Romeo & Juliet is returning to Broadway for the first time in 36 years. Now, it will be Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad who play Romeo and Juliet respectively (duh) — casting choices that have led to quite a bit of publicity for the production given that Rashad is black and Bloom is white.
Here’s why I’m stoked. More
In March’s issue of Numéro France, 16-year-old Ondria Hardin was photographed by Sebastian Kim wearing blackface for an editorial called, “African Queen.” The makeup, done by artist Maud Laceppe, would be otherwise gorgeous had it not included an allover, head-to-toe shade of brown foundation painted on the white model’s skin. More
Director Quentin Tarantino appears to have decided to tackle every human atrocity, beginning with the Holocaust in Inglourious Basterds, and now, in Django Unchained, moving back to slavery. I don’t know about you, but I am very excited for the anachronistic soundtrack that will be featured in his Spanish Inquisition movie. He’s also doing this really, really well. And as with most movies that are done really well, there are moments in Django that are laugh out loud funny. Unfortunately, that means you are probably laughing at someone of some race dying or seeming very likely to die. No matter when you are laughing, you are laughing at the wrong time. It is always the wrong time. It is the wrong time for three hours of this movie. You are having a Django moment.
Here are some solutions to that. More
Also, college students of Penn State: seriously, get it together, guys. More
Is diversity among mainstream media news outlets important to you? More
By declaring Sophia’s light skin and blue eyes as being “not Hispanic enough,” it makes any kid who’s pale, blue-eyed and has Latino parents feel like he or she is also, therefore, not Hispanic enough. I know this because I’m one of those kids. More
Just when I thought I couldn’t love actress Rosie Perez any more than I already did, she’s come out with a video explaining to Mitt Romney why being Mexican would not, in fact, help him get elected President of the United States of America. More
Oh, you’re pleased that I am doing a non-white Shelved Doll? I’m sorry. I don’t see skin color. I ONLY SEE SOUL COLOR. More
She might be in the fashion and beauty blogs today for her natural hairdo and green Vera Wang gown, but Viola Davis was also notable last night for the truths she spoke about black actresses in Hollywood. More
Beyonce‘s getting ripped a new one today because promotional photos for her upcoming album 4 have hit the internet and her skin appears to be… extensively lightened. More
Martin Luther King Day has us reflecting upon how far we’ve come in terms of race in America. Are we judging people on the content of their character and not the color of our skin? What about when it comes to interracial dating? We asked our man panel whether they’d ever dated outside their race, and, well, maybe we haven’t come that far after all.
(Though we should note that the majority of our man panel is Caucasian, and it would be interesting to see a study where this was not the case). More
Not unlike Highlander, there can only be one. More
Would you like to see Raquel Zimmermann, Karen Elson, and head designer Alber Elbaz dance awkwardly to Latin rap while wearing fancy Lanvin outfits? Rhetorical question, I know. More
Welp, that didn’t take long. Just 24 hours after the Internet took note of the unpleasant racial undertones of their “
Decapitate Re-civilize Yourself” ad, Nivea has pulled the ad and apologized. They posted the following note on their Facebook page: More