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Cultural Appropriation

Without the Headdress, Without Ellie Goulding

Megan Red Shirt-Shaw | Posted 11.13.2014 | 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.

All Appropriation Everything: IHOP Joins List of Cultural-Appropriation Offenders

Janessa E. Robinson | Posted 11.06.2014 | Black Voices
Janessa E. Robinson

Over the last few months, corporations have found a new way to gain attention on Twitter: tweeting rap lyrics and other allusions to hip-hop culture. The culprit that has most popularly surfaced across Twitter timelines is IHOP, which tweets edited versions of lyrics from songs by artists such as Drake, Trinidad James, and Bobby Shmurda.

3 Ways Not To Offend People With Your Costume This Halloween

Julia Schemmer | Posted 10.29.2014 | Teen
Julia Schemmer

Let's quit donning the Native American feather headdress, the sombrero and dreadlocks, and instead put on the ideals that will never go out of style: awareness, dignity and inclusiveness.

ReThink Review: Dear White People -- Lessons for Republicans and the "Post-Racial" Generation

Jonathan Kim | Posted 10.24.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Dear White People is sure to become both a cult hit and a staple on college campuses across the country, and I'm glad for it since the movie ultimately ends with more questions than answers. And with an issue as multi-faceted as racism, that is as it should be.

This HBO Show Used 'Brownface' And Pissed Off A Lot Of People

The Huffington Post | Carla Herreria | Posted 09.05.2014 | Black Voices

Listen up: Not only is the use of blackface not OK, neither is any other kind of cultural appropriation. Everyone should know that by now. But ther...

Black Women Call Taylor Swift's New Video 'Really Troubling'

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 08.21.2014 | Black Voices

Taylor Swift got herself into some hot water with the music video for her new single "Shake It Off." The clip features Swift trying and failing to fit...

Black Female Survival and the Myth of the White Gay Cultural Savior, or, Dear Anthony -- Stop It!

Darnell L. Moore | Posted 09.21.2014 | Gay Voices
Darnell L. Moore

We know that heterosexism is real and that white gay men, especially gender non-conforming men, experience antagonism, and, yet, we should be clear not to minimize the reality of white patriarchy and the advantages daily afforded to white men, regardless of their sexual identities. Privilege much?

Regarding Culture Thieves

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 09.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

Diversity is no mere slogan, but a challenging reality. Respect that is not reciprocated is subservience. As I would not have your beliefs imposed on me, so I must not impose mine on you. This is part of the social contract.

Iggy Azalea Mistakes Appropriation For Artistry

Salon | Posted 07.21.2014 | Black Voices

Recently, my nine year-old nephew came running into the room, eager to find a seat to watch a performance by Iggy Azalea on an awards show. He sat, en...

A History of Throwing Shade for Black Women and Gay White Men

Antwaun Sargent | Posted 09.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Antwaun Sargent

We all can do better at deploying language, style and dance moves that has cultural attachments that are not our own in such a way that it feels inclusive. There is no one to one scale of oppression that allows any group to place a claim on another's culture even if they share aspects of the same identity.

Khloe Kardashian Under Fire For Native American Headdress Photo

The Huffington Post | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 06.22.2014 | Entertainment

Apparently Khloe Kardashian didn't see Pharrell Williams' Elle UK cover for July, as her recent Instagram of herself wearing a Native American headdre...

No, Seriously, We Mustache You To Stop Doing This...

The Huffington Post | Carolina Moreno | Posted 05.05.2014 | Latino Voices

Happy Mexican Cultural Insensitivity Awareness Day! Also known as Drinko...I mean... Cinco de Mayo in the United States. Yes, today is Mexican Inde...

Stop Trying To Make The Celebrity Bindi Happen

The Huffington Post | Lauren Duca | Posted 07.20.2014 | Entertainment

Middlebrow is a recap of the week in entertainment, celebrity and television news that provides a comprehensive look at the state of pop culture. From...

The Startlingly Profound (Yet Simple) Question My Daughter Asked About Racism

Jennifer Harvey | Posted 06.23.2014 | Parents
Jennifer Harvey

Underneath the messages we want to teach our kids to learn to unpack (and which we need to get better at unpacking with them) is the simple reality that we're talking about respect of human beings. Respecting what actual people tell us hurts or not, harms or not.

Third Eye Blinded

Aryanna Prasad | Posted 06.16.2014 | College
Aryanna Prasad

I grew up without an Indian mother or community, so there's a lot I don't know about being an Indian woman. But I did know the bindi held significance because my nani wore a simple red one every day.

Why a Bindi Is NOT an Example of Cultural Appropriation

Anjali Joshi | Posted 06.15.2014 | Entertainment
Anjali Joshi

Why shouldn't the bindi warrant the same kind of response as the other cultural symbols I've listed, you ask? Because most South Asians won't be able to tell you the religious significance of a bindi.

WATCH: Compelling Short Film Explores Queerness And Cultural Appropriation

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices

What it means to embody a queer identity is different for every individual, as that identity always involves a compilation of many different, intersec...

Sentiments From a 90s R&B Fan

Kevin Beckford | Posted 03.10.2014 | Black Voices
Kevin Beckford

I miss hearing the tenor of a churchy vibrato that accentuates a sustained note at the end of a love song. I miss not having to strain my ears just to hear the (real) voice of a singer.

Here Are All The Things White People Stole From Black People This Year

Posted 12.24.2013 | Black Voices

To be honest, 2013 was a tough year for black folks. Every year has its share of racist activity and bad news, but there was something about this year...

Cultural Appropriation: The Act of Stealing and Corrupting

Udoka Okafor | Posted 02.03.2014 | Arts
Udoka Okafor

With culture comes a sense of identity, a sense of self, and when our culture is stolen from us, there is this deep sense of loss. This is the very reason why cultural appropriation is grossly discriminatory and grossly wrong.

Cultural Appropriation 101: Feat. Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus And Selena Gomez

The Huffington Post | Lauren Duca | Posted 11.26.2013 | Entertainment

Last night, Katy Perry opened the American Music Awards with a rendition of "Unconditionally" that appeared to be, well, "geisha-inspired" -- a confus...

Buried in the Sand: The Secret Politics of Blue Is the Warmest Color

Spencer Wolff | Posted 11.08.2013 | Entertainment
Spencer Wolff

She is totally unprepared for the coup de foudre that strikes her when she first sees the blue-haired Emma, an upscale college student from the nearby school of fine arts. Or is she?

Hunter Stuart

Afrobeat Band Considered 'Too White' To Play At College

HuffingtonPost.com | Hunter Stuart | Posted 10.29.2013 | College

A band scheduled to play a college party had its performance canceled after a controversy erupted over whether the musicians were "too white." Shok...

World's Most Oblivious Yoga Studio Didn't Think 'Ghetto Fab' Class Was Racist

The Huffington Post | Amanda Scherker | Posted 09.05.2013 | Black Voices

California yoga studio Power of Your Om sparked controversy last week when it hosted a special "ghetto fabulous" yoga class called "Namaste With Attit...

(EM)I Has a Dream

James Boyle | Posted 08.28.2013 | Politics
James Boyle

Today is the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech. The copyright in the speech is administered by EMI, with the consent of the King family. Thus the speech may not be freely played on video or reproduced and costlessly distributed across the nation -- even today.