The Hollywood Reporter Convenes a Roundtable of White Women

The Hollywood Reporter released its annual actress roundtable issue and boy was it diverse: two brunettes, three blondes and—wait for it—two whole redheads. It is a triumph of white lady heterogeneity. » 11/19/14 4:50pm 11/19/14 4:50pm

For a Woman of Color Who Loves Jane Austen, Belle Is a Dream Come True

Even though I love getting lost in the world of a costume drama — sumptuous fabrics, whispered intentions, heaving bosoms restricted by corsets, earnest declarations of love — these movies seldom love me back. But Belle is different. » 5/02/14 2:40pm 5/02/14 2:40pm

Actresses Lament Being Typecast in Pretty Stellar 'Royals' Parody

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… » 3/26/14 5:25pm 3/26/14 5:25pm

Woman of Color Becomes Navy's First Female Four-Star Admiral

On Friday, President Obama nominated Vice Admiral Michelle Howard to be the vice chief of naval operations. If confirmed, Howard will not only be the first woman to become a full admiral, but will also be the first woman and the first African-American to hold the Navy's number 2 position. » 12/16/13 5:00pm 12/16/13 5:00pm

SNL's OTHER Secret Audition for Women of Color Was in NYC

On Wednesday, the internet was atwitter over now-confirmed rumors that SNL, on the hunt for a black female cast member, held a "secret" audition in Los Angeles last week. But what you might not know is that, according to a tipster, there was one held here in NYC, too, the night before. We have the list of who was at… » 12/13/13 6:40pm 12/13/13 6:40pm

Laugh So You Don't Cry at This New Web Series on Hollywood Racism

Amani Starnes is a working actress who happens to be racially ambiguous. Hollywood is basically the Baskin-Robbins of racism (so! many! flavors!). Mix the two well and you get a forehead slapping concoction that would be hilarious if it weren't tragically true. You get the new web series "The United Colors of Amani." » 9/20/13 6:30pm 9/20/13 6:30pm

Thandie Newton's New Beauty Blog Aims to 'Abolish Otherness'

Actress Thandie Newton — along with makeup artist Kay Montano — is launching a new beauty blog on September 16. The ladies hope to be offering a new, different and more inclusive take on the subject. » 9/03/13 7:00pm 9/03/13 7:00pm

Our Favorite #SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen Tweets [Updated]

Yesterday, the hashtag #SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen trended globally on Twitter. But what's THAT mean? Media outlets that produce content specifically for women (and feminist media sources AHEM) have a terrible record of excluding women of color in the conversation, or refusing to address glaring problems with how… » 8/13/13 6:00pm 8/13/13 6:00pm

Mindy Kaling Only Makes Out With White Guys on The Mindy Project

As the season finale of The Mindy Project airs tonight, it's also been announced that show has been renewed for a second season, which is great: While sometimes uneven and unsure of its purpose — Is it a workplace comedy? A medical sitcom? A show about a single woman? An ensemble show? — the jokes are quick, sharp… » 5/14/13 4:15pm 5/14/13 4:15pm

Voter ID Laws Are Actually a Sneaky Way to Silence Women of Color

Any connoisseur of 80's and 90's era kids' sports comedies knows that when the bad guys can't win, they cheat. Cobra Kai tried it, the Urbania Cowboys tried it, and everyone The Mighty Ducks ever played tried it. Now that an increasingly nonwhite population trend has threatened the electoral clout of white people,… » 10/25/12 1:50pm 10/25/12 1:50pm

NBC's New Head Drama Exec Is a Black Woman

Congrats are in order: NBC has just named Pearlena Igbokwe as the Executive Vice President of Drama Programming. You might think that it's rare to find a woman of color working as a TV exec, but Igbokwe is not alone: There is a bit of diversity to be found at the major networks. » 7/11/12 10:00am 7/11/12 10:00am

An Oasis of Racially Diverse Television Is Right Under Our Noses

Lack of diversity on HBO's Girls, the surprise success of Scandal and racist rants over the casting of The Hunger Games share a pervasive theme that runs among these and many other conversations: The limited exposure and roles for actresses of color and more specifically, the belief that audiences won't identify… » 5/30/12 7:00pm 5/30/12 7:00pm

That Hair Must Weigh A Ton

The folks behind Threadbared have a new fashion blog just for images of women of color; some of the pictures are personal, others are advertising. It's the digital component of a planned exhibition, and we can't stop looking at it. » 1/19/11 2:42pm 1/19/11 2:42pm

Good News & Bad News About VH1's Single Ladies

In May, we found out that VH1 would be working on its first-ever scripted series, which would be sort of like Sex And The City, except with actual black people. Now, some additional details have been revealed. » 10/19/10 5:07pm 10/19/10 5:07pm

The New W Miraculously Unearths A Diverse Young Hollywood

With the September issue, the new editor of W is announcing his vision to the world. The cover theme is young Hollywood It girls, and somehow, unlike corporate sibling Vanity Fair, W thinks women of color can also be "it." » 8/09/10 3:45pm 8/09/10 3:45pm

"This Is Just My Skin:" Zoe Saldana And The Neverending Race Question

"My skin is just my skin," Zoe Saldana told Nylon. She said something almost identical in April Glamour. While other actresses get asked about love and dieting, Saldana has apparently become the media's go-to girl for race. » 3/24/10 3:20pm 3/24/10 3:20pm

On Looking Back And Newsweek's Incomplete Picture

Her "long, blond-streaked hair fall[s] just so above each breast and her cheerleader-pretty face...Any old swatch of cloth rides like a midsummer night's dream on... her ‘most incredibly perfect body.'" Newsweek sure did appreciate Gloria Steinem's ideas in 1971! » 3/23/10 5:20pm 3/23/10 5:20pm