Day: June 25, 2009

I have friends who happen to be white. Like good friends. Like the kind who will drive you to the emergency room at midnight and sit with you for almost 10 hours. And since we both share in each others worlds I often find myself the only black person at the party and sometimes they find themselves the only white person at the club. Reaction has always been mixed, but mostly polite. Still, sometimes there is an attitude from the folks who “don’t get it” and respond to our pairing as a one of these things is not like the others situation and should not be at “XYZ” function.

Those people are assholes.

The folks at Diversity Inc. are trying to address racially insensitive assholes, but specifically those who refuse to accept white people in discussions about diversity. I’ve long believed that if we, and by we in this case I mean black people, continue to just talk to ourselves about race nothing will ever get solved. It takes two to discriminate. White people are needed to be part of the diversity discussion. So Diversity Inc. spoke specifically to white men about words and phrases that kill the diversity debate on their end.

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You know who’s not good enough to shill shampoo for French cosmetics maker L’Oreal? Most of the people who read this blog. While they hired faces like Beyonce, Kerry Washingtion and Eva Longoria to convince women of color to buy their over-priced products, behind the make-up counter L’Oreal was a tad less “We Are the World.”

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The obsession with skin-lightening: Is it ever okay to bleach?

By Lamees Al Mubarak

We’re forever being told by those who should know better that beauty is “only” skin deep. Well, for many black women and a few black men, that’s disturbingly deep. As Trading Standards convictions confirm that sales of illegal skin-lightening creams continue to soar in the UK, it looks like the politics of black beauty gets more complicated by the day. The era when skin-lightening was frowned upon as a self-hating practice is slipping away and many black people are being vocal about their desire to be lighter; they argue that it is a personal choice, just like the one white people make when they darken their skin by sunbathing. So what’s the problem here? And why does this issue make people (of all races) so nervous?

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Politicians cheat for the same reason everyone else does — they thought they could get away with it.

Americans are often accused by their European cousins that we’re a bunch of Puritanical, confused, fuddy-duddies with Madonna-whore complexes. Guilty as charged! We don’t know what to think of sex. We hate pornography, yet its a multi-billion dollar industry. We want our politicians to be chaste, but our housewives, extra desperate. So when someone who’s been all “Focused on the Family-ed” like South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford, his downfall was already written in the Argentine stars of hot South American sex.

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