Black Venus

August 6, 2012
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Maxim Vakhovskiy is a North Carolina-living, Eastern European photographer who is creating a book full of pages and pages of naked, black women. As a gorgeous black woman who enjoys seeing other gorgeous black women, I really wanted to like this project. At first glance, it seems awesome. The artist is looking to celebrate black […]

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The Melissa Harris-Perry Show: Politics and People of Color

August 1, 2012
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As everyone around me enjoys the spectacle that is the 2012 Summer Olympics (congratulations, Gabby Douglas!), I can’t help but wish things would return to normal, as quickly as possible.  And it’s not my disdain for sports (though it certainly doesn’t help) that fuels this desire, but rather, salvaging my weekend routine. From 10am-12pm EST […]

Posted in: Television

Racial Abuse on Tumblr Goes Ignored by Support Staff

July 30, 2012
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Tumblr touts itself as a place where people are free to express themselves however they see fit. Whether you’re reblogging your favorite cat videos or gawking over the latest pasty faced British actor all over BBC, it is often said that Facebook is for what’s on your mind, but Tumblr is for what’s in your […]

Posted in: Commentary

Women of Color Alternatives to Marilyn Monroe

July 27, 2012
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Everyone loves Marilyn Monroe. A 26 foot tall statue of her was created to honor her famous scene from The Seven-Year Itch. It is complete with gigantic, lacy, white panties. Countless tourists have had photographs taken of them nuzzling her enormous foot. This is questionable behavior. How many of those people have even seen The Seven-Year […]

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Save the Pearls – A White Woman’s Worst Nightmare

July 27, 2012
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Imagine a world without white privilege. The system that deems Caucasian features and white skin as a status symbol has lead to some of the greatest atrocities in human history: genocide, slavery, imperialism, and the mass incarceration and systematic murder of people of color all over the world. Anti-racist activists have long held that white […]

Posted in: Commentary, Literature

Anti-Racist Starter Pack Playlist

July 27, 2012
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John Lennon used to say that music could save the world. He also said Brian Epstein was a “fag Jew” and that “woman is the nigger of the world,” so we probably shouldn’t take everything he says too seriously. Still, I agree that music has a transformative effect on our society. If music can truly […]

Posted in: Commentary, Music

Review – The Dark Knight Rises

July 27, 2012
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A few weeks ago, I found myself at Charlotte’s Regal Theater watching Marc Webb’s relaunch of the Spiderman series. There are good movies, there are bad movies, and then there are movies so miserably misguided that they cause you to question major facets of the universe. “If there was a God, why would She let […]

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