MLK Day Faces Racial Challenges

In 2016, a woman, a Jew, and two Latinos are some of the most likely candidates to succeed America’s first black president, yet the nation is on the cusp of another civil rights movement as it struggles with the same problems King’s generation dealt with in the 1950’s and 60’s. With tensions running especially high this holiday weekend, commemorations honoring the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. arrived amid serious progress and regress.
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Confederate Flag Removed From South Carolina Capitol

With the recent shooting in Charleston, the issue of the Confederate Flag flying in various locations around the country has become prevalent with strong backlash against its existence in modern times. There have been many debates on the argument of whether it is a racist or historic element. After a long debate in the South Carolina House of Representatives, the Confederate Flag has been approved to be removed from the Capitol Building.
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Is The New Nicki Minaj Lyric Video Criticism Fair?

Nicki Minaj’s lyric video for Only has come under criticism for showing Nazi propaganda imagery. Even the Anti-Defamation League drector spoke out against the timing of the release as well. Which coincided with Kristallnacht “the night of broken glass”, the night of pogroms that started the Germany’s policy of Final Solution.

Is this a simple case of unawareness or a publicity stunt? 

Watch the video here.

The NFL Scores a “B” for Racial Diversity and Gender Hiring Practices

The NFL has been under the microscope over a number of incidents involving players’ conduct within the past several weeks and now the league is under scrutiny for their hiring practices. The NFL received an A for racial hiring but got a C- for gender hiring in the latest Racial and Gender Report Card released Wednesday by The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES). Click here to read more.

GOP Rep. Mistakes Senior U.S. Officials for Indian Citizens

And they say the Tea Party isn’t race motivated. That may be too broad but this hilarious incident goes to show how breathtakingly unaware some Republicans can be when it comes to race or geography. Freshman Congressman from Florida Curt Clawson confuses top U.S. government officials with a delegation from India.  Watch the video of the gaffe and read on at The Washington Post.


Meet the TV host says it’s okay for white people to use the n-word

“Until we stop using the word ‘n*gga’ we can’t get mad at nobody else for using it” – Charlamagne

The debate about whether or not its okay for white people to use the “n” word because black people use it continues. This time  famed radio and television host Charlamagne tha God, chimes in with his surprising thoughts on the “n” word and who can say it freely.

Watch as Charlamagne shares his thoughts on all races using the n-word, revealing that until black people stop using the term then he believes everyone should be able to say it. He also shares which celebrity families he believes are “n*ggas,” including the Kardashians.

Do you agree or disagree? Share your thoughts with us in the comment section below.

White Women, Black Hairstyles: A Candid Discussion on Race and Corporate Culture

Sometimes humor really is the best way to approach a touchy subject. Photographer Endia Beal chose to use art and humor to open a dialogue among people of different gender, race, and generations about the ways in which we express ourselves, specifically in a corporate environment.

“It almost sounds like the opening line to a joke: A young black woman takes a bunch of middle-aged white women who she doesn’t know in Woodstock, N.Y., to a black salon, gives them a new “black” hairdo, and then takes their portrait.

Although photographer Endia Beal laughs freely while discussing “Can I Touch It?” the point of the series that she worked on this summer during a five-week residency with the Center for Photography at Woodstock isn’t about getting laughs.

The rules were simple: After getting their new styles, the women had to agree to be photographed in a traditional corporate portrait, even if they weren’t happy with the result…”

Read more about Beal’s project here.