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  First the good news: Lily Allen just released a new song that is most likely the most hard-hitting feminist anthem to come out since Helen Reddy's "I am woman, hear me roar."  Now the bad, bad, very bad news: In the video for the song, Lily is seen dancing, fully clothed,  among a gaggle of very thin, very underdressed twerking women of color.  See, the video starts out pretty okay. Lily is on the operating table getting fat sucked out of her ... Read More
  At around 2:30 AM on Saturday, 19-year-old Renisha McBride’s car crashed and she was stuck in a neighborhood outside of Detroit. She didn’t know the area and began knocking on doors, asking for help. One homeowner, who is as of yet unidentified, shot the young woman in the head, killing her.    The police are keeping much of the story under wraps, claiming that it was an act of self-defense. A neighbor agrees that the shooter was ... Read More
  In a recent documentary, the Image Activist Michaela Angela Davis, the founder of Un’ruly Antonia Opiah, and the model Autumn McHugh join the Miss Black Massachusetts Safiya Songhai and several other black women in a discussion and study of hair. In June, they hosted a public exhibit entitled, “You Can Touch My Hair,” in which women of color held signs inviting passersby to touch their hair. They chose to call it an ... Read More
  Comedic duo Whitley and Jordan have an insightful, brave, and totally entertaining new video entitled Things White People Don’t Understand. The two women have both witnessed and been the victims of casual ignorance, and luckily they aren’t going to stand for it.    The lesson is divided into two topics: hair and everything else. They start with hair: “Not everyone’s hair looks like yours,” they remind viewers. They ... Read More
Last night, Nina Davuluri was crowned Miss America 2014. Yet, the aspiring cardiologist and Syracuse, New York native isn’t receiving the kind of congratulations customary. The reason? She’s Indian-American.  The second the crown touched her head, everyone with a Twitter account and an IQ of less than 65 took to the internet to voice their outrage at the fact that a “terrorist” had just won the Miss America title. You heard me. Being ... Read More
  Tiana Parker, a young girl of seven, was cute as a button when she marched off to school this morning in Tulsa. She looked spick-and-span in her uniform, and her hair was aligned in perfect dreadlocks with a big pink bow on top. Tiana's father Terrance is a barber who, in his own words, "[takes] pride in [his] kids looking nice."  But Tiana left school this morning in tears. Why? Because the school felt she didn't look "presentable." According to the ... Read More
Miley Cyrus was veritably born into the industry – as the daughter of famous country singer Billy Ray, she was a household name by the time she was 15, starring as Hannah Montana in her very own Disney channel show. There, she cultivated a persona as a modern southern belle: fresh-faced, down-to-earth, and unpretentious.If you’ve paid attention the last couple of years, she’s been busy doing what plenty of teenaged starlets do as they transition into ... Read More
  Cecile Kyenge seems to live on the high road, accepting apologies and handing out anti-racist wisdom to the dickheads who keep trying to knock her down. As Italy's first ever black member of cabinet, Kyenge has been fielding racist remarks left and right since breaking onto Italy's political scene. This time she's accepted an apology from Roberto Calderoli, the dude who compared her to an orangutan earlier this month. Calderoli is a member of the ... Read More
  “One day I heard a song that made my nerves tremble and my hair stand on end," says singer Ani Cordero. And haven’t we all experienced that? Hearing a song, only to feel ourselves drifting, parting the proverbial curtain and walking into a room of perfect sounds, entirely teleported to the past, the future, or the absolutely splendid present? If you’ve never listened to Cordero – woah, get on that right now, because girl has it ... Read More
  Meet Riley Elle, the dazzling star of the best hair tutorial video that I’ve ever laid eyes on. Brace yourself for the cute:    She’s just three years old and sports a ridiculously radiant smile, bursting with sunny confidence. The best part? Her mother is the talented Houston-based photographer Christin of ChristinShootsPeople, which means that adorable shots of Riley are all over the Internet for us to gush ... Read More
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