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How White People Sound When They Argue About Racism

(1) Comments | Posted July 29, 2015 | 12:30 PM

On July 27, the Black Girl Dangerous Twitter account shared some hilarious -- but also painfully accurate -- examples of what white people sound like when they dismiss the experiences of people of color. 

Mia McKenzie, creator of the Black Girl Dangerous organization was behind the series of tweets,...

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'Homens feministas': Como celebrar os aliados famosos sem oprimir as mulheres?

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2015 | 9:08 PM

O filme Magic Mike XXL - que estreia no Brasil no próximo dia 30 de julho - gerou dezenas de artigos e discussões online. Apesar das aparências, é realmente o "filme feminista mais chocante do verão americano". Ele foi elogiado por desafiar o preconceito com a idade, o...

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How Excusing Tyga And Kylie Jenner's Relationship Validates The Sexualization of Young Girls

(0) Comments | Posted July 27, 2015 | 3:36 PM

In a Complex  interview released July 27,  Khloe Kardashian came to the defense of her 17-year-old sister Kylie Jenner's relationship with 25-year-old rapper Tyga, after being asked whether criticisms of the couple's age difference are fair. Her answer: 

"I think at 16 I was probably f*****g someone...

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White People, I Hate Talking About Race As Much As You Do

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2015 | 1:53 PM

What's it like to be white?

It's one of several questions that MTV's new documentary "White People," seeks to answer -- What does it fees like to be young and white in America? How do white people feel about their own race? How can they become more comfortable with speaking frankly...

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Taylor Swift's Tweets To Nicki Minaj Are Peak 'White Feminism'

(3) Comments | Posted July 22, 2015 | 9:57 AM


Last night, Nicki Minaj tweeted her frustrations that the music video for her single "Anaconda" was not nominated for the MTV VMA Video of the Year Award. She suggested that race might have something to do with it; that despite the major pop cultural impact of...

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Black 'Harry Potter' Characters Aren't Just Beautiful -- They're Revolutionary

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2015 | 3:47 PM

There's an unspoken rule in literature: Characters are white unless explicitly described otherwise.

Take, for example, Hermione Granger from Harry Potter: Thanks to actress Emma Watson, we picture the character as fair-skinned with perfectly disheveled ringlets.

In a Buzzfeed article, however, writer Alanna Bennett says that there's only one line (in The Prisoner...

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Petition Calls For Target To Remove T-Shirt That 'Perpetuates Rape Culture'

(0) Comments | Posted July 20, 2015 | 1:51 PM

A Milwaukee, WI woman has launched a petition calling for the retail chain Target to stop selling what she believes to be a sexist t-shirt.

The petition, posted to the website four weeks ago, calls for the removal of a shirt currently being sold in Target stores and...

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Two Poets Just Called Out The Black Men Who Hate Black Women

(0) Comments | Posted July 20, 2015 | 9:45 AM

"These black girls need to watch out, 'cause white girls is winning." 

Thus begins the viscerally honest poem, 'To Be Black and Woman and Alive," performed at the  2015 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational finals in April.

College students Crystal Valentine and Aaliyah Jihad teamed up to recite the poem, and Button Poetry posted a video of their performance to Youtube on Sunday, July 19.

"Puerto Rican, Italian, Bajan, Thai -- I know they want me to be everything I'm not," the poets powerfully recite together at one point during the performance explaining the misogyny, colorism, and constant pressure to be more "exotic" looking that black women face. 

The poem perfectly encapsulates the reality of being a black woman, highlighting how ironic it is that while black men make black women feel undesirable, black women are also on the front lines of civil rights issues that affect black men -- and rarely getting any credit for it. 

One of the last, powerful lines in the poem: "I grew up learning how to protect men who hate me...learned how to be the revolution spit-shining their spines." 

Jihad and Valentine (who also performed the profound poem "Black Privilege" at the event), were part of a six-person team of poets representing New York University who eventually went on to win the competition.  

Also on...

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Jidenna Responds To Nigerians Who Were Insulted By 'Light-Skinned' Comment

(1) Comments | Posted July 17, 2015 | 3:23 PM

Nigerian-American rapper Jidenna has responded to the backlash from Nigerians following comments he made in a July 10 interview with Vlad TV. The rapper told interviewers that as a light-skinned Igbo man, he is often the target of armed-robbers in the country where people perceive him as...

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15 Of The Emmys' 18 Leading Actress Nominees Are Over 35. This Is Huge.

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2015 | 4:24 PM

This year's Emmy nominations included surprises, wearyingly predictable nods, and a few glaring snubs, but one of the most striking things about the nominations had to do with age. Of the 18 leading actress nominees across comedy, drama, and mini-series, 15 of them are over the age...

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Ciara's Sex Life Shouldn't Be A Tool For Powerful Men

(2) Comments | Posted July 15, 2015 | 10:43 AM

For the second time in as many weeks, the intimate details of Ciara's sex life have been revealed to the public by someone other than herself. 

On July 13, the rapper Future joined a segment on HuffPost Live where in addition to speaking about upcoming music projects, he...

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Laverne Cox: 10 Seconds Isn't Enough To Unpack Cultural Appropriation

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2015 | 9:38 AM

Laverne Cox has come out to defend herself against criticism of a recent television appearance, during which Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live" host Andy Cohen asked her to weigh in on cultural appropriation.  

In the wake of teen star Amandla Stenberg's recent comments on Kylie...

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When We Attack Serena Williams' Body, It's Really About Her Blackness

(19) Comments | Posted July 14, 2015 | 4:33 PM

New York Times article about body image in competitive tennis became the catalyst for a debate this week about the harmful ways in which the media discusses Serena Williams' body.

But just so we're clear, this isn't just about how Williams' muscular physique sets her apart from her white counterparts....

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#WhiteGirlsDoItBetter Is What Happens When Misogyny Meets Racism

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2015 | 10:17 AM

On Friday, the hashtag "#whitegirlsdoitbetter" began trending on Twitter. Active since as early as 2013 and initially associated with porn promotion sites, the hashtag recently saw a resurgence in activity -- populated largely with provocative or posed selfies of young white women. The idea: highlighting the physical and thus overall...

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The Enduring Legacy Of Dionne From 'Clueless'

(1) Comments | Posted July 13, 2015 | 2:41 PM

The moment we are first introduced to Dionne in "Clueless" -- she bounces out of her gorgeous mansion rocking braids and a ridiculously huge church-auntie hat -- I instantly fell in love. Later in the movie, when Amber says she can't play games where "balls fly at my...

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When We Attack Serena Williams' Body, It's Really About Her Blackness

(4) Comments | Posted July 13, 2015 | 9:36 AM

New York Times article about body image in competitive tennis became the catalyst for a debate this week about the harmful ways in which the media discusses Serena Williams' body. But just so we're clear, this isn't just about how Williams' muscular physique sets her apart from her...

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Zoë Kravitz On Black Identity And The Role She Was Too 'Urban' To Play

(2) Comments | Posted July 10, 2015 | 2:20 PM


Zoë Kravitz has seen a huge surge in both her music and movie careers in the past year, touring with her band Lolawolf and starring in critically and financially successful films like "Mad Max" and "Dope." But in a new interview, the 26-year-old starlet has revealed...

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What It Really Means To Be Transracial And Black

(91) Comments | Posted July 8, 2015 | 5:52 PM


Photo by Luke Ratan

It's been weeks since the nation became obsessed with -- then subsequently forgot about -- Rachel Dolezal. In choosing to identify as a black woman, Dolezal introduced the concept of being transethnic or "transracial" into the mainstream....

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The Paradox of The Famous Feminist Man

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2015 | 3:20 PM

"Magic Mike XXL" has only been out for a week, and already it has generated dozens of articles and online discussions about how, despite appearances, it's actually the "most shockingly feminist movie of the summer." It's been commended for challenging ageism, sexism, fatphobia and slut-shaming, all whilst...

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Bill Cosby precisou admitir que drogou e estuprou mulheres para acreditarmos nelas

(20) Comments | Posted July 7, 2015 | 8:23 PM

Agora nós sabemos.

Em 2005, o comediante Bill Cosby, acusado atualmente de estuprar pelo menos 18 mulheres, admitiu ter dado um forte sedativo a pelo menos uma vítima com a intenção de ter relações sexuais com ela (para ser clara, o sexo sem o consentimento de uma das partes é...

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