How 12 Years a Slave Became a Punny Racist Trope

Despite 12 Years a Slave's very serious subject matter—steeped in the most inglorious era of our country's history—and all the important conversations about race that have taken place leading up to the film's big win at this year's Academy Awards, white people still feel super comfortable making stupid jokes and puns… » 3/05/14 4:30pm 3/05/14 4:30pm

Lupita Nyong'o's Skin Color Is Not a Trend

When Lupita Nyong’o won Best Supporting Actress at the Academy Awards this week, her success inspired bunches of style shifts. Perhaps long Hollywood weaves will go out of style because of the actress' gorgeously cropped hair, maybe her gown's blue hue will be spring’s hottest new color or maybe we'll all be wearing… » 3/05/14 10:40am 3/05/14 10:40am

The Chilly Feud Between 12 Years a Slave's Director and Screenwriter

When John Ridley walked up to the stage to accept his Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for 12 Years a Slave, he walked right past the film's director Steve McQueen and the two men didn't even acknowledge each other. McQueen was noticeably absent from Ridley's speech and as Ridley walked off the stage, McQueen did a » 3/03/14 10:05am 3/03/14 10:05am

Lupita v. Chiwetel: Predicting the Most Interesting Award Season Race

If you've been following the pre-Academy Award awards (and you believe the pre-show hype), then you know consensus dictates Cate Blanchett or 12 Years a Slave are pretty much locked down for Best Actress and Best Picture, respectively. But when it comes to two other big categories — Best Actor and Best Actress in a… » 3/01/14 6:20pm 3/01/14 6:20pm

This Lupita Nyong'o Fashion Rainbow Is Pretty Fantastic

Lupita Nyong'o is continuing on her road to glory leading to the Academy Awards this Sunday. Over at MTV Style, a writer and photoshop wiz cobbled together an image of the 12 years a Slave actress wearing every color in the rainbow and it's breathtaking. Lupita's able to pull off nearly every color in the Crayola box… » 2/28/14 7:30pm 2/28/14 7:30pm

Lupita Nyong'o Eats Her Sandwiches With a Knife and Fork

Lupita Nyong'o graces the cover of the new issue of New York magazine. Love, love, love the glorious photos by Erik Madigan Heck. Inside, the profile paints the actress and newly-dubbed "it" girl as very bright, a bit circumspect, and very, very polite. » 2/10/14 4:15pm 2/10/14 4:15pm

White Skin Isn't Just Right, It's More Successful, Too

A new study says if you’re black and successful, people will probably remember you with the complexion of, say, Leona Lewis. But people are just crazy, right? Wrong. The implications of this finding, discovered by researchers at San Francisco State, is worth a RHONJ-style table flip and here’s why. » 1/15/14 6:10pm 1/15/14 6:10pm

12 Years A Slave: Rage, Privilege, Black Women and White Women

Going insane was a luxury. It’s the going, that’s the treat. Going suggests travel, moving. There was no going. The madness was constant and still, sitting there, like a place on a map. It was where they lived, where they were from, born and bred into viscously mundane inescapable crazy. The women in the beautifully… » 10/28/13 11:30am 10/28/13 11:30am