Dear White People/Queridos Gringos: You Want Our Culture but You Don’t Want Us — Stop Colonizing the Day of the Dead


By Aya de Leon on, cross-posted with permission Dear White People (or should I say Queridos Gringos/Gabachos), Let me begin by saying it is completely natural that you would find yourself attracted to the Day of the Dead. This indigenous holiday from Mexico celebrates the loving connection between the living and … [Read more...]

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

Angela Bassett (right) playing Tina Turner (left)

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...]