Remember Miss Cleo from those annoying late-night psychic hotline infomercials back in the late 90s? The one with the really fake Jamaican accent? “Call me now!”
Well, you’re about to. Miss Cleo (real name Youree Dell Cleomili Harris) came out in the October issue of The Advocate. In the interview, she credits her gay godson for inspiring her to make the revelation. That’s all well and good, but I share Dr. Marc Lamont Hill’s skepticism, since her confession is conveniently timed to coincide with the new season of VH1′s “The Surreal Life,” in which she will be a castmember.
Personally, I can’t see the future, but I’m willing to predict that her coming out will have a positive effect on the community. When someone who knows Miss Cleo finds out that she is a lesbian, that will help that person to re-think what it means to be a lesbian. The more people who come out, especially in the black community, the more we can challenge the stereotype of what it means to be gay or lesbian.
(thanks CW!) “…So what you’ve got is a story about rich white people from the American South using religion to justify taking a potentially valuable black man from his natural environment and deciding the course of his life for him…”
College football teammates of Senator George “Macaca” Allen tell Salon.com that Allen frequently used the n-word and moved to Virginia specifically because he liked that ‘blacks knew their place’ in that state. Thanks Jenn at Reappropriate!
“…The latest American Girl catalog features 35 photographs of Caucasian girls and 3 photos of Black girls — and one Black girl is depicted twice with the same product, while the other is out of focus in the background…”
“…how is it that the NFL was able to drudge up $15 mil. three weeks into the season for last minute renovations when the government’s been unable to properly allocate funds raised in the last 14 months to restore homes?…”
“…the comic strip, which is currently in reruns, was initially set to return with new material in October but Universal reportedly said that it could not get a commitment from McGruder on when, or if, he would return to work on the strip…” Unfortunate
“…I reject prejudices that renounce names that are deemed too ethnic or relegate names rooted in African American culture like Taneshia as being too ghetto but at the same time, why do parents give their kids names that are ridiculous or offensive…”
Are you wondering what those little icons are at the bottom of each post? They’re all social bookmarking tools. In order from left to right, they’re icons for del.icio.us, Digg, YahooMyWeb, Furl, Newsvine, Reddit and co.comments.
What is social bookmarking? I would highly recommend checking out Wendy Boswell’s guide on the topic. Here’s an overview:
What are social bookmarking sites? Basically, these are sites that allow users to post their favorite sites, using tags (or keywords) to categorize and organize them; then other users can take these bookmarks and add them to their own collection or share them with even more users.
So go ahead and try them out! They’re a great way to share posts you like with your friends or bookmark them to save for future reference.
(thanks to Angry Asian Man for this!) Jeff Adachi’s documentary The Slanted Screen, about Asian American men (and the lack thereof) in television and film, will be featured in an industry-only premiere on Thursday, October 5th at the Samuel Goldwyn Theate
“Oprah Winfrey will launch her own radio channel, Oprah and Friends, today on XM Satellite Radio, a 24/7 Oprah fix, featuring plenty of the personalities Oprah fans have come to know on the television series including best bud Gayle King and Maya Angelou.
(thanks to Angry Asian Man for this!) a great, lengthy audio interview with Daniel Dae Kim and Jorge Garcia, talking about season two, the upcoming season, interacting with fans, and a whole lot of other random stuff
“For white people who might be having a little trouble with black-person hair, Carol’s Daughter is a fantastic hair product.. Now her hair has this beautiful luster. And it smells nice, too.” Right. Because Black hair is usually dull and smelly…
Thank you for visiting us here at Racialicious (formerly known as Mixed Media Watch). This is a blog about anything and everything at the intersection of race and pop culture.
So, what’s new?
New Name Those of you who listen to our podcast, Addicted to Race, probably recognize the name from a regular segment we used to do on the show. So why did we pick it for this blog? Well, we thought it captured the spirit of what this blog will be like: irreverent, funny, pop culture-obsessed, but still with a critical eye towards issues of race and racism.
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