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White Pussy Always Trumps Black Lives Thumbnail

“On Friday, speaking right here on ‘First Take’ on the subject of domestic violence, I made what can only amount to the most egregious error of my career.” Two years ago, that sentence began the ingratiating apology of ESPN personality Stephen A. Smith for comments he made during a discussion of domestic violence in the NFL. Smith [...]

Kendrick Lamar won’t face backlash like Beyoncé: Socially conscious art, sexual expression and the policing of black women’s politics Thumbnail

Last week, Beyoncé took to the Super Bowl stage and performed the arguably “blackest” song of her career, “Formation,” in which she pays homage to the Black Panthers, infamous for their denunciation of police brutality, and rejects the white beauty lens by celebrating her “negro nose with Jackson Five nostrils” and Blue Ivy’s “baby hair and Afro.” The [...]

Azealia Banks Wrong and Wronged: Amplifying Homophobia While Ignoring Racism Thumbnail

I grew up in a homophobic house in a homophobic neighborhood in a homophobic community. I never knew the words “faggot” and “dyke” were violent slurs until I was in high school. For the first 15 years of my life, I genuinely believed these words were appropriate labels for homosexual people. Consequently, I’ve used both [...]

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