Again, my apologies for the late #mediaquickie post; I’mma do better ya’ll 🙁 Here’s last week’s notable minority media moments:
Each 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.
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 No longer is whiteness the standard of emoji; it has been replaced by “Simpson yellow,” and a variety of skin tones.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.
A 2015 Black consumer
Everyone was excited for Apple’s lineup of new emojis, even Clorox, although they felt there was one thing missing.
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.
The 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.