Tuesday, August 12, 2008


Early this year, I was interviewed for a small magazine article. The writer wanted to know a little about my background, my career and my dreams. The interview went from who my favorite school teacher was to whether I think war can truly be just. It was going well until the writer asked, “How much do you think your skin color has played in getting you to where you are?”
“What?” I asked confused.
“The fact that you are light skinned,” he said. “The perception of light skinned African women is the same as that of blond white girls. Light skin is desirable and without people knowing it, they tend to favor women like you because of your skin color.
- Tumwijuke

Tumwijuke of Ugandan Insomniac discusses skin tone issues in Africa after seeing a cosmetic commercial in which Beyonce's skin looks digitally whitened, wondering “Why are our supermarkets filled with cosmetics from Johnson and Johnson that promise to brighten your color and return you to the fairness of your youth?” And she adds “Why, when, how, why did we go back to that place where looking more white was the preferred state?”

Michelle Malkin has posted Your MSM racial bean-counting contest : Idiocy in black and white.

The Chicago Tribune’s Howard Witt, in a video interview with Leonard Witt of the Public Journalism Network, tells of the power of the Black blogosphere in saving the then 14-year-old Shaquanda Cotton from seven years in jail for shoving a hall monitor and then how that same Afro-American blogosphere drove the Jena 6 protest in Louisiana. He contends the White blogosphere is less relevant than the ethnic blogosphere. Also: Howard Witt says MSM job cuts might mean the Jena 6 and Shaquanda Cotton type stories, both of which he broke, might not be possible in the future. It's a 10-minute interview worth watching. [via PJNet]

Today marked the one year anniversary of the disappearance of Haitian human rights activist, Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine.

VIDEO: Vibe.com counts down "Bernie Mac's 10 Most Hilarious Moments."

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