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Author archives: Jonne Austin

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    Wait, a Racist White Person is Allowed to Work at Essence Magazine?

    April 27, 2012 • Entertainment, Gender, Media, Race • Views: 1184

    Years ago when Essence came under fire for hiring a white woman as the creative fashion director for the iconic Black women’s magazine, I came to the defense of that decision. I still believe that it was the right thing to do. If I wanted to work at

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    Going Home: Reality and Fantasy in Panama

    November 5, 2011 • Culture, Race • Views: 1756

    Originally posted at TheModernLatina.com I’ve been sitting on this post for awhile because I guess I just didn’t know how to broach this. I wanted to make sure I didn’t come out extra bitter or angry. I think after all of this time,

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    Amanda Knox: Are We Ignoring The Elephants in The Room?

    October 4, 2011 • Entertainment, Media, Race • Views: 643

    I won’t get into the tawdry details of the murder of poor Meredith Kercher.  You should or must know that by now.  I won’t get into all of the drama surrounding Amanda Knox because you can read that here .  I believed, back in 2009 when she

  • Boris Kodjoe Misses Mark on Black Women and Obesity

    August 25, 2011 • Culture, Entertainment, Gender, Race • Views: 969

    Originally posted at ChasingSixPacks.com First, let me start off by saying I think that actor Boris Kodjoe and his wife Nicole Ari Parker seem like genuinely nice people and a fine couple.  With that said, I think Kodjoe’s sanctimoniousness got in the

  • Hypermasculinity, Homophobia and Homo-eroticism

    August 15, 2011 • Culture, Gender, Race • Views: 1024

    Today while at work, I received a few heads up from some folks who were quite irritated with the rants my relative was making on his Facebook wall. I started wondering what the hell was going on and what he’d said to make that much of an impression on

  • New Ultimate Spider-Man is Half-black, Half-latino!

    August 3, 2011 • Entertainment, Media, Race • Views: 1715

    Chevere Marvel has made an impressive decision to shake things up a little bit, and add a little sabor to its Ultimate Spider-Man comic series. In Ultimate Fallout Issue number four–in stores Wednesday–a half-black, half-latino (Afro-Latino) kid

  • I Used to Love Him: Common's "Ghetto Dreams"

    August 1, 2011 • Entertainment, Gender, Politics, Race • Views: 590

    Last week, blogger Necole Bitchie posted rapper Common’s new song “Ghetto Dreams” that was quite a deviation from the image he’s purveyed in the past. It’s also, lyrically, repugnant especially for a rapper that people have

  • Kreayshawn: Jim Crow, Black Women, and Boundaries

    June 15, 2011 • Culture, Entertainment, Justice, Race • Views: 733

    Last week, buzz surrouding a white female rapper named Kreayshawn and her signing by Sony was all over the blogosphere. Some people were all for her, and others were underestandably displeased. The Crunk Feminist Collective dissected Kreayshawn in a very

  • Kreayshawn: Jim Crow, Black Women, and Boundaries

    June 15, 2011 • Uncategorized • Views: 16

    Last week, buzz surrouding a white female rapper named Kreayshawn and her signing by Sony was all over the blogosphere. Some people were all for her, and others were underestandably displeased. The Crunk Feminist Collective dissected Kreayshawn in a very

  • The Problem With Beyonce’s “Run The World (Girls)”

    May 24, 2011 • Uncategorized • Views: 31

    Beyonce and her army of girls who run the world in lingerie… As a fan of Diplo and “Pon De Floor“, I was curious about Beyonce’s new song “Run The World (Girls)”.  I mean, she samples Diplo’s cut, so I wanted to

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    Screw Joe Budden and The Apologists for Abuse

    May 19, 2011 • Uncategorized • Views: 13

    Let me go ahead and premise this by saying that if you want to do war on this post, a war is what you will get.  Whenever I do posts like these, the “zombies” come out as if I were on set for AMC’s The Walking Dead.  If you

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    No Diversity in ‘Bridesmaids’? No Support From Me

    May 17, 2011 • Uncategorized • Views: 20

    Much has been said about the new movie ‘Bridesmaids’, and most if not all of it seems to be good, as the movie went on to gross well over the 24.2 million that was hoped for.  Don’t get me wrong, I am really happy that a movie with

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    Natural Hair Community on Facebook Overrun By Racists

    May 17, 2011 • Uncategorized • Views: 36

    You know how the old internet meme/adage goes: Haters gonna hate! Last week, the Facebook page for the Naturalista Cosmetics line was overrun by racists. They posted disgusting comments and racist videos in an effort to derail and denigrate the owner, Padrica

  • The Worst Place in the World to Be a Woman

    May 16, 2011 • Uncategorized • Views: 17

    No, it’s not a rap video set or Cleveland, Texas, although I’m sure that those places definitely make it to the list.  No, this unfortunate and tragic distinction goes to the Congo, where women are brutalized and raped at an alarmingly high,

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    Fitness: Scale Wouldn’t Budge. Worked Out Any Damned Way.

    May 15, 2011 • Uncategorized • Views: 15

    I totally dig it, little guy.  I feel you. I had been busting my ass off this week.  I was eating well, if anything I wasn’t eating enough to make up for the fact that I’d been working out almost twice a day.  On Thursday I woke up