15 Things It’s Still Hard To Do While Black

December 2, 2015  |  
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Will Smith may think racism is rare, but these individuals had a much different experience when trying to do these things while black.

Make Dinner on Fox News…

Without getting asked if you make Kool-Aid to go along with it when you’re at home.

Hail A Cab

News Anchor Al Roker recently had to file a complaint when a New York City cab refused to pick him up. And he’s not the only one.

Have A Unique Name

“Ghetto names” on a resume? That’s one case where Raven Symone says she isn’t afraid to discriminate.

Talk About Discrimination…

Without being accused of making it all up. We still have our eyebrows raised about this bit of unexpected shade from soap star Nancy Grahn in response to Viola Davis’ groundbreaking Emmy’s Speech about racism in Hollywood.

Grow Up Without Knowing The “R” Word

Actress Sandra Bullock says that she’s already had the racism talk with her 5-year-old black son to prepare him for the world he’s growing up in.

Avoid Name Calling

Terrell Owens found that out at a Starbucks when a racist fan recently called him a “spear-chucking, monkey a–, looking MF” — prompting Mr. Owens to throw his drink all over him.

Go To Certain Clubs

Remember when these women became famous when they were excluded from a club for being “too dark.”

Have Natural Hair…

without other celebrities trying to pet you… like a dog. Just ask The Weeknd about his uncomfortable encounter with Taylor Swift.

Have Curves

Body shaming has come a long way, but not for everyone. Nicki Minaj recently found that out the un-funny way when Ellen made fun of her behind in a sketch that some people are calling dangerously close to a minstrel show.


Get Loud

We’ve all gotten loud from time to time. But these women on a wine tour were escorted off of a train by police when they turned up the volume in what fellow wine tourers say was a clear case of #LaughingWhileBlack.

Not Speak Out

In her docu-series for Wondaland Records, singer Janelle Monae says that for her, being a black celebrity is about speaking out:

“There’s so much going on in the world right now, and I think what we’re feeling is a responsibility to making sure that we’re equipping people with music that changes their lives for the better, that inspires someone to want to be their highest selves, and that when it’s time to riot for their rights, we were their soundtrack.”

Get A Prescription Filled

Singer Kelly Price discovered that even pain-killers can come with racist overtones when a pharmacist refused to fill her late-night prescription “because of the neighborhood” she was trying to buy them in.

Date Outside of Your Race

Some celebrity fans are colorblind. But singer FKA Twigs says she found out that Robert Pattinson’s were not. When she got engaged to the star, her Twitter page was flooded with so many racist and hateful comments that she broke down in tears.

Fit Into Everyone’s Beauty Standards

Supermodel Iman recently told Elle that racism in the fashion industry is far from over:

“Nobody is calling anyone racist, but the action itself and the absence of not hiring black models is racist! This idea of the girl next door—everyone says, ‘Oh she’s so beautiful, she looks like the girl next door.’ Well I say, the neighborhoods have changed.”

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