.
Let Raven-Symoné act and sing; let Pharrell make music; let Oprah interview them. If their comments surrounding race, sexuality, culture, or equality spark conversations that help us move to a better understanding of these and other important issues then they've done more than what's in their job descriptions.
In The Brady Bunch's fifth and final season, all of the Brady kids were looking a little long in the tooth. As a last-minute gambit to salvage the show, eight-year-old Cousin Oliver joined the family, and oh, the hijinks and hilarity that ensued.
When HuffPost asked me to do some Fashion Week coverage for them, I looked down at my Payless flats and canvas carry-all and said, essentially, Moi? Arianna, girl, is you crazy?