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President Barack Obama Mistaken for Waiter At Dinner Party in 2003

With all the discussion about race in America as of late, it’s hard not to think of the most decorated African-Amercan in post-Civil Rights history: President Barack Obama. After his recent speech on racial identity in America and Trayvon Martin, a reporter from the Wall Street Journal recalled a time when the president, then just a Senate hopeful, was mistaken for a waiter at a dinner party in 2003. In a blog originally posted in 2008, Katie Rosman writes about her observation of and encounter with a young Obama, who was one of only a few African-Americans at a book party… Continue Reading

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Oprah Winfrey’s ‘The Color Purple’ Co-Star Calls Her A ‘Field Nigger’

Oprah’s got a hater. The television queen’s former co-star on “The Color Purple,” Rae Dawn Chong, recently ripped into Oprah during a radio interview. Chong spoke candidly about her personal relationship (or lack thereof) with Oprah, accusing the billionaire of being “a total bitch.” She went on to say that Oprah would have been a “field nigger” during slavery. Apparently the two had a falling out sometime after their Pulitzer Prize-winning film. She said that while Oprah was “lovely” on the set back in 1985, things changed when Chong starred in another movie called “Commando.” “I starred in Commando. And she… Continue Reading

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OWN Network Tackles Skin Color With New Documentary ‘Dark Girls’

The OWN Network is breaking new ground with a rousing documentary, “Dark Girls,” which addresses the issue of skin color within the Black community. In the documentary, African-American women and young girls speak on the troubles they’ve encountered with their skin and the damaging complexities that come along with it. In a preview of the documentary, a young girl is shown pointing at an illustration of a light-skinned baby to indicate its beauty in comparison to a darker-skinned one – which is very similar to The Clark Doll Experiment, which helped win the Brown vs. Board of Education case that… Continue Reading

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Colorblind: Sorry Eve, Race Still Matters

In a recent interview with my former colleagues over at VIBE Vixen, Philly rapper Eve dished on her biracial relationship with British boyfriend Maximillion Cooper and how she planned on raising her future children in regards to race. “I don’t want them to see color. I never did. I grew up in the hood and my mother was very good at it not being a black thing, even though I grew up around all black people,” the Grammy-award winning artist said. “I want them to want to know everything about all kinds of races. I’m a black woman and I love being a… Continue Reading