- The gory details of Dave Mays and Raymond “Benzino” Scott’s Source Magazine are coming out as former EIC Kim Osorio’s sexual harrassment trial against them gets underway. Apparently, Benzino bragged of sexcapades With Lil Kim, Foxy Brown & Trina. Oh I’m s
- “Coca-Cola, recognizing the tremendous growth of the Latino immigrant population in Spain — specifically Ecuadorians — has decided to tap into a market that is being ignored by other beverage companies..looking to appeal to the tastes of the Ecuadorian
- Thanks Phil C! Survivor is under fire not only for its lame race-baiting tactics, but also for shady casting tactics. Contestant Sekou never sent in an audition tape – producers pursued him. And other contestants are seasoned actors, with credits on Sex a
- “Because if this really is all about the kids, then why not support/sponsor the father and the grandmother in keeping their child? Take that worldly concern and kindne$$…and help preserve families and empower local communities — instead of taking away
- “The National Fair Housing Alliance charged…that agents…of the city’s largest residential real estate brokerage, the Corcoran Group, had engaged in discriminatory sales practices, including racial steering and withholding information from African-Am
- “Instead of advocating the development of infra-structures for increased self-governance and self-reliance, these acts reinforce the dominant notion that Africa needs to be saved by White heroes…”
by Carmen Van Kerckhove
I spotted this on the Best Week Ever blog awhile back but finally got around to watching it this weekend and it’s hilarious. Click here to watch a video mashup of the cast from The Muppet Show and Sesame Street performing N.W.A.’s “F**k the Police.”
By the way, do you all know that Elmo is a black man? Meaning, he’s voiced by a black man. Yeah yeah the dude was a guest on Oprah earlier this year so it’s not such a big secret anymore, but I’ve known for much longer than that because our very own Jen Chau interned at Jim Henson’s workshop back when she was in high school. How cool is that?
by Jen Chau and Carmen Van Kerckhove
Every Friday afternoon we sum up the week’s best posts from New Demographic‘s various projects. Here we go!
a community of people working towards an anti-racist future, one week at a time
- Assignment 2 – Stereotypes and You: “Was there a time that you made a generalization and were proved wrong? Do you find yourself subscribing to any stereotypes now? If you do find yourself giving in to any stereotypes, why do you think you believe them to be true? Can you point to any instances where the stereotype does not hold true?”
Addicted to Race
a podcast about America’s obsession with race
- Episode 43: Jen rants about the “ohmygodyou’rejewishnoway!” reactions she receives each year around the Jewish holidays. Carmen interviews Matthew Creamer, a reporter for the industry publication Advertising Age, about the New York City Human Rights Commission’s investigation into the advertising industry’s hiring practices. The staffs at ad agencies are so lacking in diversity that the entire industry is under investigation.
a blog for parents who are committed to raising children with an anti-racist outlook
- Columnist intro – Ji In: Unequipped to deal with racism, poorly prepared for the challenges that accompanied parenting children of color, my parents couldn’t offer me the type of firsthand understanding that I craved, and they instead encouraged me to simply “ignore.”
- Columnist intro – Jason: In my education classes, we used to talk, somewhat naively, about “teaching for social justice” and “teaching to change the world.” This, then, is about parenting for social justice, and parenting to change the world.
an anti-racism training company
- Jen Chau featured in Backstage magazine: Jen discusses Hollywood’s lack of awareness surrounding mixed heritage issues and discusses the difficulties mixed race actors face in being cast for roles.
- Carmen Van Kerckhove will speak at Denison University in Granville, OH on Thursday, October 19 on Not Just Fetishists and Race Traitors: Challenging the Ways We Look At Interracial Relationships.
- Jen Chau will be the keynote speaker for Brown University’s Multiracial Heritage week on Thursday, October 19.
by Jen Chau and Carmen Van Kerckhove
Our next Addicted to Race live call-in show will happen this Tuesday, October 17 at 10 pm Eastern U.S. time. Make sure you mark your calendars!
We’ll be discussing the dangers of positive stereotypes. Why are we so quick to agree with positive stereotypes about our ethnic or racial group? How can we begin to see that these positive stereotypes exist at the expense of other groups? Are positive stereotypes just as harmful as negative stereotypes?
To listen, click here. On the day of the show there should be a play button, which if clicked will allow you to listen to the show, streaming live over the Web site.
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For those who can’t tune in for the live show, we will be recording the episode so you’ll be able to download and listen later on. To listen to a recording of last month’s live show, click here.
- Thanks Luke! “NASCAR must continue to attract new fans in fresh, more diverse markets, many of whom view the Confederate flag as a symbol of racism and oppression. Yet NASCAR doesn’t want to alienate its loyal base…”
- Ewwww! “Quentin Tarantino…was joined at the hip with a ‘hot young Asian woman’…At the after-party…the woman ‘tripped and fell flat on her face.’ She later sucked Tarantino’s fingers while he ate sliders – ‘Gross,’ said our spy.”
- “The government is charging blacks with voting fraud in a state whose violent rejection of blacks’ right to vote, over generations, helped give birth to the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Yet within Mississippi the case has provoked knowing nods rather than
- So it’s true then? “the baby’s own father has told The Associated Press in Malawi that Madonna has adopted his son, David. Yohame Banda, 32, said the baby’s mother, Marita, died a month after giving birth a year ago. “I am very, very happy…”
- “There is a world of difference between what is bewitching to Western eyes and what Chinese people consider beautiful… But Chinese supermodel Du Juan’s pouting features and willowy figure have managed to bridge that chasm.”
- “Edison Chen, one of Hong Kong’s biggest young pop icons…His North American movie debut comes Friday…in “The Grudge 2″…Meanwhile, he’s managing his brand-development company, Clot, opening a new Juice store in Shanghai, plotting reality shows…”
- “Salman Rushdie has enraged fellow Muslims by saying veils “suck” and condemning them as a means of subjugating women.” Btw, his model girlfriend Padma Lakshmi is replacing the comatose Katie Lee Joel as host of “Top Chef.” Yay!
- “Tamara Dobson, one of the great stars of the 1970s, returned to the ancestors last week after a battle with Multiple Sclerosis and pneumonia. Best known for her starring role in “Cleopatra Jones,” Dobson helped define the blaxploitation era…”
- “…Grey’s Anatomy co-stars Isaiah “Love Jones” Washington and Patrick “McDreamy” Dempsey, whose heated disagreement escalated into a no-holds-barred on-set deathmatch culminating in a “chokehold”, “shoving” and someone being called “a
- “Jed Levine’s premise is that the problem with UCLA is that there are too many Asian American students and their numbers should be limited so more space can be given to the real underrepresented groups…”
- Michael Jackson’s ex-wife Debbie Rowe has agreed to give up visitation rights to their two children in exchange for alimony payments of $750,000 a year.
- The interest over Angelina Jolie playing Mariane Pearl continues. This time, criticism by Black Rights Groups.
Note the description: yay for different-raced babies?! Gee, I guess interracial baby-making is still kitschy, huh?
Girls, do you collect babies? Well, if you do, then celebrate your babies and their various daddies with this fine shirt. Look, all the babies are different races.
“Collect babies” is also a little questionable.
by Jen Chau and Carmen Van Kerckhove
We’re excited to announce the launch of a new project, Anti-Racist Parent. Please head on over to check it out! Anti-Racist Parent is a blog for parents who are committed to raising children with an anti-racist outlook. If you’re a parent who is tired of having your child learn about race and identity through the mixing of neapolitan ice cream :), playing dress-up with national costumes, and absorbing the same handful of sanitized historical facts every single Black/Latino/Native American/Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, this blog is for you.
Parents often ask us for resources and express an intense interest in being able to discuss parenting from an anti-racist perspective. We hope that this blog will serve to inform, connect, and support parents as they work to raise their families with a healthy and realistic approach to race and identity.
What it will look like
We will write about the latest news stories related to parenting, with a focus on race. Guest contributors will join in with regular columns to give you their thoughts on parenting. This will be a great aspect of the site since you will hear a diversity of opinions, perspectives and experiences. You may even see an advice column, anecdotes, reviews, and rants….not to mention cute baby/family pictures from time to time. Of course, we will want there to be a dialogue through this blog, so we encourage contributions from you, the reader, as well as any comments or feedback you may have.
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Spread the word
As always, we encourage you to spread the word about our projects to get more people involved in the discussions. Also let us know what you think we should discuss. If you have an idea, we’d love to hear it! Email your feedback, ideas and suggestions to us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
We look forward to having great discussions and working with you to raise a new generation of anti-racist children!
by Carmen Van Kerckhove
Angry Asian Man thinks this ad is racist. (“Why can’t Asians just eat a frickin’ Whopper like everyone else? Why do they have to slither like a snake, and do idiotic kung fu stuff?”) But I’m on the fence with this one. What do you think?