MonthApril 2015

#MediaQuickies 10

Again, my apologies for the late #mediaquickie post; I’mma do better ya’ll 🙁 Here’s last week’s notable minority media moments:


#BlackGirlsRock

Black-Girls-RockEach year Black Girls Rock (a non-profit organization dedicated to building Black girls’ self-esteem and self worth) recognizes the achievements of Black girls and women around the globe. Last Sunday, the 5th annual Black Girls Rock Awards aired on BET.

This year, I haphazardly stumbled upon the awards show during their presentation of the “Shot Caller Award” given to Ava Duvernay, the director of “Selma.” I was immediately drawn into the awards show, amazed at Duvernay’s accomplishments and intrigued by the challenges she said she faces as a Black woman in her industry. After hearing Duvernay’s story, I was hooked, staying tuned in long enough to hear my First Lady address the audience.

“No matter who you are, no matter where you come from, you are beautiful! I am so proud of you. My husband is proud of you. We have so much hope and dreams for you.” –Michelle Obama

In that moment, hearing my First Lady directly address me as a Black woman and reaffirm that I am beautiful, that I am strong, that she shares my struggle, generated a sense of neo-pride in my Blackness.

Dear Apple,

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I’ve been waiting for Apple to create an emoji with an afro puff or a “Black power” fist. Apple has neither of those, but at least now with the iOS 8.3 update I can pick the skin tone of some of my emojicons, which I’ll tally as a win in my book. No longer is whiteness the standard of emoji; it has been replaced by “Simpson yellow,” and a variety of skin tones. Thank you Apple for making your non-white consumers finally feel included.

Sincerely,

A 2015 Black consumer

 

 

Clorox

Everyone was excited for Apple’s lineup of new emojis, even Clorox, although they felt there was one thing missing.

 

IMG_6557This tweet didn’t go over well and Black twitter immediately took offense. What the hell was Clorox trying to say? That the diverse emojis needed to be bleached white? That it wanted a Clorox emoji?

Whatever Clorox was trying to say, it didn’t come out quite the way it had intended and immediately issued this apology, eventually deleting its original tweet.

IMG_6556The tweeter behind this tweet was obviously oblivious to the issue of skin bleaching in colored communities world-wide. But no worries, I’m sure this Twitter fail served as a cultural lesson, revealing the reality of mediating a European standard of beauty for centuries.

 

 

#MediaQuickies 9

I’m a little late with last week’s media quickie post, but I couldn’t let last week’s juicy news cycle pass by unrefereed. So here goes:


1. #HomeIMG_6528

Last weekend, DreamWorks hit the big screen  with a double whammy. We saw their first 3-D animated movie with a black lead character, AND she had natural hair!

Without giving too much of the movie away, the storyline goes as follows: There is an alien invasion, and all the humans are relocated to a specific part of the world. The aliens’ intentions are to civilize the humans, but after one alien befriends the movie’s female heroine, Tip, he realizes it’s not the humans that need civilizing, it’s the aliens. The moral of the story?  Just because someone is different from you doesn’t mean that they need to be fixed; it means there’s something you can learn from them. And if you happen to be a social outcast, that doesn’t mean something is wrong with you; it means you should embrace what makes you different.

This DreamWorks picture couldn’t have come at a better time.  When racial tensions in our society are reaching old heights, DreamWorks gives us “Home,” a movie about two social outcasts from two different races (people and aliens) who join together in an unusual union to save the world. Kudos to DreamWorks for a job well done.the-prince-of-egypt

SN: It’s worth noting that DreamWorks’ first animated movie was “The Prince of Egypt” in 1998. Unlike the white washed cast in “Exodus: God’s and Kings” (released in 2014), DreamWorks chose to give its animated characters some color.

2. #Indiana

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Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act has been in the headlines for the past two weeks and has the LGBTQIA community up in arms. The Act is intended to ensure Americans have the right to exercise their religious freedom, thus allowing millions of “courageous conservatives” to act on their conscience when it comes to deciding whether or not they want their business/organization to serve gays and lesbians. For a clear, cut explanation of the law and the politics behind it, check out this NPR article.

Religion is tricky. Who am I to tell someone what they should believe? If, for instance, a Christian fundamentally believes gay and lesbian couples should not be married, should their food company be forced to cater a gay/lesbian wedding? With that said, at what point would Indianan’s discrimination law override its Religious Freedom Restoration Act?

The more I delve into this law, the more blue and red perspectives become a gray area of politics.

3. #UVA April Fools

satire?Last week, UVA’s student newspaper, Cavalier Daily, thought it could get away with  publishing a pair of stories for April Fools’ Day titled “ABC officers tackle Native American student outside Bodo’s Bagels” and “Zeta Psi hosts ‘Rosa Parks’ party.” The backlash that followed this poor editorial decision lead to the paper issuing this apology the same day and removing the satirical stories from their website.

According to the Cavalier Daily, it was attempting to “provide satirical commentary on important issues.”

confused_black_girl_vector_by_flyingsandwich-d84igqaThis is why diversity is so crucial in the newsroom. I highly doubt there was a colored person represented when the decision was made to print these two stories.

By making fun of Martese Johnson’s misfortune, Cavalier Daily poured salt on an open wound that had not yet scabbed over. If  Cavalier Daily wanted to contribute constructively to the conversation of race, the satirical articles should have been accompanied by a story that provided context behind the satire.

4. #DukeNoosenoose

So while UVA’s student newspaper made fun of Native Americans and racist frat parties, a Duke student was busy hanging a noose from a tree in one of Duke’s plazas.

I’m not sure what is going on these days, but  neo-racists are getting bolder by the minute.

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