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The latest entry in Gawker’s series on interracial dating is the most interesting one, as it grapples clearly with one facet of interracial dating: Family. And specifically, starting a new one:

I know that many white people also grapple with the Negro Problem, and have an acute understanding of the myriad ways that being black affects people’s lived experiences. But there’s a tangibility divide between sympathy and empathy. This matters to me in some parts of my life and not in others. For some reason, it matters to me in dating.

I date black men in part because I’d like for my partner to understand the perpetual contradiction of the black experience. The older I get the more important this is to me, as my children, once nebulous balls of brain fuzz, inch closer to reality. I want my children to have the experience of being black in America, and because of my skin color, their chances diminish significantly if I don’t marry someone black.

Not surprisingly, this angered a few of the commenters, who wondered why race or “skin color” should have anything to do with who you marry and have children with. And it shouldn’t. Which is why it’s good that the author doesn’t disagree.

What’s important to understand about black culture—and what’s lost in a racial dialogue that equates race with skin color[1]—is that membership has less to do with what you look like and more to do with your experience of American racism. This is’t precise, obviously, but broadly, “black people” are those whose ancestors formed the bottom of the American racial hierarchy, and who as a result are linked to the racist oppression of the past and present. “Blackness,” put simply, is marked by skin color but defined by common experience. It’s the difference between an African immigrant—who might resist the bond to black Americans—and her child, who might embrace it, having been raised in the hierarchy.

What the author wants, it seems, is a partner who has the black experience and can pass it on to their children. She doesn’t want visibly black children for the sake of their phenotypical blackness, she wants them because she wants to guarantee a connection to a culture that defines her and millions of other Americans.

One thing I will stress here, and always, is that “racism” isn’t just treating someone differently because of their skin color. “Racism” is assigning value and hierarchies to skin color, and thus groups, for the sake of oppression. Affirmative action is differential treatment. Redlining is racism. ↩

geedee215:

Nicki Minaj’s filthy verse on Kanye West’s “Monster” — the crazy-ass voicess, the breath control — was the first moment a lot of people started to take her seriously as an MC.

“Cups” was a many-lived ditty that achieved ubiquity after Anna Kendrick covered it in Pitch Perfect and used a plastic cup (and her hands) for percussion.

Then my boo-in-my-head Akilah made this mashup, and you get this. Which is, you know, pretty dope.

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calleeyuh:

Took my niece and nephew to have their pictures taken in their traditional Ethiopian clothing. Turned out too cute not to share. :)

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jhameia:

racialicious:

We’re just over a week away from the pop-culture experience that is San Diego Comic-Con, and while Arturo and Kendra pore over the event schedule to prepare their preview, we’d like to ask your help in finding some people who might be flying under the radar.

If you or somebody you know is a POC creator at the show, drop us a line at team@racialicious.com — use the subject line Racialicious SDCC— or in the comment thread here and let people know about your project. We’ll give you a signal boost in not only our two-part SDCC preview next week, but on social media, as well.

Just like last year, both Kendra and Arturo will be live-tweeting panels and posting during the event, on their respective Twitter accounts and the official Racialicious feed. Do let us know, Racializens, if you’ll be around as well. We’d love to see you there! - AG

ALSO! on the Friday evening we are going to gather at Pokez Restaurant, at 8pm. Please come join us! 

We’re just over a week away from the pop-culture experience that is San Diego Comic-Con, and while Arturo and Kendra pore over the event schedule to prepare their preview, we’d like to ask your help in finding some people who might be flying under the radar.

If you or somebody you know is a POC creator at the show, drop us a line at team@racialicious.com — use the subject line Racialicious SDCC— or in the comment thread here and let people know about your project. We’ll give you a signal boost in not only our two-part SDCC preview next week, but on social media, as well.

Just like last year, both Kendra and Arturo will be live-tweeting panels and posting during the event, on their respective Twitter accounts and the official Racialicious feed. Do let us know, Racializens, if you’ll be around as well. We’d love to see you there! - AG

theladybadass:

1964 Japanese Coca Cola Ad

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theyoungprinceandprincess:

THE ASIAN-AMERICAN (OLYMPIC) TRIFECTA, 1990s

If you were an Asian-American kid (or perhaps not) growing up in the 1990s, you probably would have recognized at least one of these names and might have even called them your role models at one point.

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I) Kristi Yamaguchi1992 Winter Olympics (Japanese-American)

(Then) In 1992, Kristi Yamaguchi became the first Asian-American woman to win an Olympic gold medal in any sport when she took home the ultimate prize over Japan’s Midori Ito. Yamaguchi initially started skating when she was very young as therapy for her club feet, and turned out to excel in both the singles’ and pairs’ disciplines—a rare achievement in the sport. With partner Rudy Galindo, she won the World Junior Championships in 1988, along with a number of individual successes. After their split, her career took off in an upward trajectory leading up to her Olympic triumph, including a National and World titles.

(Now) After the Olympics, Yamaguchi retired from amateur skating and had immense success on the professional and show circuits for a number of years. Six years after winning Olympic gold and a second World title, she was inducted into both the 1998 U.S. Figure Skating and World Figure Skating Halls of Fame.

Yamaguchi and her professional partner Mark Ballas were the champions of the sixth season of Dancing With the Stars in 2008. In addition, she published a children’s book called Dream Big, Little Pig in 2011, which reached #2 on the New York Times bestseller list.  

Yamaguchi is married to retired professional hockey player Bret Hedican and the couple have two children together.

II) Amy Chow1996 Summer Olympics (Chinese-American)

(Then) Best known for her role as part of the “Magnificent Seven” (the nickname for the 1996 U.S. Olympic women’s gymnastics team), Amy Chow was the first Asian-American woman to medal at the Olympics in gymnastics, bringing home a team gold and a silver in uneven bars. She was also known as “The Trickster,” due to the impressive skill set that she displayed on each of the four apparatuses—and had two gymnastics moves named after her. 

(Now) Chow was inducted in the U.S. Hall of Fame twice—first in 1998 for being part of the Magnificent Seven, and again in 2005 for her individual achievements.

She later earned a belated team bronze medal in 2010 for her capacity as a member of the 2000 U.S. Olympic women’s gymnastics team after the IOC ruled that the original bronze-medal winning team be stripped of their medals due to one of their members being underage at the time.

In addition to gymnastics, Chow is also a competitive diver, and missed competing for a spot to the 2011 National diving championships due to an injury. She graduated from Stanford University’s medical school in 2007 and is now, with her husband, a licensed physician practicing in northern California. 

III) Michelle Kwan (Chinese-American), 1998 Winter Olympics

(Then) In 1998, hearts all across America and the rest of the world broke for Michelle Kwan, who had been considered the top favorite for Olympic gold going into Nagano, after she lost to compatriot Tara Lipinski. But the maturity and grace she showed as she handled her defeat are what truly endeared her to the American public and would do so for many more years to come. She would later go on to win seven more National titles and four more World titles, in fact—bringing her total to nine National and five World titles.

(Now) After cementing her status as a legend by being the most decorated figure skater in U.S. history (and arguably the most decorated figure skater never to win an Olympic gold), Kwan was named a non-salaried public diplomacy ambassador by then-Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice in 2006—a role she continued into the Obama Administration, and has worked with Rice’s successor Hillary Clinton.

She went on to complete her undergraduate studies at the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies in 2009 and graduate studies at Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in 2011. She was also named a a member of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports and added to the board of the Special Olympics those same years, respectively. In late 2012, it was reported that she was employed by the U.S. State Department as a senior adviser for public diplomacy and public affairs.

Kwan was also the sole inductee for both the 2012 U.S. Figure Skating and World Figure Skating Halls of Fame. She married Clay Pell, grandson of the late Rhode Island Senator Claiborne Pell, in January 2013. Much like in her competition days, her dress was a custom design by Vera Wang.

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Fun fact: All three hail from California. Kristi and Amy are both either from or have trained in San Jose, where Michelle Kwan (who is from Torrance in southern California), won her first National title in 1996.

THEY ARE ALL CONNECTED.

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blackgirlstalking:

Congrats to friend of the podcast Lena Waithe! So proud of you and can’t wait to see Twenties on television. 

- Ramou

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