Perhaps they were well-intended, but some are not taking lightly to a “slave for a day” program being held at the Hampton Historic site. The plan for the organization is to allow people to live and work as a slave, to see what it was like. Some have criticized the program, stating that it [...]
The artist who designed the Swedish blackface cake is black and is now defending the controversial cake he gave to the Swedish Minister of Culture. Makode Linde said he began creating blackface cakes as a critique of western ideas of blackness. “I’ve been working since 2004 with the image of blackness and criticizing different ideas [...]
She might be a white woman from Ireland, but her she’s got kahunas bigger than any of the biggest, baddest rappers in the music industry. Â Sinead O’Connor wrote a very long public letter addressing the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, the black community and a host of other factors that need to be discussed. Â You [...]
March is synonymous with Womenâ€™s History Month.Â Itâ€™s something weâ€™re all very aware of and something which we openly recognize and celebrate.Â But during a month in which the extraordinary accomplishments of females should be honored, weâ€™re finding a virtual war on women instead.Â From a Governor proposing required â€œvaginal examsâ€ to restraints on access to birth control and Rush Limbaughâ€™s vile comments , attacks on women and our liberties have reached disturbing new levels. SEE ALSO: Study: Black Women Are Doing Just Fine Contrary To Popular Belief And itâ€™s not just conservatives either.Â Just last month, rapper Too Short delivered a recorded video message to young middle school boys on â€˜how to turn girls out .â€™Â Itâ€™s a sad state of affairs, and as the Mothers, sisters, and wives who make up the majority of our population, weâ€™re just not going to tolerate it anymore. Growing up, I was surrounded by strong women who taught me the value of getting an education, having a voice, and establishing myself in the world.Â Most of us learned great lessons of how remarkable females pushed the envelope to secure equal access in society on so many levels.Â But when I studied the womenâ€™s movement, I would have never guessed that weâ€™d be here today, at a point where all of these gains would be under attack.Â Didnâ€™t we squash many of these issues 50+ years ago?Â Am I dreaming, or is this not 2012? Rush Limbaughâ€™s syndicator has suspended all national advertising on his show for two weeks, which is good â€” but we want more.Â Too Short has apologized for making a video urging young boys to â€˜turn outâ€™ young girls â€” but we want more.Â When men degrade, insult, or attack women, they do a disservice to everyone.Â You canâ€™t just say whatever you want and think a quick apology (whether sincere or not) is enough.Â Whoâ€™s responsible for fixing the environment of disrespect and hatred when men humiliate women?Â And who will bring us back to sanity when politicians use contraception and other wedge issues to get elected? We just passed the middle mark for the month, and so far, itâ€™s been a disappointing one to say the least.Â Instead of focusing on the amazing contributions of women, weâ€™ve spent the last several weeks covering fools who continually put us down. Â Itâ€™s not OK to require â€œvaginal probes,â€ itâ€™s not OK to call us â€œslutsâ€ and itâ€™s not OK to teach young men how to disrespect us.Â Everyone â€“ not just women â€“ should be outraged by this war on women.Â Rush Limbaugh is now learning that the nation is not on his side.Â Let that be a lesson to anyone trying to attack women; you will find yourself isolated. Itâ€™s Womenâ€™s History Month, and itâ€™s time we really recognize it.