The LA Times Covers Cornrows, the Hot New Trend for White Ladies

Friends, readers, ladyfolk, I believe we are being trolled. I believe we are being trolled by major newspapers and fashion magazines through a series of willfully ignorant and low-key racist articles where they attempt to completely erase black people from the very styles and trends that they created. » 9/23/14 2:30pm 9/23/14 2:30pm

Dear White People, You Need More Black Friends

Hey white people, you really need to step your game up and get some more black friends. And by friends, I mean someone who cares enough about you to call you on your shit and vice versa. The black person that you see at the gym sometimes or in a Starbucks line doesn’t count. Y’all ain’t friends, that’s an acquaintance… » 8/26/14 2:00pm 8/26/14 2:00pm

We Need To Talk About 'Butt Selfie Queen' Jen Selter

I tried to ignore this woman for as long as possible. I really did. The first time I heard the term "butt selfie" and later, "Queen of the Butt Selfie," I knew nothing but frustration and eyerolls would come from me learning more about either of those things. So I drew my mind far, far away from this human and her… » 4/15/14 5:15pm 4/15/14 5:15pm

Chelsea Handler Says She's Not Racist Because She Dates Black People

During the Oscars, comedian Chelsea Handler took over The Huffington Post's Twitter feed to liveblog the show and promote Uganda Be Kidding Me, her new collection of essays about traveling through Africa with a group of friends. How lucky she was then that Lupita Nyong'o, a woman of Kenyan descent, won Best… » 3/04/14 4:00pm 3/04/14 4:00pm

The Daily Show Takedown of Civil War History Revisionists Is Fantastic

Courageous outlier/former New Jersey Superior Court Judge Andrew Napolitano isn't afraid to voice unpopular opinions no matter how factually inaccurate they are. The Fox News senior judicial analyst recently expressed some pretty out there (and entirely ignorant) thoughts on Abraham Lincoln and the American Civil War,… » 2/25/14 5:15pm 2/25/14 5:15pm

So Benedict Cumberbatch's Ancestors Were Slave Owners. Now What?

In Barbados, there's a property called the Cleland Plantation. These days it's a place for tourists to go horseback riding, but back in 1728, it was a prosperous sugar cane farm known for being a place of cruelty and brutality, where slaves were literally worked to death. It was owned by Abraham Cumberbatch, the… » 2/03/14 12:40pm 2/03/14 12:40pm

SNL Holds 'Secret' Audition Just for Black Female Comedians

Last week, a select group of talented and funny black women were invited to the Groundlings theater in Los Angeles for a "secret," last minute audition for a spot on the cast of Saturday Night Live. Apparently, SNL is not only "ready" for a female cast member, they're actively looking for one. » 12/12/13 2:50pm 12/12/13 2:50pm

Melissa Harris-Perry's Black Feminism Syllabus Is All Kinds of Amazing

Last week, whilst schooling Michelle Cottle on her insipid "Michelle Obama is a feminist nightmare" article, Melissa Harris-Perry quipped, "You might want to read up a little bit on black women and our feminism. I'm happy to send you a syllabus." To which the Internet responded, "Um, yes, please do." » 12/02/13 6:30pm 12/02/13 6:30pm