The Truth About Photography and Brown Skin

Photography is the science and art of creating images using light. But if you've ever seen oddly-colored pictures of Gabourey Sidibe, Lupita Nyong'o or Beyoncé, you know that when it comes to dark skin, photography has issues. » 4/03/14 5:20pm 4/03/14 5:20pm

Looking for Financial Help? Be a Pretty Lady With Light Skin

If you've ever spent time on any crowdfunding sites—from Kickstarter to Kiva—you know the amount of people seeking your money can be overwhelming. It can be hard to choose when often everyone on the site seems so deserving. (Well, it's probably less difficult to decide when you're on Kickstarter choosing between… » 3/28/12 1:15pm 3/28/12 1:15pm

I See White People: Hunger Games and a Brief History of Cultural…

Attention, everyone: Racism is BACK! [Electric guitar riff.] As you may have heard (because it's both bonkers and everywhere), our national brain trust of semi-literate racist teenagers is not pleased with some casting choices in the newly released Hunger Games movie. And lo, they took to Twitter with a fury. » 3/27/12 11:20am 3/27/12 11:20am

A Character-By-Character Guide to Race in The Hunger Games

Suzanne Collins's book The Hunger Games deals with a dystopian society, and takes place in the fictional nation of Panem. Panem — most likely derived from the Latin phrase panem et circenses, which literally translates into "bread and circuses" — exists in the same geographical space as the current boundaries of North… » 3/26/12 6:40pm 3/26/12 6:40pm

The Dramatic Transformation Of A Mexican-American Singer

Lila Downs is an extraordinary Mixteca/American (Scottish) singer. She has thick Frida Kahlo-like natural brows, a pale olive-tinted complexion, long black braids, and the fashion sense of an old-world, beautiful Mexican woman. Well, she used to have all those things. » 9/17/10 11:30am 9/17/10 11:30am

Choose Carrots Over Tanning Oil

According to doctors, eating lots of green fruits and vegetables results in a golden glow for light-skinned folks. Not only is this tactic safer than tanning - it's also apparently "more attractive." Hear that, Michael Bay? [NY Daily News] » 5/26/10 9:20am 5/26/10 9:20am

Supporters Lighten Obama's Image; Detractors Darken It

The National Academy of Sciences published a study that FINDS a correlation between a person's political views and darker or lighter representations of Barack Obama. But does this study prove anything we didn't learn during the OJ Simpson trial? » 11/24/09 1:00pm 11/24/09 1:00pm

Skin-Lightening Creams Popular In Arab World • 14-Year-Old FLDS Leader…

Skin-lightening creams - already popular in East and South Asia - are finding a market in the Arab world » 8/20/08 5:30pm 8/20/08 5:30pm, where the commercials claim that darker skin is a hindrance any every aspect of a woman's life. • A new study from UC Davis claims that biracial Asian-Americans are to be diagnosed with psychological disorders as…

Skin Deep

A man was sentenced to two years in jail for driving his wife to suicide by calling her "black." This was in India, where, as previously reported, fair skin is highly deisired, and where being called dark is "worse than physical torture," according to the court. In the case, Syed Fathima was so distressed after two… » 4/07/08 3:20pm 4/07/08 3:20pm

Study: Men Are More Attracted To Women With Lighter Skin

Are those pernicious skin-lightening creams sold in India just capitalizing on deeply-ingrained, subconscious beliefs about skin color, good and evil? Well researchers at the University of Toronto think so. They analyzed over 2,000 photographs of men and women from advertisements and concluded that men are… » 3/17/08 1:00pm 3/17/08 1:00pm

Michelle Obama's Darker Shade Of Skin: Whoopi Weighs In

Imagine my surprise when, during The View's "Hot Topics" segment this morning, moderator Whoopi Goldberg confessed that she was woken up during the night by a "strange thought" regarding Michelle Obama. "It was a thought that had never occurred to me," she began. "Barack Obama is one of the few men that we have seen… » 12/13/07 1:00pm 12/13/07 1:00pm