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“I have gotten so many letters from girls and boys who were so excited and proud to see a Black woman performing one of their favorite characters, “Elphaba”, in the musical Wicked. I was in Wicked for nearly 2 and a half years and I learned so much during that time.. .it wasn’t always easy and I was so busy in my own experience of working at the Gershwin theatre that I didn’t truly imagine so many kids would be inspired.

“Oh, but the letters flew in, the artwork the fan sites, all the love that said “We’re so proud of you!” and “We can do it too!” I found out over the years that these things have meant alot to young people of color. ”

- Actress Saycon Sengbloh, on being the first black ”Elphaba” in Wicked on Broadway.

(via racialicious)

…while one can dismiss these comments as outliers, as representative of trolls or extremists, or even link these comments to the whiteness of hockey, it is crucial to reflect on the larger context. These comments reflect broader trends online, within contemporary racial discourse, and within American sports culture.

From recent tweets from model/actress Jessica Leandra Dos Santos to those directed at webseries showrunner Issa Rae and those following the release of The Hunger Games, Twitter has become rife with racial epithets, sexism, and other forms of hate speech. The level of vitriol and the ubiquity of epithets and violence language have been well-documented: therefore, the tweets directed at Ward reflect a larger pattern of racism online, as opposed to a hockey-specific manifestation. At one level, racism online reflects the technology and aesthetics that define an online environment.

Whether emboldened by anonymity, or the fact that millions of people now have a platform to disseminate their views, ideologies, and world view, the nature of online racism merely reflects the available technology. A 1993 cartoon in The New Yorker captured the appeal of virtual reality for people to voice and show the worst in themselves and society at large.

As Northwestern University professor Pablo Boczkowski told NewsOne, “We always had people shouting on the street. It was a handful of people, and the sender of the message could be clearly identified. Now the audience is much bigger, it’s more unknown, it’s more diverse potentially, and this has changed the dynamics of the game.”

The existence of avatars, online handles, and twitter accounts that can be deleted in a moment notice fosters a culture where epithets and racist pronouncements are seemingly detached from the real-body giving voice to them. The author is unclear, yet the consequences are daily evident. Brendesha Tines, professor African-American studies and psychology at the University of Illinois, describes an online world rampant with racism. In her study of high school youth, she found that 29 percent of African Americans and 42 percent of those identifying as “other” or mixed race experienced racial epithets or other forms of racism online; some 71% of African Americans and 67% of whites and mixed-race youth “witnessed discrimination experienced by same-race and cross-race peers.” It would be a mistake to look at the tweets directed at Joel Ward as an aberration but rather a visible manifestation of the daily realities of online racism.

It would also be a mistake to particularize these tweets as evidence of the sordid debauchery of online spaces. While reflecting online culture, and the presence of “trolls,” the racism directed at Joel Ward, as with other examples, reveals the nature of racism within contemporary society.

BOOM! David Leonard does an incredible analysis on the linkages between sports, casting, and other aspects of pop culture on the R today. (via racialicious)


thg cast appreciation - “My mom reminds me that all things are possible. If I’m feeling unsure, she’ll say, ‘Hey, you’re Rue!’ Within months after reading the novel The Hunger Games, I went from telling my mom that I could see myself as this character to actually getting the role. My mother reminds me that if I could manifest such an important role just because I wanted it so much, all of my dreams are possible - Amandla Stenberg

tell me she is not the most precious child in the world, i dare you.


(via racialicious)




Black AND Latino

Loving this vid on what being a Black Latin@ means, from family dynamics to casting to non-familial social interactions…and all the microaggressions that people say/do in trying to “relate.”

And you get a mini-history lesson, too.





Amen, Charlize

If folk watch the video - Viola Davis’ point was not about being hot or not, was not about comparing her looks to Halle Berry. It was about  (as she said if Theron hadn’t have interrupted her and someone making this into a .gif) that she understands the identity standards that Hollywood commodifies for particular roles and reproduce then disseminate to the masses. Regardless of Theron or me or anybody thinking that Viola Davis is the biznez, the structure  couldn’t give two warm damns about what we think. Like Clooney said in the video, Hollywood uses very simple ways to decide what the audience does/doesn’t want … of course all of this is a microcosm for how the larger society actually work - and in that there’s a system, a hierarchy, racism, colorism, classism, intellectual elitism, etc. an exclusion based on who is in charge & who runs the business. Those ppl look more like Theron than Berry or Davis, and they look especially like the majority of folk sitting in the room in that clip - white males.

yeah, way to miss the point, newsweek. as usual.

And Charlize? You need to have the whole feminist of color canon’s worth of seats.