She darkened her face as part of a Halloween costume in 2006.
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Naturally, the internet is enraged.
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From DSquared2's 'DSquaw' to Zendaya's dreadlocks, 2015 was chalk-full of nonsense and controversies.
What's your take on the debate?
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Seriously, what were they thinking?
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Rumours have been swirling about a black James Bond for years. Mike Le of RaceBending.com believes people who think of themselves as "post-racial" will find a way to twist this theatrical racial reversal, arguing "with this particular event, you're no longer allowed to complain about racism." After the Emancipation Proclamation, people said "You're not allowed to complain because we freed the slaves." There is a contingent of concerned African-Americans who recoil the idea of giving autocrats a rope -- until they can ascertain who will ultimately be hanging from it.
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Because adding some glitter makes it all better.
As the year winds down, news readers are treated with a feast of annual compilations. From fashion to finances it is a time to look back at the hits and misses. Here is a compilation of low-lights in racial discrimination the country that coined multiculturalism.
These three, blonde, 20-somethings were dressed as cotton pickers and had painted their faces in the most offensive, unrealistic mud black I've ever seen. They said absolutely nothing, only smiled, mouth closed. Here before me, like never in my life, were three white people targeting us, the non-white people in the bar.
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It's one of the most blantant, and quite frankly, shocking instances of racism we've ever seen in the fashion industry. Russian editor (and street style fav) Miroslava Duma's new online magazine Buro...
A lot of people made mistakes this year, and because year-end coverage allows us to do so, we’re going to round them all up and talk about them. The fashion world was at no loss for controversy or str...
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It seems that blackface is still "in" for some prominent people. After several high profile incidents in the fashion world, another preeminent person decided to sport the controversial look. French El...
Why is it that the U.K.'s newspaper is willing to publish a painfully honest editorial about race in Canada but Canadian papers aren't? Before Mr. Douglas was published in the U.K., he submitted his personal op ed to Canadian newspapers. None of them thought this perspective was fit to print.
We've seen how the power of makeup can make people unrecognizable but a documentary put that to the test when they transformed a black family into white people. The doc "Dans la Peau d'un Noir" ("In a...
I'm a little tired of hearing about blackface costumes and how I should be offended by people who are obviously not racists. Context matters. Intentions matter. If a group of white dudes decide to dress up as a black-skinned Jamaican bobsled team, should I be offended? Why, because they aren't 'black' Jamaicans? Jamaica is a multi-racial country. I was at a bar once and this exact thing happened; I felt as thought I "had" to be offended even though, really, I didn't care and thought it was a funny costume. Perhaps in the new age, we need to find a term aside from "racist" to describe behaviour that is simply racially insensitive or stupid.
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Is donning blackface to dress up as a favourite TV character ever OK for Halloween?How about a bloody hoodie and blackface for a costume riff on the slain teen Trayvon Martin, or full...
One day we will all be in stitches, laughing together at the symbols which have lost their racist tone of yesteryear. Today, we are not there yet. Mario Jean's minstrel portrayal of a black person hurt members of the larger Franco-Canadian family. No one, not even the privileged members of the dominant culture, can deny it.
A Toronto drag performer is angry after he was fired as drag queen for the TD Canada Trust Pride Toronto festival after being accused of performing in "blackface." Drag queen Daytona Bitch told Xtra h...
Earlier this month Huffington Post blogger, Nydia Dauphin, wrote a post entitled, "Why The Hell Are Quebec Comedians Wearing Blackface?" She was referring to Mario Jean's "impersonation" of Boucar Diouf at the Gala des Oliviers, in which Jean used black makeup to portray Diouf. This would have been an opportune time to have a constructive dialogue concerning race relations in Quebec. Quite predictably, however, the discussion has resorted to accusations of overzealous political correctness on one side to indictments of overt racism on the other, which is simply indicative of the sad state of the discourse surrounding ethno-race relations in Quebec.
If the whites in Quebec who are donning blackface are claiming to have no prior knowledge of the practice, how and why exactly are they coming to partake so frequently in its disturbing revival? Are some commentators then claiming that some white people are born with an inherent desire to spontaneously paint their faces black to stereotype, dehumanize, and ridicule the physical characteristics of their fellow citizens? Most people are intelligent enough to deduce that blackface is a popular form that you no longer tend to see on TV or in film anymore for a reason.
In an article reacting to my blackface blog post, I am accused of calling all Quebecers racist. Somehow, by sharing my thoughts and experiences as a Quebecer, I ceased to be one myself -- placed by this media outlet as a spiteful outsider to the only society, culture, and civic family I've ever intimately known.
Quebec comedians have a strange affliction. It sporadically resurfaces time and again and it's proven almost impossible to cure. The affliction in question is the Quebec comedy scene's' sick, inexplicable obsession with blackface. Last Sunday it exposed itself yet again.
Phoenix Coyotes winger Raffi Torres is defending his Halloween costume — and himself — after he dressed up as rapper Jay-Z for a Halloween party this past weekend. A photo of Torres was tweeted with h...
During Université de Montréal's Frosh activities, white students painted their faces with blackface makeup. It's important to highlight here that this behaviour is not representative of French Canadians, which is precisely why my first week at Université de Montréal was like being on the border of Bizarro World and Crazy Town.
MONTREAL—Students at an elite Montreal business school painted themselves in blackface and chanted in mock Jamaican accents at a back-to-school event that had the university expressing regret Thursday...
MONTREAL - A back-to-school event at a Montreal university is being characterized as racist after students painted themselves in blackface.Students at the Universite de Montreal's business school dres...