Even though I am a dark-skinned black man, I stay away from the argument about colorism in the black community. Not because it has no validity, but because it always misses a valuable point that we will get to later if my head doesn’t explode before I reach the end of this piece.
The word “Hotep” has gained a lot of traction online in recent years. By definition, Hotep means peace—like a greeting. To have Damon Young of Very Smart Brothas tell it, Hotep is the Egyptian version of “What’s good?”
Sheryland Neal wanted to be a Deusa do Ébano—an “Ebony Goddess,” in Portuguese.
While many people may have heard Mo’Nique’s “cries” about the gender and color bias in Hollywood and rolled their eyes, there were others of us who wholeheartedly agreed with her. Inequality reigns supreme in Hollywood. It’s the reason Jessica Chastain helped Octavia Spencer negotiate a higher salary. It’s the reason …
The Love & Hip Hop franchise has a new Afro-Latina on its roster: Amara La Negra. And the buxom, gray-eyed, Afro-rocking, melanin-poppin’ recording artist is making major waves online, mostly because of the criticism surrounding her dark skin and kinky hair.
Lupita Nyong’o is adding another title to her résumé as she works on writing a children’s book that will address the issue of colorism and the discrimination that those with darker skin often face.
I don’t have to tell you how supremely tough 2017 was to deal with. Like, I’m sure we all could go on and on about how terrible this year truly was to each and every last one of us. Still, the year had some high points, which we pointed out earlier this week, but in the spirit of balance and equilibrium (it took me…
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Actress Alexandra Shipp had a rough day yesterday. A reply to a fan who tweeted to her about a possible movie pairing of her X-Men character Storm with fellow Marvel Comic character Thor led to a discussion on colorism in Hollywood in which Shipp said that 90 percent of the “racism” she experiences is from black…
On October 22, Gizelle Marie, a 29-year-old Bronx native who has worked as a stripper since she was 18, was venting over Snapchat with some of her fellow dancers about how she was fed up with all the stories of mistreatment she’d heard about—particularly of darker skinned dancers.
I was 13 years old the first time I shoplifted. My sister, at 15, was my lookout.
Last week, CNN’s Jake Tapper interviewed Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and asked if he thought President Donald Trump’s punishing response to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico had something to do with “race or ethnicity.” Sanders hesitated a bit but ultimately said, “We have a right to be suspect.”
On Oct. 13, Marshall, which stars the likes of Chadwick Boseman and Sterling K. Brown and is directed by Reginald Hudlin, will be making its debut in theaters. Usually I’d be super pumped at the idea of those names being attached (together) to a huge project like this. But in this case? I’m barely whelmed with…
Skin color both unites and divides us. Whether you live in India, East Africa or Japan, the color of your skin shapes your identity and opportunities. Color Complex is a narrative series that explores how people of color around the world struggle for visibility and learn to navigate the prejudices and social…
You’re probably asking yourself, “What’s a Kodak Black?” Believe me, I’ve asked myself that question every time I’ve heard the rapper’s name. But then I remember that he looks like the spawn of Satan, has tattoos on his face and has a rap sheet longer than Donald Trump’s thinning “hair.”
Lil’ Kim’s face is forever changing, so it’s no shock that she debuted a newer version of herself on Instagram this weekend.
This nuh. Former pro-baller Gilbert Arenas recently spewed his hateful ignorance all over Instagram and was summarily (and rightly) dragged for it.
Hashtags have defined pop culture. You spot them all over social media, and now many of them have become popular phrases, especially when they highlight blackness: #BlackBoyJoy, #BlackLivesMatter, #GrowingUpBlack, and the list goes on.
Donald Trump’s demonizing of the news media affects African Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans and Native Americans, too, although you might not realize it from some of the conversations about the First Amendment taking place in the media and other public spaces.
Every once in a while, the internet will bring tears to your eyes. And a viral video from a Baltimore City classroom proves that solidarity among black women and girls can be magical.