Gabby Sidibe in Bazaar: Curvy in Couture

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By Ophira Edut As much as we criticize fashion magazines, now and then a small victory for body-love comes along. The February 2010 Harper's Bazaar has jumped on the Precious-loving bandwagon by adorning breakout star Gabourney "Gabby" Sidibe in a red Tommy Hilfiger dress, with sparkly Harry Winston strands. I, for one, must … [Read more...]

Something Other Than “Other”

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by Andrea Chia and Jerry Henry New parents and interracial couple Jerry and Andrea have endured their own share of discrimination growing up. They hope their newborn son can grow up identifying as something other than "other". … [Read more...]

I’m Saving My Cheers Over New, “Authentic” Black Barbie Line

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by Tami Winfrey Harris, originally published at What Tami Said EL SEGUNDO, Calif. - (Business Wire) MattelĀ® announced today the launch of So In Style, a new line of black dolls by BarbieĀ® featuring more authentic-looking facial features such as fuller lips, a wider nose, more distinctive cheek bones and curlier hair. So In Style … [Read more...]

Chris Rock’s Documentary Gets to the Root of Good Hair

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You gotta see "Good Hair." It's a great film for everyone, taking a humorously candid look at the politics of and price paid for beauty. A mix between Chris Rock's cheeky stand-up and Michael Moore's tongue-in-cheek documentaries, you'll be surprised by the facts presented around the national and global politics surrounding the … [Read more...]

Huff Post’s “Craziest Birth Stories of All Time” is Hateful Modern Day Freak Show

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Banking on a dark history where bodily difference in disabled people, people of color, fat people, and LGBTQ people has equated freakish, abominations of God, The Huffington Post has fallen off the deep end to lure its readers. Instead of informing us around the evolving ethics and politics around birth and body across the globe, … [Read more...]

101 Ways Black Women Can Learn to Love Themselves: A Gift for Women of All Ages (Hardcover)

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Reviews: "Powerful...moving to read." -- Rawsistaz Book Reviews101 Ways is like talking to your sister when she's got all the right answers. -- Heart and Soul magazine An ambitious...guide to personal growth and fulfillment through the practice of loving one's self. -- Black Issues Book Review There is something for everyone … [Read more...]

Caster Semenya’s True Identity Is Up to Her

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Gotta love the ongoing coverage around Caster Semenya, the South African runner whose gender has been questioned since her victory last month at the 2009 World Championships. Not only does this issue raise questions around gender and privacy, it also shows how absolutely skewed our conceptions of beauty and femininity are. In … [Read more...]

Hair Story: Untangling the Roots of Black Hair in America (Hardcover)

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From Publishers Weekly Whether it's hip-hop diva Lil' Kim's "weave of the week" or activist Angela Davis's Afro, black hair evinces the power to set trends and define icons. In this entertaining and concise survey, Byrd (a research chief for Vibe) and Tharps (a reporter for Entertainment Weekly) revel in the social, cultural and … [Read more...]

The Taming of Blackness

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[This post is part of a round table discussion I am a part of at Anti-Racist Parent about a recent Atlanta Journal-Constitution article written by Michelle Hiskey called "Perfect Braids Show Depth of Dad's Devotion." The AJC article raised a number of issues around beauty standards and norms surrounding black hair. The piece … [Read more...]

What a Tangled Web Around Hair We Weave

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The blogosphere seems to be blowing up this week with debate around the quest for and meaning of "good" hair in the Black community. The trailer for Chris Rock's upcoming documentary Good Hair takes a humorous look the complicated politics around Black women and their hair. Yet the project's inspiration, Rock's own … [Read more...]