Flying While Brown

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By Sayantani DasGupta at The Weeklings My nine-year-old daughter has developed a fear of the TSA. She doesn’t say it in so many words but I know. “I’m glad we’re going on our trip, Mama.” She pauses, chewing her lip. “But I wish… I wish we didn’t have to go through security.” “Me too,” I agree, remembering a time when she … [Read more...]

Lupita Nyong’o and the Evolving Paradox of Black Femininity

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By Hannah Giorgis This piece was originally published at Youngist.org and can be read in its original context here. It’s no secret that I am a Lupita Nyong’o fan girl. She is gorgeous, graceful, and certifiably ***flawless. The actress gained worldwide attention for her heart-wrenching portrayal of the enslaved Patsey in … [Read more...]

Dear Racist Yogini: It’s South Asia Calling and We Want Our Yoga Back

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By Sayantani DasGupta Dear Racist, Size-Shaming Yogini at XO Jane, It’s South Asia calling. And we want our yoga back. Okay, truth, I’m just one Indian American woman, not actually all of South Asia (where, n.b. we brown folks like to capitalize the ‘S,’ just sayin’), but on behalf of all my mystical, exotic peoples, I … [Read more...]

Black Women’s Asses, Cosmetic Surgery, and the Politics of Ambition

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By Aya de Leon As an ambitious woman of color, I avidly read commentary this season on Julie Chen’s remorseless decision to have eyelid surgery. With East Asian women, the body part targeted for racism is often the eyes. With black women, the first line of attack is on the hair. But our hair is a moving target.  Always growing, … [Read more...]

What Is Race Between Friends?

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  By Tami Winfrey Harris The social construct we call race is complicated, but there are a few things about it that I know to be true. One thing is that everyone who grows up in this country absorbs some prejudice--everyone, no matter their race. Also, many people have no real relationships with anyone outside of … [Read more...]

Racy, Sexy, and Culturally Appropriate-y: It’s Halloween Again, Folks!

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By Sayantani DasGupta Okay, someone tell me – since when did Halloween become a time to fly your racist and sexist flags without censure? I, for one, am tired of it. So, hopefully we’re all on board by now with the idea that dressing our daughters up as ‘naughty’ leopards and ‘sexy’ nurses might be, say, a tad disgusting. As … [Read more...]

Whitewashed Journalism: Why Do Only White-Passing Latinas Make it To Our Screens?

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By Raquel Reichard The embarrassingly low number of Latinas hosting shows on English-language news networks or leading mainstream cable news programs can intimidate any Latina hoping to make a career in news media. But realizing that the bulk of these women could pass as White can deter interested and talented Afro-Latinas from … [Read more...]

The Real Bodies Manifesto: Finding Each Other

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A note from Thick Dumpling Skin’s co-founder, Lisa Lee: Almost a year ago, Retrofit Republic’s Community Heroes Lookbook landed on my radar. I drooled over this lookbook at my desk, and almost died of happiness that they used real people in their fashion spreads. No wait, I take that back. I loved that they not only used real … [Read more...]

The Boston Attacks Unleash Viral Racism

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By Ashley-Michelle Papon The country is still reeling from the attacks in Boston. At present count, three people have died and over 180 have been injured from detonation of the dual bombs that shook the Cradle of Liberty just a few hours into the annual Boston Marathon. The shock hasn’t worn off, even as authorities have … [Read more...]

When Colored Girls Are Degraded: An Open Letter to CEO Lucian Grainge of Universal Music Group

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By Nuala Cabral of FAAN Mail “All I want for my birthday is a big booty hoe.” – 2 Chainz, rapper Well, all I want for my birthday is for music corporations to be held accountable for routinely degrading women of color. Four powerful corporations are behind the majority of music we hear on the radio and the videos we see on tv. … [Read more...]