“It makes me proud. That’s what I wanted. I wanted people to feel proud-to have love for themselves”, Beyonce said with a smile, surrounded by bodyguards as she prepared for her halftime performance.
Beyonce Giselle Knowles-Carter, the biggest star on the planet, found solace in people being proud of who they were. When you really think about it, it’s one of the most noble things an artist can do-encourage self-love. While this wouldn’t be a problem if Bey’s target audience were white teenage girls battling self-esteem issues, the “people” Beyonce wrote about in her songs were Black, and they were women. For some factions of white America, THAT posed a problem.
In a recent interview, Taye Diggs opened up about his fear that society will only see his son as a Black boy. He says that his son is biracial, and for him, that would be the appropriate term to use. “When you [call biracial kids Black], you risk disrespecting that one half of who you are and that’s my fear,” he explains to Chris Witherspoon at theGrio.com. “I don’t want my son to be in a situation where he calls himself Black and everyone thinks he has a Black mom and a Black dad, and then they see a white mother, they wonder, ‘Oh, what’s going on?'”
Oh Rachel. I thought we were through with you. Such a polarizing figure you’ve become over the last year, and I’m starting to think you like it. You were in the news like every day for weeks, and for the life of me, I couldn’t understand why you kept doing interviews! If I were you, I’d certainly crawl up into a ball and rock back and forth in a dark corner of my bedroom after the beaten you’ve taken, but not you! You are resilient! And here you are again, sitting on someone else’s couch, doing your “race is a state of mind” jig. Amazing!
Serena Williams is a woman of many talents. She’s the number one female athlete in the world, she has her own fashion line, she’s a spokesperson, she’s a model, and now, she’s an editor over at WIRED. Never afraid to speak up for herself and others, Serena’s latest essay tackles issues of race, gender and equality in the digital age. Click below to read!
Last night, MTV, with the help of journalist and activist Jose Vargas, aired a pretty controversial documentary called “White People”. This highly anticipated documentary comes at a time when racial tension in America has reached a boiling point, and real conversations about race and racism need to be had. Although some were opposed to it, I absolutely was NOT, and I think most of us learned a thing or two thanks to Jose.
Who’s up for some trading? I am! Over the last year, a lot has happened. And the truth is, a lot of these unfortunate (AND fortunate) events have brought out a lot of people’s true colors. Whether it be your Facebook friends, your real life friends, or your favorite celebrities, thanks to social media, we have access to EVERYBODY’S thoughts on a regular basis…and sometimes, that can be really annoying.
One thing that’s annoyed me to no end is seeing some of my favorite Black celebrities make complete and utter fools out of themselves, turning their backs on the Black community, making comments on national TV and via Twitter that they really should reconsider. So I’ve decided that there are 6 Black people that I’d like to trade in exchange for 6 White folk. Here’s who I’ve chosen:
John Legend has gained much respect over the years for his artistry. The award winning singer/song writer never disappoints when it comes to his music. Recently, Legend has used his platform to speak out against police brutality, and has been very vocal about racial tensions in America. Now, stepping in to an Executive Producer role, Johnny boy is taking things a step further with a new film that will be airing on HBO on May 18th.
Just when we thought Starbucks’ #RaceTogether campaign, Kanye West and the election of our nation’s first Black President had solved all of our race problems, here comes Deadline’s co-editor-in-chief, Nellie Andreeva, f*cking it up for all of us.