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

Melody Gulliver News

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 …

Grammy President Denies Race Problem In Beyonce’s Loss

Melody Gulliver Arts & Entertainment

Photo by Thomas Hawk via Flickr Following Adele’s album of the year Grammy victory, criticisms about race in the music industry have dominated post-Grammy conversations. Critics asserted Beyonce’s Lemonade “dominated critical discussion in 2016” and her grammy-loss reflected racial bias and lack of diversity in the Recording Academy. Adele called attention to Lemonade’s significance and apparent “snub” during her acceptance …

California Legislators Fight Racial Discrimination in the Workforce and Unequal Pay

Jerzy Messan Archive

Photo by Ann Fisher via Flickr California democrats plan to enforce a law requiring businesses to provide equal wages for employees regardless of race. After implementing the California Equal Pay Act in early January, which mitigated the issue of gender wage inequality, politicians are working to push businesses even further by producing a labor policy that also includes racial equality. …

KKK Plans to Demonstrate Faces Criticism From Local Mayor

Jerzy Messan Archive

Photo by Stephen Melkisethian via Flickr After around 20 members of the Klu Klux Klan, a historically terroristic White supremacist group, planned to organize a rally on Saturday morning local officials and members of the community rebuked the demonstration of “hate and anger.” The group informed the police that their event would be held at Pearson Park in Anaheim, CA, …

UCLA Administration Responds to White Student Union

Mia Brumfield Archive

Today UCLA Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Janina Montero released a statement in response to the creation of a UCLA White Student Union Facebook group. The Facebook group is one of more than 30 that has appeared on college campuses around the country. Other schools include UC Berkeley, Stanford University, Penn State, New York University, and the University of Missouri. Although the groups …

Black Organizations Release Official Statement on “Kanye Western”

Mia Brumfield Archive

  The Afrikan Student Union at UCLA released an official statement on the Sigma Phi Epsilon and Alpha Phi “Kanye Western” party held Monday,October 5,2015:   On the night of Tuesday, October 6th, 2015 the UCLA chapters of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and Alpha Phi sorority threw a party themed ‘Kanye Western’. At this party, students were encouraged to dress …

Black Bruins Protest “Kanye Western” Themed Party: ‘Can We Breathe Here?’

Ivy Briana Price Archive

Students marched to Chancellor Gene Block’s office dressed in all black attire on Thursday afternoon to protest events that took place at a fraternity house Tuesday night. Members of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and Alpha Phi sorority organized a party themed “Kanye Western.” Black Bruin Chibunkem Ezeenekwe reported that she and three friends witnessed this ordeal firsthand and were appalled. Attendees …

UCLA Students Respond to Blackface Party

Mia Brumfield Archive

A group of African American UCLA students faced off with members of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and Alpha Phi sorority Tuesday night, breaking up a party where guests wore costumes caricaturing African Americans.   The party and the confrontation called into question an unsteady campus climate and the need for action against racial insensitivity. Earlier that evening, Chibunkem Eze, Lynzie Glover, and …