The beloved sitcom “How I Met Your Mother” sparked outrage this week with an episode that featured three white stars (Colbie Smulders, Alyson Hannigan, and Josh Radnor) dressed as masters of the “Slap of a Million Exploding Suns,” the episode’s central comic conceit. Oh, and the actors donned what many are calling "yellowface," dressing up as stereotypical Asian individuals for laughs.
With the recent outrage over ... Read More
Thank goodness Saturday Night Live is finally listening to the national demand for representation of female comedians of color. In addition to adding the great artist Sasheer Zamata to the cast, the series has added two talented black women comedians, LaKendra Tookes and Leslie Jones, to its writing staff.
SNL took serious note of the women during their recent auditions, which featured minority women exclusively, snatching them up for two ... Read More
BY Shannon Iggy
in Music Stuff
on Dec 30, 2013
Warning: This post may contain high velocity bitterness.
The Righteous Retreat, hosted by the legendary songwriter and feminist activist Ani DiFranco, was billed as a four-night workshop in which attendees would attend workshops to develop creativity and performance skills. Who wouldn’t want to spend a few days outside of New Orleans surrounded by so much talent?
But there was an issue with the retreat’s location: Righteous Retreat was being held at ... Read More
The performance artist Nate Hill is known for his groundbreaking work on race in contemporary culture, examining the idolization of white women as ideals of beauty and femininity. In one recent project, he sold milk gargled by college-educated white women. In another, he donned white face. His new project “Trophy Scarves” might be his most controversial yet. In an attempt to shed light on the way men in power look at race and women, he invites white ... Read More
BY Shannon Iggy
on Nov 21, 2013
“I don’t want white men telling me what to do. Keep your white hands off my brown body,” Cecelia Fire Thunder declares.
Young Lakota follows three young adults as their Oglala Lakota community is caught in a divisive political debate over abortion. Sunny Clifford has moved back to the reservation to reconnect with her Lakota roots and make a difference in her community. She joins her twin sister, Serena, in hopes of improving life on the ... Read More