All-American Muslim: A New Show Unveils Muslim Life in the Midwest

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By Ophira Edut Hey, non-Arab America, guess what? There are Muslims living in the U.S.A. and some of ‘em are just like us. At least, that’s what TLC’s new reality show All-American Muslim is attempting to portray. It’s groundbreaking…and it isn’t. … [Read more...]

Unintentionally Eating the Other (The Fashion of Racial Drag)

Crystal Renn's other forays into racial drag, also published in Vogue Japan (June 2011)

by minh-ha t. pham [The other week], Crystal Renn, the [former plus-size] model who recently appeared in a Vogue Japan spread with her eyes taped in ways that were suggestive of an old theater makeup trick meant to make white actors look “Asian,” offered an explanation and defense of the cosmetic practice. Tape, it should be … [Read more...]

This Is Why I Worry About “The Help”

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By Tami Winfrey Harris A lot of folks have been giving the whole idea of a book, written by a Southern white woman,  about black domestics in 1960s Mississippi, the side eye. I understand. When my book club decided to read Kathryn Stockett's The Help last year, I was ambivalent. The book was a popular best-seller with rave … [Read more...]

Of Shame and Pride: Confronting My Culture and Identity

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By Olivia Hoang Often times, love and criticism go together. To fully embrace our heritage, we must be willing to rectify the bad, as well as nurture the good. It was July 2002 when I stepped out of  Tan Son Nhat International Airport, and into the streets of Saigon, revisiting my homeland and my past.  The heavy humid air … [Read more...]

Dolls: It Matters If You’re Black or White

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By Whitney, Contributor (Originally published August 2009) As a college student, I had spent most of my college career wrestling with the concept of how I have white privilege. Through my studies, I tried to learn about and deconstruct our society's power structure and my place in it. Recently, in a Northern California … [Read more...]

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...]