Last week, 16 West Point women posed for their Old Corps photograph—a time-honored tradition at the military academy where cadets pose for vintage-style photographs on the steps of the school’s oldest barrack—and dared to raise their fists in a gesture of solidarity. The women, all black, drew the ire of John Burk, a…
On Friday morning at the United Nations headquarters, trans activist Janet Mock spoke on a panel where she stressed the need for more visibility of trans black women in discussions about rape and sexual assault.
I recently received a text from my dead brother’s girlfriend. I still think of Dana as Junior’s girlfriend even though it’s been 15 years since he was killed. We’re not close anymore, but her daughter, who was conceived the week before he died, is my niece; we remain connected through the trauma we shared.
In 2014, I was hired as the Entertainment Editor at Ebony magazine, and as someone who’d been reading the magazine for as long as I could remember, getting hired there was surreal.
Things got ugly Sunday night on the Real Housewives of Potomac and no, I’m not just talking about the hideous clothing these women regularly put on their bodies. Last night was perhaps the first look at a true intraracial issue on the Real Housewives, and possibly on Bravo as a whole.
During an interview on The Breakfast Club, Orange Is the New Black star Dascha Polanco found herself having to explain her identity as both a Latina and a black woman.
The founder of BET has spoken out in defense of Zoe Saldana’s ill-advised Nina Simone biopic and confirmed that his production company will, in fact, release the film on April 22.
In August, a group of black women were kicked off a Napa Valley wine train for the crime of laughing loudly; they are now suing the train company for racial discrimination.
If you haven’t already noticed, black women are sort of killing it this September. Kerry Washington, Ciara, Beyoncé and Serena Williams are all gracing the September issue covers of major magazines. The last time this happened was probably never.
Allure magazine has rightfully been dragged through the mud over the past few days for a hair tutorial in their August issue called, “You (Yes, You) Can Have An Afro,” which instructs white women on how to achieve an “Afro.” Unfortunately for Allure, the tutorial doesn’t begin and end with, “be black.”
For unknown reasons—just kidding, I’ve got a guess or two—Natasha McKenna’s violent and senseless death in police custody hasn’t gotten much national attention in the months since she (a 5’2” woman, weighing 130 pounds) was taken from her Fairfax County jail cell to be transported to Alexandria, Virginia: a process…
The Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) is vowing to change its ways after two black women complained about having their hair searched at multiple airports during screenings. Both women wear their hair in a style known as "sisterlocks," hardly a vessel for storing WMDs.
Please pull out your inhaler, Prozac, Pinot Grigio or whatever it is you use to calm yourself down because this news had me hyperventilating. Although rumors have been swirling for some time, we finally have confirmation that a Girlfriends movie might possibly maybe be in the works at some point in the future. Yes,…
I would like to believe that not being racist isn't extraordinarily difficult. I would like to think that by simply acknowledging the humanity of other people and their right to exist in this world and being open and aware to learning about certain issues, you can avoid many uncomfortable moments. If nothing else, you…
Oh, hello New York Times, it's so nice of you to come! I've been wondering when you were going to show up. Unfortunately, the spinach artichoke dip is a bit cold and the champagne has gone flat. Most of the guests are pretty tired. I don't know if you heard, but the party started about 50 years ago.
Yesterday Vogue published an online article titled, "We're Officially in the Era of the Big Booty." Cue all the eye roll gifs please. The article is a shining example of something Vogue displays oh so well: intentional cluelessness and an utter disregard for diversity.
Tess Paras is an Asian-American actress who is tired of being cast as a white lady's nerdy or sexy sidekick. She also happens to have a little bit of musical talent kicking around. And, you know, since Royals is such a fun song to parody on account of the fact that it's got all kinds of lyrics, she and two of her…
Pink crap-drunk America was busy Racing For The Cure for the last 30 years, one race has been left behind in the fight against breast cancer: black women. In 2013, black women are still twice as likely to die from the disease than their white counterparts. Twice. As. Likely. That's a fucking disgrace.
For years, the problem had researchers flummoxed — why, in weight loss trials that require participants to diet and exercise, did black women have consistently less dramatic results than their white counterparts? Now, one group of researchers purports to have the answer: it's not that black women aren't trying; it's…