Miley’s Big Foam Finger Is Pointing At You: Stereotypes Plus Objectification Equals $$$

August 29, 2013
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By Hope Wabuke I swore I wasn’t going to write about Miley Cyrus. Enough people have already done it. Enough good ink has been spilled over our celebrity culture, impressionable youth and twerking—over Miley’s tongue and Miley’s big foam finger and Miley’s possible teddy bear fetish. But because no one else has said it,...
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Hip-Hop as Performance Art: Jay Z, Appropriation, and Critiques of Whiteness

August 9, 2013

By Janell Hobson At first, I wasn’t sure what to make of Jay Z’s performance of “Picasso Baby,” featured on his new album Magna Carter Holy Grail, which has received much coverage for its innovative release through a Samsung app.  Proving to an increasingly skeptical public that he is more than a “corporate rapper,”...
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Fruitvale Station: Some Reactions

August 7, 2013

OMAR RICKS I feel helpless after watching Fruitvale Station (2013, dir. Ryan Coogler). I feel like this hits too close to home. Literally. The nursery school, First Fruits Learning Center, is right up the street from where I stay, and I remember seeing a film crew in front of it a couple of years...
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White People Talking to White People about Social Justice: Why “Book of Mormon” Just May Be Doing Something Right

August 7, 2013

By Sayantani DasGupta Like Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s other collaboration, television’s Southpark, Broadway’s Book of Mormon is crass, potty-mouthed, and frequently offensive. But among all the things it does ‘wrong’ — it actually may be doing something right. I know, I know. As a progressive woman of color, I should probably be horrified by the show....
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The Black Sitcom: A Representation We Can Be Proud Of

July 8, 2013

By Jeanine Russaw When you look in the mirror, how do you see yourself? In a perfect world, whenever a black woman looks in a mirror, she would see herself as the beautiful, confident, and intelligent person she truly is. This ideal can be difficult to achieve when “Little Janet” returns home from a day of...
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"20 Feet From Stardom" & the Black Female Gaze

June 27, 2013
"20 Feet From Stardom" & the Black Female Gaze

In the 1972 song “Take a Walk on the Wild Side” Lou Reed evokes the paternalistic image of “colored girls” cooing in the background to a hipster tale of New York debauchery.  Using Reed’s homage as its introduction, white director Morgan Neville’s bittersweet documentary “20 Feet from Stardom” attempts to bring black female back-up...
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The Princesses of Long Island: A Long Hard Post-Feminist Look in the Mirror

June 24, 2013

By Shoshanna R. Schechter-Shaffin Like blogger Lindsey Orlofsky, I too watched Bravo’s new series “The Princesses of Long Island” in horror. For those of you who have yet to catch the latest offering of Bravo’s reality machine, The Princesses of Long Island focuses on six Jewish college educated wealthy women in their late twenties...
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Feminists We Love: Michele Wallace (Video)

June 21, 2013

Michele Wallace, Professor of English, Women’s Studies and Film Studies at the City College of New York and the City University of NY Graduate Center, Ph.D. in Cinema Studies, New York University is author of Black Macho and the Myth of the Superwoman (1979), Black Popular Culture: A Project by Michele Wallace (1991), Dark Designs and Visual Culture (2005) andInvisibility...
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Angelina Jolie’s Breast Removal: How One Woman’s Bravery Was Met With White, Male Arrogance

June 14, 2013

By Bill Patrick Straight, white guys often seem to think that we know what’s best for everyone else.  We love to go around telling people of other groups –women of all races, men of color, and people who are sexual and gender minorities what to do and how to live. This white, straight, male...
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No “Madea” in Tyler Perry’s New Drama, “The Haves and the Have-Nots,” But Still, a Muddle of a Mess

June 5, 2013

By Lillie Anne Brown Ok, let me just start by acknowledging what I get: I get that Tyler Perry provides excellent employment opportunities for people of color at his Atlanta-based studio. I get that he is a spiritual person and understands from where his blessings come. I get that he says he doesn’t care what...
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