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Candyman and Irresponsible Storytelling

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The characterization of Candyman as a grotesque, hostile, and threatening black man obsessed with a white woman perpetuates dangerous racial stereotypes. The consequence of this depiction fortifies the racial fears and constructs that people of color have worked so ardently to dismantle.

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Ivanka Trump Tweets Insensitive Remarks Regarding Black History Month

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By Sydney Matthews February 1st marks the beginning of Black History Month — 28 days dedicated to celebrating Black individuality and achievement. Not only does February celebrate Black excellence, it promotes a complex dialogue about race in America. A dialogue that acknowledges struggle, survival, and success. Ivanka Trump does not share these sentiments. On February 1st, the fashion designer tweeted, …

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Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” Receives Four Oscar Nominations

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Jordan Peele’s 2017 social thriller, “Get Out,” received four Academy Award Nominations including Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay. Following the Oscar reveal, Peele expressed his gratitude via Twitter. “Right now I’m just thinking about everyone who bought a ticket and told someone else to. You did this. Thank you,” wrote Peele. Peele’s directorial debut, Get Out, is a testament …

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H&M Criticized For Racially Insensitive Ad Featuring A Black Child Wearing A ‘Coolest Monkey in the Jungle’ Hoodie

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Multi-national clothing company, H&M has faced immense criticism and backlash for a racially insensitive online advertisement which features a Black child wearing a green ‘Coolest Monkey in the Jungle’ hoodie. H&M’s marketing mishap is particularly disturbing considering the long and horrific history of the racial slur. Since the 1800s, white individuals have augmented racial hierarchies by comparing Black individuals to …

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Recy Taylor, Rape Survivor and Civil Rights Activist, Dies Days Before 98th Birthday

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Recy Taylor, daughter of Alabama sharecroppers, passed away ten days before her 98th birthday in her Abbeville nursing home. Taylor had become a prominent civil and women’s rights activist after surviving a traumatic rape during the Jim Crow era. In 1944, 24-year old Recy Taylor was brutally raped by six white men while walking home from church in Alabama. With …

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Black Lives Matter Activist, Erica Garner, Dies At 27

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Erica Garner, 27, passed away on December 30th following a medically induced coma. Garner, mother and activist, had become a prominent figure in the Black Lives Matter Movement after her father, Eric Garner, was killed by New York Police Officers, Daniel Pantaleo and Justin Damico. Eric Garner’s 2014 death incited numerous protests after a witness uploaded footage of Pantaleo and …

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George Lopez Under Fire for Racist Joke

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Photo by Jason Karsh via Flickr On Saturday, George Lopez delivered a racially charged joke at his Phoenix standup comedy show. Lopez stated, “There are still two rules in a Latino family: don’t marry someone black and don’t park in front of our house.” Immediately following the joke, a woman sitting near the stage began to flip Lopez off. Angered …