India Arie does much to promote black beauty in new video. #diversity

Her lyrics say create the game and you create the rules, and I couldn’t agree more.  It may be a struggle; but we who are different than the norms society puts forward – despite increasing levels of diversity in all realms of engagement – are up for the challenge. With consistent self-love most folks will … Continue reading India Arie does much to promote black beauty in new video. #diversity

Barilla Says: You’re Gay? Go Eat Someone Else’s Pasta #discrimination #intolerance

Barilla Chairman Guido Barilla apparently would prefer it if only those who belong to traditional families eat his pasta. So gay folk, go buy Creamette. According to a translation of his comments, originally made in Italian, he said: “We won’t include gays in our ads, because we like the traditional family. If gays don’t like … Continue reading Barilla Says: You’re Gay? Go Eat Someone Else’s Pasta #discrimination #intolerance

Miss America Is a Terrorist…Because She’s Not White @StephenAtHome #racism

Want to know the best way to respond to racism on the Internet, or to racism in general? Take a lesson from Stephen Colbert – laugh. He had a good time with the Twitter backlash that followed the crowning of new Miss America Nina Davuluri, who is of Indian decent. Key takeaways from his commentary: … Continue reading Miss America Is a Terrorist…Because She’s Not White @StephenAtHome #racism

“I got $30 cash; makin’ it rain!” @chrisbrown Love More (Explicit)

Hate the star or love him, @chrisbrown’s Love More song and video are pop culture perfect. Twitter mentions, all the latest movies, cheap product placements, @NICKIMINAJ is beautiful and absolutely vulgar, we even get a lil’ irreverent slamming of a racially motivated bent. It’s young and edgy, rude and silly – pearls, curls and booty … Continue reading “I got $30 cash; makin’ it rain!” @chrisbrown Love More (Explicit)

Leave #BlackHair Alone #diversity

I am so tired of white people getting on Black people about our hair. I am truly, undeniably sick of it. It’s rude, it’s boring, and frankly, it’s ridiculous.Dreads

Black hair is different. It requires different care, and because of its texture, it is suitable for different, and perhaps unfamiliar, hair styles. Get over it.

When I read a story published this week about 7-year-old Tiana Parker, a Tulsa girl whose parents pulled her out of a school because the administration said her dreads – short, neatly tended dreads – was unacceptable, I wanted to throw my hands up and cry out. Yahoo showed a picture of the child crying with a quote that said “they didn’t like my dreads.”

It broke my heart. What message is this child internalizing? Continue reading “Leave #BlackHair Alone #diversity”

Ignore Little Slights and Focus on the Real Problems

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Lee Daniels’ “The Butler” is a box office hit for the second week in a row. I saw the film, and thought it exceedingly well done. High praise from me since, as a rule, I’m never first in line to see any film – or anything for that matter – where black people play a subservient role, no matter how dignified or substantiated such behavior may be.

Of course, Daniels has been doing the rounds promoting, and apparently he angered some black women with a comment he made during a recent interview with Larry King.

During the interview King brought up his sexuality – Daniels is gay – and he shared some childhood memories about wearing his mother’s pumps and getting punished for it. He also shared his belief that gay people are subject to more prejudice than black people are.

While doing research for his film “Precious,” Daniels visited a gay men’s health crisis center in New York. He said he was shocked to find the place was filled not with gay men but black women. “I thought I had walked into the welfare office,” he said. Continue reading “Ignore Little Slights and Focus on the Real Problems”

Judging One Book’s Cover – #Racism Has No Economic Cap

OprahOprah’s in the news this week. A shop girl who’s probably still kicking herself wouldn’t show her a purse while she was visiting Zurich for Tina Turner’s wedding last month.

Apparently she asked to see the purse and was told no; that she couldn’t afford it. Some reports say she left the store without purchasing the bag because she did not want the shop girl to get the commission.

The Swiss Tourism office later apologized to O, saying “we apologize that her feelings were hurt.” Let’s ignore how patronizing that apology sounds for the moment, since I’d wager money Oprah’s feelings were not hurt by the incident. Not when she can pull out her black card, call someone and have whatever purse she wants delivered that same day.

What’s interesting is that O later apologized for how the incident blew up in the media. Continue reading “Judging One Book’s Cover – #Racism Has No Economic Cap”

#Women Are Out of Order

Author and self-help guru Iyanla Vanzant is in the news over comments she made in an interview with MadameNoire Magazine.

VanzantVanzant had the temerity to suggest that women, black women in particular, are “out of order.” One pearls she offers: “There is no reason for us to continue to have children with men who don’t honor us, and don’t take care of their children.”

I agree whole heartedly. Vanzant hit the nail on the head when she talked about women giving reign over their lives to people who make them spiritually, emotionally and mentally sick.

To me, her words are not harsh, they’re fair, and she’s not passing judgment so much as she is pointing out a truth as she sees it. And sometimes the truth hurts. Continue reading “#Women Are Out of Order”