Culture: Latina Beauties

Zoe Saldana has Dominican & Puerto Rican roots; Alexis Bledel is Mexican-Argentine-American.

By Helen Rodriguez of Latinitas For years, Latinas have worked hard to break beauty barriers in the U.S. Now that we have managed to forge our own identity in American society, a part of me is thrilled with what Latinas have achieved and the role models that are now available for many young girls. On the other hand, I can't help … [Read more...]

A Place for Me: Art, Porn, Feminism, and Race

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By Favianna Rodriguez Originally posted on Favianna.com; cross-posted with permission. I'm always excited when my art world merges with my personal world. As a visual artist, that personal world is one where I'm constantly imagining the sort of artwork I want to create. What kinds of images do I want to draw? What questions … [Read more...]

Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way”: Racist or Revolutionary?

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I’m always on the hunt for pop and hip-hop songs that celebrate our different cultures, genders, abilities and races. That's why one of my all time favorite songs is Earth, Wind and Fire's "Shining Star". How could you not smile with lyrics like these?: You're a shining star, no matter who you are Shining bright to see what you … [Read more...]

The Hijab: Can it Promote a Healthy Self Image?

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By Sharon Haywood, Co-Editor Several years ago while traveling through Malaysia, I had the opportunity to visit a mosque in Kuala Lumpur, the country's capital. Despite my modest dress (a long flowing skirt and a loose-fitting blouse that covered my arms), the mosque required that I wear an abaya, a cloak that covered my head, … [Read more...]

Putting “Proper” Clothes on Mariah Carey. Thanks Saudi Arabia!

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By Pia Guerrero, Co-Founder and Co-Editor I just came across this post at Jezebel revealing an interesting make-over of Mariah Carey. The new Mariah no longer sports a body baring tube top. Her body jewelry has disappeared and a simple top covers her shoulders, chest and trunk. Clearly the old school Butterfly album cover has … [Read more...]

The Hair Up There

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By Tami Winfrey-Harris, Co-editor of Love Isn't Enough My hair is remarkable. This weekend, I went home to the Chicagoland area for a party. My hostess had welcomed old friends and family into her home to celebrate the life of her sister. Folks crowded into the basement and hugged and laughed and hollered and drank, while a … [Read more...]

Korean Star Speaks of Her “Asian Bottom”

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Originally posted at SexGenderBody. Cross-posted with permission. By James Turnbull Well, the bottom half of her body is Asian to be precise. But then she is Korean after all, so what on Earth does that make the top half? Western, according to her. And while she’s happy with that at least, in contrast she’s quite … [Read more...]

Are Your Roots Bad For Business?

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By Debra J. Dickerson, SLATE Two very different stories about women—i.e., strength, beauty, femininity, fantasy, cowardice, bravery, and acquiescence—struck me this week.  I still don’t know whether they fill me with hope or sadness. First, there was the 22-year-old U. of Illinois student Disney recruited online and … [Read more...]

Is There a Problem with a White Fashion Director at a Black Magazine?

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"Essence Editor Responds to Controversial Hiring of a White Fashion Director" by Jessica Wakeman at The Frisky On Monday, a media industry blog revealed that Essence, a lifestyle magazine geared towards black women, had hired a new fashion director named Ellianna Placas, to begin in September. But it was not the lines on her … [Read more...]

Why Not Being Colorblind is a Good Thing

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By Adriel Luis at Change.org When I was in fifth grade, my very liberal teacher decided to familiarize our class with the concept of race. Since teaching a roomful of 12-year-olds about things like the cycle of oppression can be somewhat complicated, he turned to some abstract metaphors to help him out. "A melting pot is the … [Read more...]