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Too Sensitive? Disney Princess Covering Watermelon Candy Causes Pause

March 5th, 2012 - By Brande Victorian
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We don’t have to pretend like we aren’t aware of the stereotype that black folks love watermelon (and fried chicken) to say that the assumption that Disney’s only black princess, Tiana, covering a package for Watermelon Dipping Candy being labeled “racist” is a bit extreme.

I’m no fool to the subtleties of racism but I think it’s a stretch to draw racism out of this Valentine’s Day candy that was marketed by Dig N’ Dips. On one side of the packet, white princess Aurora of Sleeping Beauty covers a vanilla-flavored dipping stick, while on the other, Tiana is the face for the watermelon treat. Sociological Images has called the marketing “insensitive” at least “In light of this history [of black people being stereotyped to love watermelon], as well as the ongoing racism [that's still perpetuated].” But that conclusion is hypersensitive in my opinion.

Tiana seems to have landed on the watermelon candy by default. To be fair, in other packaging Princess Belle of Beauty and the Beast appears on the vanilla-flavored candy and Cinderella covers the Cherry-flavored dips. Is there a hidden message in that? I’m not even sure I would have a problem if this was vanilla- and chocolate-flavored candy. Sure, it may make you pause for a second, but “racist” can’t be the default response every time something that deals with black people catches our eye—and incites our on racial hypersensitivity.

Do you think Tiana being featured on the watermelon candy is a coincidence or subtle racism?

Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.

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Scent From the Heart: 10 Fragrances Perfect for Valentine’s Day

February 8th, 2012 - By Loren Lee
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Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and it’s time to update your fragrance wardrobe. By now, most people have developed a signature scent, but its allure may have diminished because a significant other or friends have gotten used to it. And since smell is the strongest tie to memory, why not create brand new ones with a new brand of perfume this V-Day? We’ve searched high and low to bring you several fragrances that will spice up, freshen up, or sweeten things up a bit.

Purchase a bottle for yourself or “hint” to your lover which perfume is your heart’s desire: “Honey, I’d love that bottle of perfume on page __ of this Madame Noire article!” Let’s face it, there’s no time for subtly. Just remember that a great fragrance – like a great outfit – is an investment and subjective. If possible, visit the store to get a whiff of these scents in person. Even try a sample for a day because the scent can change as it wears. Still, we’ve included the complete notes of each perfume to make it easier for those who know what scents they like and are willing to purchase online.

With all that said, browse our picks and find the one that speaks to your heart…


Once You Go White…

March 1st, 2011 - By Renay Alize
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Now, before you get yourself into a tizzy claiming that I’m encouraging interracial relationships, selling out, abandoning the black community, whatever– know that I’m not speaking on that subject. There are plenty of people doing that already and that is not the purpose of this post. This post is just an ode to the brothers on the lighter side of the spectrum. The ones we say “hmm” to when we’re watching a movie. They’ll make the Afro wearing, dashiki clad, militant sister look and think twice and reaffirm the beliefs of the “I don’t see color” black girl. So without further ado, a list of the white dudes we swoon over…

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