Month: October 2010

October 31, 2010 / / Uncategorized
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October 29, 2010 / / Uncategorized
October 29, 2010 / / Blog Insider

by Latoya Peterson


Recently, I did an interview with Mike Green, titled “Media, Entrepreneurship, and Birth of a New Nation.

Mike had asked me about what the ultimate goal was for Racialicious. It’s a tough question to answer, since it’s such an evolving space. Here’s what I said:

[T]here’s not enough minority-controlled media. There just isn’t. There aren’t that many spaces controlled by minorities, controlled by women that have the power to push back and have the power to discuss issues that are critical to us. To look at things through a different lens. There’s tremendous power in that. In being able to have a stage and to use it for what you will.

So I found myself shifting a bit. At first, my goals were to be financially comfortable, eke out a living and have a job I didn’t hate that was flexible. And now it seems like there’s a bigger responsibility in that I’ve been able to acquire this huge platform and grow it. Now I’m asking, “OK, What can we really do with this?”

Can we provide people with the job training they need? Because that’s one of those things people are up against. They don’t have experience. They don’t have training. They don’t have their first published clips. Can we be that for some people? Can we grow this into something larger? Can we grow this into a media company?

So, I think that’s the direction we’re moving. What does this new media marketplace look like? What does entrepreneurship in media look like online? I feel like there’s tremendous potential in this space to do it.

Q: Why is it important for there to be more Black-owned media and, in particular, women-owned?

A: One reason is the corporate control of media in general: media consolidation. Just the fact there are thousands of media outlets but when you start tracing it’s really owned by basically eight people. (laughs) There just a few companies that control about 85 percent of what you watch and see. And there’s just a few families in control. It’s a small number, maybe 40 or so that have access into the ridiculous range of how we consume media.

And since media is how we understand ourselves and society, media helps to project not only things that provide understanding, like the news, but also projects things that stereotype. And so the media is this very powerful tool and it’s really disconcerting that there aren’t that many institutions dedicated to representing minorities in a fair light.

And the employment practices also reflect that. There’s always a very dismal representation (percentages) of minorities on television, radio and news. It doesn’t matter the format. It’s all the same problem. It keeps going. Read the Post Introducing: Blogging Insider [$2 Challenge]

October 29, 2010 / / advertising

By Guest Contributor Angry Asian Man, originally published at Angry Asian Man

Soon after that “Chinese Professor” got everybody talking, question started to emerge over the Asian participants in the commercial. A lot of people pointed out that it didn’t look like they were actually from China, and more likely young Asian Americans who were recruited here, in the United States, to be part of the ad. So who were these Asian faces?

Turns out, most of the extras in this commercial had little or no idea that their appearance in the ad would turn out like this. I was recently able to track down Josh H., who happens to be one of the extras in the now-infamous future Chinese classroom. He says he was recruited when he signed up to be an extra on Transformers 3. Here’s what he wrote to me:

Read the Post An Extra In The ‘Chinese Professor’ Ad Speaks Out

October 28, 2010 / / Uncategorized
October 28, 2010 / / LGBTQ
October 28, 2010 / / announcements

by Latoya Peterson

Back in August, I had an idea I couldn’t get out of my head.

I’ve been reading articles about sex a long, long time. And yet, far too many discussions of sex, love, and whatever else tend to be dominated by one perspective – young, white women. There are the occasional exceptions, but without fail, when I read something like this…

[I]n an economy where nearly all creative types are struggling, highly confessional essays about sex by young people — in particular women — are one of the few reliable markets for a newcomer like me.

…I can generally guess the race and background of the author. If that’s the easy way to get discovered, it would appear that few women of color ever have sex. Or write about their love lives.

Or maybe there isn’t a market unless you are young, white, and reasonably attractive.

Now, there are some of us out there.  Twanna. Lena. There’s Heather, holding down Scarleteen. But our voices are generally absent from mainstream conversations.

I kept thinking about the idea more and more, and realized there are a lot of people you never hear from, our dating and love lives relegated to the margins of experience, only known to us and a small circle of friends.

So, I sent out an email to the Racialicious crew and some long time contributors, checking their interest in a potential series.

Their responses blew every idea I ever had out of the water. Read the Post Love, Anonymously: Racialicious’ First Ever Blog Carnival