Posts tagged "Black People"

Halloween Blackface Evolution: Jay Z & Beyonce

Pro tip:  If you want to pay homage to your favorite black celebrity or sports figure via your Halloween costume, THIS is the way to do it: (H/T on the image to Vibe Vixen) The unidentified couple on the right really has the Jay Z and Beyonce look down without darkening their skin.  Creative, appropriate... Read more »

Blackface On Halloween---Again

I knew it was coming.   It does every Halloween. There’s always some offensive blackface costume followed by denials of racism with a side of righteous indignation for people to “lighten up.” Then the perpetrators claim to not understand why their witty costume caused such an uproar—usually after they lose their jobs or have been publicly... Read more »

Writing On Race: Why A White Person Would Live Around Black People

With the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO the ugly specter of race, potential racism and bigotry is once again front page news. Speculation on the shooting is rampant and credible facts are in short supply. Frankly, (and this is putting it mildly) the whole thing is a mess.  A huge nightmarish mess. Make... Read more »
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Brooke Kimbrough And The Teachable Moment

I had a reality check thanks to a disappointed seventeen year old in Michigan. And I’m a better woman for it. Brooke Kimbrough is a Detroit high school senior who when rejected by the University of Michigan, staged a protest criticizing the University’s admissions policies as racist. Despite her high grades and decent ACT score,... Read more »

Mayor Emanuel And Community Values

Did Mayor Emanuel question the values and morality of the residents of violence plagued neighborhoods? Did those words seriously come from his mouth? That, ladies and gentlemen, take a set of stones.  An honest to God brass pair. The mayor has the gall to lay the bulk of the continuing violence at the feet of the people... Read more »

Defending Lupita Nyong'o

I, like many others, have fallen under the spell of newly minted Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o. Aside from her Oscar and Yale acting school credentials, she has been slaying the red carpet all awards season with her signature style. Did I mention that she is a very poised and polished young woman in an... Read more »
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Growing Up Black: A List Of Eleven Experiences

You’ve done well in life. You played by the rules, studied hard and made something of yourself.   Some of the old folks would say that you’ve “Done the race proud.” You may live out in the suburbs or in a dazzling urban setting but if you grew up a middle class black kid in the... Read more »

Ignoring & Dismissing Black America Is Harmful To Your Health

As the verdict was announced Saturday night in the Dunn trial, I thought about another news story that was fairly prominent last week. A press conference of suburban DuPage county leaders addressed the heroin scourge that is becoming more and more of a problem in their communities.  So much so that state lawmakers are sponsoring... Read more »

White Gentrification In Chicago: My Response

Yesterday, I posted a letter from a reader who was concerned about potentially gentrifying neighborhoods of color when she moves to Chicago. Her issue is that gentrification will raise rents and property values making it increasingly expensive for families who have been there for years—or in some cases generations–and they’ll be priced out of the... Read more »
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Say My Name

I don’t have a standard first name.  Yes, I’m one of those “difficult” name individuals. Growing up, people always asked me if I had a nickname.  I promptly told them no. From the moment I learned how to spell what was on my birth certificate, I’ve been a proponent of people correctly pronouncing my name.... Read more »