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50 Shades Of Black: Celebrities Struggling With Race Relations

April 17th, 2013 - By Meg Butler
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Black people have come a long way. But not everyone is helping out with the progress. Some black celebrities take their roles as role models seriously. But these celebrities may single-handedly roll race relations back a couple of years.
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Tia Norfleet made her mark in black history by becoming the first black race car driver. But then she made us all look bad when she was kicked out of NASCAR for lying about her identity to cover up a few drug and theft charges and faking her NASCAR racing license.

Tia also had a criminal past she tried to apologize for, saying:

“People make mistakes in their life and move forward and make a better way. I think things that I’ve done, people make mistakes, as a child, as a teen, and basically, it’s things that you may not be proud of but you move forward and you help others. And they may be in the same situation and you can relate and they can relate to you, and you help them as much as possible.”

But we still feel bad for all of the little black girls who looked up to Tia before they found out that she was a criminal and a liar.

‘Shut That Ni–er Baby Up!’: Man Arrested After Slapping A Crying Baby In The Face

February 16th, 2013 - By Drenna Armstrong
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A crying baby on a flight en route to Atlanta caused a man to lose his mind and ultimately, find himself the focus of an FBI investigation.

Joe Rickey Hundley of Idaho was charged with assaulting a minor after he slapped a two year old baby who wouldn’t stop crying.

According to CNN, the baby began crying because of the change in altitude as the plane was preparing to descent to Atlanta-Hartsfield Airport.  Jessica Bennett, the child’s mother, said she began trying to soothe him but was unsuccessful.

At that point, Hundley, who was seated next to her, turned to her and said, “Shut that n***er baby up,” according to the FBI agent’s filed affidavit.

When that didn’t immediately happened, Hundley took an open hand and slapped the baby right in the face.  Of course, the baby started crying even louder.  As a result, the baby suffered a scratch under his right eye.

Many passengers were able to tell the story to the FBI agent once the plane landed.

Delta Airlines released a statement saying they were fully cooperating with authorities and apologized to passengers for the inconvenience.

Hundley isn’t answering any questions; instead, he referred questions to his lawyer who, as of Friday, had not returned CNN’s phone calls.

Lord, Lord, LORD, hold my mule while I run this race! I assume Miss Bennett must either have been in shock or she was more professional about it than anyone else I know would have ever been.  I’ve literally thought about this all night and I am pretty sure that had this been me, this would have had a slightly different ending.

I’m pretty sure I would have made a quick phone call to make sure someone could come pick my baby from the airport. Then, I’d have spoken to the flight attendant to make sure my baby got to said person meeting us at the airport. At that point, I would have beat the you-know-what out of that old man for laying hands on my child. See, someone would have to pick my kid up because clearly we both would have been hauled off to jail. I just don’t see how it’s possible that I would not have laid hands on the man.

Here’s the thing: there’s not one person who likes being on a flight with a crying baby. But hey, things happen and you have to deal with it.  This man was mad because the plane was landing and the baby’s ears were popping and it hurt.  Not only did he hit the baby but he called him a “n***er baby.”  Being old and annoyed doesn’t mean you get a pass for being a crazy racist.

I’m still floored.

I need to know: How do you think you would have reacted? Let’s talk.

Oh No They Didn’t! Super Bowl Ads Try To Profit From Controversy

January 30th, 2013 - By C. Cleveland
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A still from Kate Upton's Super Bowl ad for Carl's Jr.

A still from Kate Upton’s Super Bowl ad for Carl’s Jr.

The Super Bowl is more than a football game. During commercial breaks and on YouTube, companies are playing a Super Bowl of their own, competing to capture the world’s attention without embarrassing themselves. Any Real Housewives Of Atlanta fan can tell you how difficult that game is to master.

First possession of 2013 goes to Volkswagen. If you haven’t seen their ad featuring a proud Minnesotan talking like he works weekend shifts at the Jerk Pit, you clearly don’t work in a cubicle. Catch up, so you can engage in one of America’s favorite pastimes, a round of “Is That Racist?”

Does it matter that 100 Jamaicans are okay with the ad? Would it make it better if White Jamaicans existed? Do they exist? (FYI, they’re 3.2 percent of the country’s population. Yes, I Google’d and YouTube’d it. I was intrigued.) None of this really means anything. Some people find the commercial offensive. They may or may not be Jamaican.

Volkswagen knows their happy little commercial has a little edge to it. Edgy enough to talk to 100 Jamaicans. And make a back up ad. But standing out this time of year sometimes requires taking a little more risk. Success is determined by a simple premise: If the controversy outshines the product, you lose.

When the controversy puts an ad at the top of the news hour across the country, and the world collectively says, “Oh, that’s not so bad.” Companies like Volkswagen win. Bonus points if a few people say, “I love this ad” or “That’s a nice car he was driving.”

Here are a few attempts from Super Bowls past where companies have pushed the envelope to varying degrees, with varying levels of success. Is it a touchdown, or did they fumble the advertising budget?

It’s Because We’re Black: Former ‘American Idol’ Contestants Suing Over Alleged Racist Elimination Practices

January 25th, 2013 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Reality show American Idol has been making headlines for all of the wrong reasons lately. There’s the highly publicized  bickering between hosts, the show’s unfortunate decline in ratings, and now, this. TMZ is reporting that nine former American Idol contestants who were all disqualified during past seasons have teamed up to sue the show, each of them claiming that their elimination was a result of a racially charged plot to increase the show’s ratings.

New York attorney James H. Freeman, who has assumed the role as the legal representative of the ex-contestants submitted a letter to United States Equal Opportunity Commission requesting permission to sue the show and parent channel FOX on behalf of the ex-contestants.

The letter reveals that Freeman was moved to investigate the singing competition’s shady practices when contestant Jermaine Jones was booted off of the show in March of 2012 due to outstanding warrants that producers expressed they were unaware of. In his research, he found that the show had only publicly disqualified nine other contestants, all of them being Black.

The attorney says that these public disqualifications are all a part of Idol’s “cruel and inhumane” efforts to disgrace and humiliate Black contenders on national television and bolster negative stereotypes about Black people in the media. He also expressed that this process actually begins when the show first starts auditioning for the year and producers ask contestants “Have you ever been arrested?”

Freeman says these practices are in direct violation of the CA Employment law. SHouse Law Group’s website reads:

“The California Labor Code2 and the California Code of Regulations3 provide that for the most part private employers are not supposed to ask job applicants about arrests that did not lead to convictions.”

He also claims that the show falsely portrayed his clients as “violent criminals, liars and sexual deviants”.

The contestants who will be suing in this case include: Corey Clark of season two, Jaered Andrews of season two, Donnie Williams of season three, Terrell and Derrell Brittenum of season five, Thomas Daniels of season six, Akron Watson of season six, Ju’Not Joyner of season eight (photographed above) and Chris Golightly of season nine.

Have you witnessed the disqualification of any of the contestants involved in this case? Would you say they were racially motivated?

Jazmine Denise is a news writer for Madame Noire. Follow her on Twitter @jazminedenise

I Always Wanted To Ask…Why Are White People So Hell Bent On Using The N-Word?

January 15th, 2013 - By madamenoire
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ABOUT THIS EPISODE

Black people debate over the n-word all the time and though there’s mixed opinion as to whether we have the right to use the word and should use it, one thing that’s unanimous is that white people should not use the word under any circumstances. Unfortunately, a lot of non-black people seem to have missed that memo. Consequently, they try to sneak in the word any chance they get, whether in a greeting, a rap song, or on the news. We can’t for the life of us understand white people’s fascination with using the n-word; so, we brought it up to the ladies of The Frisky to get their take on this phenomenon and fess up to whether they’ve used the word themselves and think they should be able to.

Check out the episode and weigh in below.

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What Happens When Your White Boyfriend Is A Racist?

January 9th, 2013 - By Charing Ball
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From Slate:

“Dear Prudence,

My boyfriend and I have been dating for six months but have known each other for more than two years. I am black and he is white. This has never been a problem and our parents, families, and friends are fully supportive of our relationship. Amazingly, we have had precious few arguments or problems. Until now. In a moment of extreme frustration, my boyfriend used the “N-word” in reference to one of my friends. We were alone so no one else heard the comment. I was stunned, shocked, and appalled. I immediately left the room because I was so disturbed. It is a word that neither I nor my family or friends use in any sort of context because I have been raised to view it as incredibly offensive. He came to me and apologized profusely and had tears in his eyes while doing so. I accepted his apology because it was completely out of character for him, but I am now questioning our relationship. What do you think?- Unspeakable

In her advice to Unspeakable, Prudence suggest that despite her acceptance of his apology, she is not quite over his use of the N-word. However, since she cares for the man, which is evident by her not breaking up with him instantly, Prudence says that she must re-raise the issue with the boyfriend, giving him a chance to better explain his reasoning for using such derogatory language and give herself time to not only gauge his sincerity, but determine if she can fully accept his apology and move on.

Full disclaimer: Date whomever you want to date – not that you were looking for my permission, but I mean this sincerely. I am past that point in my life where I give two craps about what anyone does sexually. However, this situation, right here, is probably my biggest personal hang-up on interracial dating: what to do when your significant other says, or God-forbid does, something racist. And it wouldn’t have to be something awful like the N-word. It could be something casually racist like calling things “ghetto” or assuming that I would want a slice of watermelon. I can see this creating a whirlwind of confusion and hostility inside of me. With that said, I can imagine the pain the letter writer in this situation must be feeling right now. Not only would I be filled with self-doubt, particularly trying to work through what made him feel comfortable enough to drop the N-word around me, but also trying to figure out why hadn’t I noticed it sooner. Two years is a long time to devote to someone, only to find out that your man is a bit of a racist.

And in case she had any doubt, let me clear it up: your boyfriend is a racist – or at the very least, has anger management issues. No way should he be THAT “frustrated” at your friend that he is dropping N-bombs, especially behind your friends back (and I do assume this “friend” is male?). And as Chauncey Devegas, of We Are Respectable Negros writes of this Dear Prudence letter:

On these matters, my decision-rule is a simple one. People are what they do. People who say racist things are racists. People who say homophobic things are anti-gay. People who say sexist things are sexist. Of course, there are ranges of behavior here. A person who calls someone a N-Word, and is then apologetic about it, is a different type of racist than someone who holds a K.K.K.K.Klan card. However, both party’s attitudes and beliefs flow from the same fetid waters. In many ways, the latter is simply more honest and direct than the former about what is a basic disrespect towards the humanity and dignity of black and brown people.”

A few days after September 11th, one of my best girlfriends called me and told me about how she had been pulled over in her car by police for no reason. Nothing unusual about that. However, this story takes a weird turn when she shares that one of the cops started asking her about her “head scarf” in her driver’s license picture. All of a sudden, they wanted to know about her Islamic background and her land of “origin.” I was beyond shocked. This was not some hillbilly town in East Jablip of America. This is Philadelphia, a city where a very significant portion of the black and brown population in the city practice within the Islamic faith. We don’t get down like that. And that’s what I told the guy I was dating at the time.

He smirked, rolled his eyes and said, “Good I’m glad they searched her. They need to send all them bean pie eating terrorists back to the middle east.” If I was shocked before, I was totally rendered speechless then. Here is someone, who I had been with for a good year and who had spent significant time around my good girlfriend before. As far as I was concerned, there was nothing about him, which gave me any indication that he had problems with Muslims. Worse, even after I told him how disrespectful, offensive and ignorant his comments were, he had the nerve to double down on his xenophobia.

I officially broke up with him after that conversation. And while his anti-Muslim hatred wasn’t the full reason, that incident definitely helped me to see this guy in a new light. The events of Sept. 11, 2001 were horrible. And the blatant ignorance and hatred, which spawned from such tragic events is also shameful. And I didn’t want any parts of that. Besides, my best girlfriend is like family to me, and her faith is a pretty big part of her. Therefore, if I had to choose between my boyfriend and my best friend, well, bye hater.

There is also something that needs to be said about boundaries and why it is important to not only define them, but follow through with them. I’m not going to say whether or not the letter-writer should leave her boyfriend of two years, but I will say that if she believes his apology to be sincere and decides to continue on with the relationship, she better make it clear that there will be no more N-bombs dropping out of his mouth. I don’t care if we are at a concert together, and Trinidad James hands my white boyfriend the microphone, and personally invites him to sing all the lyrics to “All Gold Everything.” He better stick to the radio edit.

But she should also consider the very real possibility that whatever bigotry he harbors will likely always be simmering beneath the surface. And generally, people don’t always monitor their mouths too closely, especially if there is alcohol involved. The last thing you want is for your racist significant other to go blurt out the “N-Word” at a public event such as a family barbecue. Now, you’re in the uncomfortable position of trying to not only ask for some understanding, but calm the nerves of those family members, who don’t give a hot damn about understanding. And now everybody starts treating you like Sandra Bullock…

So what do you think: Could you be an Edith to some man’s Archie Bunker?

I Always Wanted To Ask… Are Black Women Jealous Of White Women?

January 8th, 2013 - By madamenoire
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ABOUT THIS EPISODE

If there’s any topic that gets Black women riled up it’s interracial dating. Though most of us have tucked our reactions into the “I don’t care pile,” a number of us are still known for having a bit of a ‘tude when we see a White woman on a Black man’s arm. But why? Are we jealous? Do we think the chosen White woman sees herself as some kind of trophy? Do we want Black men all to ourselves? These are the types of assumptions that are being made on all sides of the coin, so why not get to the bottom of these misconceptions and address them as best we can? That’s what we did in our new series, “I Always Wanted To Ask.”

Yesterday, we gave you an intro to the series and some background info on the ladies whose opinions are included. Now it’s time to delve into the convo. This is “I Always Wanted To Ask:” Interracial Dating.

KEEP THE DISCUSSION GOING WITH MORE EPISODES OF I ALWAYS WANTED TO ASK.

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Well, If She Ain’t Mad: Serena Williams Defends Tennis Player Who Mocked Her On The Court

December 21st, 2012 - By Brande Victorian
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A little over a week ago, everybody but Serena Williams had something to say about Caroline Wozniacki. She’s the Danish tennis player who stuffed her bra and her skirt with towels during a tennis match against Maria Sharapova in what everybody who wasn’t black thought was a hilarious impersonation of Serena Williams.

I, personally, didn’t see what was necessary about her mockery — let alone funny — but according to Serena, no one should be taking the stunt so seriously. In an email to USA Today yesterday, she finally responded to the issue, writing:

“I know Caro and I would call her my friend and I don’t think she (meant) anything racist by it.”

Adding that she didn’t bother to watch the viral video, Serena insisted there’s nothing unique or malicious about what Wozniacki did.

“(Roddick) and (Djokovic) do it all the time and Caro does (it) and now it’s racist.??”

“At the end of the day I spend my time focused on things to become better and not bring me down.”

I actually perceived Wozniacki’s imitation as more sexist than anything, although there was obviously more concern from my end because Serena is a black woman. Still, I didn’t understand why any woman who knows — or maybe she doesn’t — what it’s like to be taunted for your body would choose to perpetuate that type of behavior during a tennis match of all times. At the very least, if the act wasn’t racist, it was still inappropriate.

Perhaps the best line in Serena’s email was when she added, “if people feel this way, [Wozniacki] should take reason and do something different next time.”

Listen to your friend, girl. Listen to your friend.

What do you think about Serena’s reaction to being mocked?

When Having An Opinion Goes Wrong: Steven Tyler Apologizes To Nicki For “Idol” Diss

November 29th, 2012 - By Clarke Gail Baines
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We told you earlier this week about the random beef that was created between former “American Idol” judge and legendary Aerosmith front man Steven Tyler and current “American Idol” judge and hip-hop diva Nicki Minaj. When asked what he thought about the new slew of judges, which includes the Nickster, Tyler commented on the fact that he didn’t think those on the panel would work to bring out the best in their contestants, and in the process, decided to call out Nicki of all people specifically:

These kids, they just got out of a car from the Midwest somewhere and they’re in New York City, they’re scared to death; you’re not going to get the best [out of them]. … If it was Bob Dylan, Nicki Minaj would have had him sent to the cornfield! Whereas, if it was Bob Dylan with us, we would have brought the best of him out, as we did with Phillip Phillips. Just saying.”

Well, even though he was “just saying,” Minaj was HEATED. She went on to have a full-on Twitter rant, where she claimed that him assuming she wouldn’t like a Bob Dylan type of performer, even though no one really has seen her judge the talent yet, was racist.

I understand you really wanted to keep your job but take that up with the producers. I haven’t done anything to you. That’s a racist comment

You assume that I wouldn’t have liked Bob Dylan??? why? black? rapper? what? go F**k yourself and worry about yourself babe.

LOL lets make him a shirt that says “No Coloreds Allowed” then escort him down 2 Barbara Walters so he can tell how he was threatened w/guns

And to say Tyler started to feel the heat might be the understatement of the year, because according to MTV, he surprisingly decided to apologize for his comments on the Canadian entertainment talk show, eTalk. Or to be more clear, he decided to apologize for the fact that she took them to heart so easily, and took the comments so left:

I apologize if it was taken wrong, Nicki. But I am the farthest thing from [being a racist] … I am the last thing on this planet as far as being a racist. I don’t know where she got that out of me saying I’m not sure how she would have judged Bob Dylan. Maybe I spoke out of turn. But a racist I’m not, Nicki.

Well didn’t that situation spin out of control fast or what? And it’s definitely interesting how serious his tone changed when responding to her comments, but I’m sure that there’s nothing more jarring to someone like Steven Tyler than to have a black woman with a lot of power and a huge fan base put out into the universe that he might be a racist. Hopefully this whole drama is dead, and that not only will other celebrities stop trying to nitpick at this girl (because like it or not, “Idol” did give her the job), but that she’ll try not to be so sensitive in the future. Just saying *in a Steven Tyler voice*

 

So Kim Still Thinks Her Comments About Kandi’s House Are Cool: “I Don’t Have To Prove Anything To Anyone”

November 7th, 2012 - By Brande Victorian
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If it weren’t for Kenya Moore, Kim Zolciak would easily be the most hated housewife on the “Real Housewives of Atlanta” right now. After letting her assistant, Sweetie, gas her up with tales of the hood while she was visiting Kandi’s new home, Kim made several ridiculous, borderline racist — or at least prejudice — comments about the Cascade’s area and the mansion Kandi and her boo bought in cash. Yes, cash. From saying she didn’t feel safe and she had to lock her doors to commenting that if she was black she would have a swimming pool in her home too, just about anybody watching RHOA Sunday night was done with this chick when the episode ended.

Unfortunately Kim couldn’t even help herself out with a follow-up blog post to the premiere episode of the show. Rather than logically explain the shade, and sheer jealously, she has toward Kandi she threw out the classic excuse every white person uses to prove their not prejudice: I don’t see color. Yeah, OK. Here’s what she wrote on her Bravo TV Blog.

When Sweetie and I took the hour drive over to Kandi’s new home, I wasn’t in the best mood. It was over 95 degrees outside, I was 7 months pregnant, and Kandi’s home had no A.C. running. Sweetie told me it wasn’t safe at all (however I still went to support Kandi), and in fact there are several movies and songs that describe and portray the harshness of that area.

Kandi has always mentioned to me that she loves the way I’ve decorated my homes, so I had no problem giving her tips about decorating. My comment about her having an indoor swimming pool because she’s black was just a silly joke. Kandi, Sweetie, and I laughed. Quite frankly, I wish I had one myself.

As for NeNe, she still can’t keep my name out of her mouth! NeNe constantly insinuated “I come from a trailer park” AND I am the racist one? I don’t have to prove anything to anyone. I know my character, and the multiple friends of different races that I do have know it as well! Like I have said before and will say here again for the last time, COLOR means absolutely nothing to me, it is the person’s character and blatant ignorance that determines the non-friendship between me and the person. That is all for now.

I get it. I always say racially inappropriate comments when I’m hot, irritated, and homeless too. Sit your pregnant butt down Kim.