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Meet Hannah, The Magazine Trying To Put Black Women First. Growing up with 10 other siblings, Saafir remembers the joy of flipping through issues of magazines like VIBE, Honey, Word Up! , and Right On! When she was a kid. "Back then, it was exciting to see young people who looked like us on these covers even if it was not a mainstream magazine," she said. "It was popular in the hood. It was popular in the urban communities, and I was always excited to get the next one and have my posters that I could unfold and pull out and put on my walls. " Historically black publications still exist today, but have dwindled down due to financial woes.

"We’ve been looking at everyone else to include us in their pages and why not just create our own? Of Gamers, Gates, and Disco Demolition: The Roots of Reactionary Rage. How are YouTube videos criticizing sexist video games important enough to threaten a school shooting? Read the #GamerGate tag and realize that underneath the anger is fear. I grew up in the evangelical Christian subculture, among the people on whom Ned Flanders and the Veals on Arrested Development were patterned.

So the infamous bonfires where conservative Christian teenagers would gather up their “sinful” media, throw it in a pile, and burn it while singing hymns were a part of my childhood lore. And, of course, I condemn the right-wing cultural paranoia that leads to people supporting such nonsense (even if all the kids re-buying their sinful albums two years later when they went to college probably boosted net profits). I condemn them for burning heavy metal albums in the 1970s, for burning Harry Potter books in the 2000s, and for supporting Jack Thompson’s moral crusade to get all game designers thrown in jail for “causing school shootings” before he got disbarred in 2008.

The Legendary Fashion Guru Bethann Hardison Explains Why Models All Look The Same These Days. Bethann Hardison photographed by Brigitte Lacombe. In honor of Black History Month and in light of the recent interest in African Americans in fashion -- from the Stephen Burrows retrospective in New York to the Ebony Fashion Fair exhibit in Chicago and the new documentary Versailles '73: American Runway Revolution -- we talked to industry legends and insiders about their pioneering careers and the role of race in fashion today.

The late, great designer Willi Smith first introduced me to Bethann Hardison in 1984 when we were just starting Paper. Since she was launching her own downtown indie modeling agency, Bethann, at the same time we were launching our downtown indie magazine, we had a lot in common and became fast friends. Bethann had a keen eye for spotting new beauty and Paper began exclusively using her models for our fashion shoots. Kim Hastreiter: When and why did you start the Black Girls Coalition? BH: That's right. KH:How did things change? KH:Why did she disappear? White Millennials are products of a failed lesson in colorblindness.

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speaking. Mychal Denzel Smith argues that Millennials misunderstand a key part of Martin Luther King’s message. Photo by Julian Wasser//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images What I’d like to believe from my observations in the streets of Ferguson and New York City at the height of the Black Lives Matter protests is that, among young white people, there is a real awakening around issues of racial justice. For one, movements toward racial justice have always attracted a sliver of the young white population with a disposition geared toward radical politics. To be fair, that’s not entirely their fault. It’s as Luke Hales, the lead researcher for a study on Millennial attitudes on race conducted for MTV’s Look Different project, told NPR’s Code Switch: “There’s this weird kind of snake-eating-its-tail thing where so many of our audience was brought up to be colorblind, to not talk about race.

A world where Black Lives Matter is dependent on them doing so. Evidence Of Racial, Gender Biases Found In Faculty Mentoring. Research found faculty in academic departments linked to more lucrative professions are more likely to discriminate against women and minorities than faculty in fields linked to less lucrative jobs. Now, when preschoolers get to college, some will have professors who take sustained interest in guiding them. This often happens because a student reaches out for a mentor.

Now let's hear how that time-honored process suffers from bias. Our colleague David Greene sat down with NPR's Shankar Vedantam. We should be clear of what we're talking about here. This is not professors who sort of help students acclimate to a university, give them directions. We're talking about professors who really invest in a student. SHANKAR VEDANTAM, BYLINE: That's right, David. GREENE: And what's the bias you found? VEDANTAM: The bias has to do with how faculty seem to respond to these requests, David.

Let me read you some of the names and you can tell if you can pick up a pattern. GREENE: Mm-hmm. VEDANTAM: Yeah. Why Asian Americans have diabetes but don’t know it. For the U.S. population overall, the average BMI is just under 29, according to researchers. A BMI of 25 to 30 is considered overweight, and a BMI of 30 or greater is considered obese. But Asian Americans often develop diabetes at a lower BMI. The American Diabetes Association recommends Asian Americans get tested for diabetes at a BMI of 23 or higher, a lower threshold than the general population. (iStock) This post has been updated. More than half of Asian Americans with diabetes don’t know they have the condition, according to new research that quantifies, for the first time, how common Type 2 diabetes is among that minority group in the United States. What’s even more surprising: Asian Americans have the highest proportion of undiagnosed diabetes among all ethnic and racial groups, at 51 percent, according to researchers from the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

[Antibiotic use linked to type 2 diabetes ] "You can intervene. Read more: Blogtown.portlandmercury. To be a fan of anything is to be an amateur casting director. There’s more joy in imagining potential entertainments than in their actual consumption; it’s why we leave a movie after waiting patiently for the now-traditional mid-credits stinger, and immediately start brainstorming ideas for the sequel the instant our feet touch lobby carpet. The announcement of the latest inevitable reboot is met with all the enthusiasm of having to clean out the catbox, until we catch ourselves playing in that grimy sand, pushing recycled ideas around like kitty pickles; What if Spider-Man did this? What if the Terminator did that? What if so-and-so was the Doctor? This past weekend, a new Doctor was chosen. Peter Capaldi is a great actor, and a wonderful choice, not only for the energy he can bring to the role, but for the fact he’s a massive Doctor Who nerd.

James Bond will have to be recast soon! It wouldn’t even be that hard to do. “It’s not that I don’t want Batman to be black. Which is bullshit. Asian American Film Lab. Lav Diaz: Patiently Seeking Redemption | Keyframe - Explore the world of film. ‘Norte, the End of History’ Lav Diaz is considered one of the leading filmmakers in cinema, yet Norte, the End of History marks the Cannes debut for this fifty four-year old artist. His films are audience-testing not only because of their meditative character and Diaz’s unusual work methods, but also because of their length (at 250 minutes, Norte is not even his longest!). Why does patience matter? What’s the relationship between time and space? Should the viewer be free?

Keyframe: You are not only a filmmaker: you also write poetry, compose music… does this interest in various fields of art reflect your concept of what cinema should be? Lav Diaz: Yes, definitely. Keyframe: Are you a team player or a lone wolf? Diaz: I work with people before the shoot, but once I am filming I prefer to do everything myself. Keyframe: It’s sounds like being metaphorically pregnant every time when shooting. Lav Diaz: It’s a good analogy. Diaz: One of the greatest struggles in a human life is against time. Eddie Huang on Seeing His Memoir Become a Sitcom -- Vulture. The network tried to turn my memoir into a cornstarch sitcom and me into a mascot for America. I hated that. Photograph by Kenneth Cappello This piece originally ran in January 2015. We are rerunning it with Fresh Off the Boat premiering tonight. “Just say the line,” said Melvin, our executive producer. “Did you read ?” “Eddie, we need it for the episode. “Of course you picked a Beastie Boys concert.

“It’s not your story anymore. “Then what did you buy my book for? “You have no idea what you’re talking about. Complete silence. “How about a compromise? I’d known Asian-Americans like Melvin my entire life. From the Chinese Exclusion Act to Yick Wo v. “Run the tape.” “America ain’t three fifths bad.”

I used to try to understand my existence underneath the but with no way out through the master’s house, I laced up my Timb boots, initiated Chinkstronaut mode, and escaped the gravitational pull of society. I also became a TED fellow. “I love the book. “Everybody hates those shows.” “I get it. Constance Wu Fresh Off The Boat Beauty Interview. After years of intensive study in theater and drama, Constance Wu never saw herself having a career in television comedy.

But if you’ve watched her in action on ABC's hit show Fresh Off the Boat (the first sitcom in 20 years centered around an Asian-American family), you’d think that being funny has always been her thing. Dubbed by critics as one of TV’s breakout stars, Wu has charmed her way into hearts and homes across the country, one punch line at a time. Her character, Jessica Huang, is a hard-to-please mother of three, but IRL the 33-year-old skews way more sunny and sarcastic than stern. Here, we chat with Wu about breaking television boundaries, '90s nostalgia, and her adorable pet bunny. The show is set in the ’90s — did you have any favorite trends or products from that decade? “I was just talking to the costume designer of our show, and we got into a conversation about chokers…. You obviously don’t have your character’s heavy accent. Photo: Courtesy of ABC. 'Fresh Off the Boat' Star Constance Wu Still Isn't Sure About This Whole TV Thing. Fresh Off the Boat—ABC's sitcom inspired by a memoir of the same name by chef Eddie Huang—returns for a second season on September 22.

Earlier this summer, we had a chance to catch up with the breakout star of the show, Constance Wu, who plays Eddie’s strict and often very hilarious mom Jessica Huang on the show. She told GQ about the upcoming season of Fresh Off the Boat, why she's still warming up to the idea of being a TV star, and why she won't let anyone laugh on set while she films her funniest scenes.

In your interview with the Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (“CAPE”), you talked about how Asian American roles shouldn’t be neutral, and they should show who these people really are in terms of their race and the backstory related to that. Why is that important to you? It’s something I’ve started to think about in the past year.

But the lens with which we go through those experiences is special, and it’s unique to us. And he said “Oh, come on, they’re just people.” 9 Books to Add to the Modern Brown Girl Literary Canon. A few weeks ago, I squeezed into Brooklyn's sweltering Greenlight bookstore to celebrate a debut novel, and I smiled in spite of myself. I couldn't stop smiling because, despite the heat, the whole store was filled with glowing black and brown faces, some writers, some only there to be supporters, and so many women. A year and a half ago, when I was living in Indiana, I couldn't dream this moment into my life. Back then, I still worried writing the book I wanted to write would mean having my work relegated to the African-American section of a bookstore, that is, if they'd sold enough of Dr.

Maya Angelou's catalog to make room for me on those two shelves. I've never fallen in love with most of the books considered literary classics, especially the ones we were forced to read in high school, but I do respect them. It is no secret that women—particularly women of color—are coming for the old guard in literary and genre-specific writing circles and have been for some time now. 32 Essential Asian-American Writers You Need To Be Reading. The Rejectionist | Sarah McCarry: How to Publish Writers of Color: Some Basic Steps for White Folks In the Industry. Someday I'm going to write the Essay to End Them All on why I don't work in traditional publishing anymore and what I think of the industry's institutionalized racism, but today is not that day (oh, honestly, just buy me a couple of whiskeys and I'll yell it at you).

But there has been a lot of hand-wringing on the internet of late about Diversity and Why We Don't Have It, prompting today's Twitter rampage, and look, folks, the answer is not because people of color can't write. I run a small press, Guillotine, out of my apartment; my list is currently nearly 50% writers of color, and will likely be more like 80% writers of color next year. Nearly all my chapbooks sell out and the press is 100% self-sustaining. Commercial publishing, if I can do it, so can you. I wrote 99% of this on the train just now in a state of total rage, so please excuse anything important I may have left out. 1. 2. 3.

So how do I find writers? Does this take time? 4. 5. Children's Literature: Apartheid Or Just A General Lack of Color? | WBAA. A survey of children’s literature by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center has found that of 3,200 books surveyed (out of an estimated 5,000 books published) in 2013, only 93 were about African-Americans. That dismal statistic prompted African-American children’s book author Walter Dean Myers and his son Christopher Myers to write side-by-side op-ed pieces for The New York Times.

Walter Dean Myers’s piece asked “Where Are the People of Color in Children’s Books?” While Christopher Myers characterized the situation as an “The Apartheid of Children’s Literature.” As Christopher Myers tells Here & Now’s Robin Young, the issue is not only that children of color need to see people who look like themselves in these books, but also that “these books are used as fantasy, these books are used as ways that kids can make road maps for their own lives, and if we don’t give them proper road maps, where are they going to end up?”

Interview Highlights On books providing a ‘road map’ for kids Guests. On The Erasure of People of Colour From Dystopian Fiction. Why Hasn’t the Number of Multicultural Books Increased In Eighteen Years? Note: This post was originally posted in June 2013. An updated study with new statistics can be found here. The infographic below has also been updated. Since LEE & LOW BOOKS was founded in 1991 we have monitored the number of multicultural children’s books published each year through the Cooperative Children’s Book Center’s statistics. Our hope has always been that with all of our efforts and dedication to publishing multicultural books for more than twenty years, we must have made a difference. Kathleen T. Librarians and teachers will tell you that the demand is there, at least in the institutional market. Nikki Grimes, Poet/Author: I’m not sure I know the full answer to that question, but I do think the changes in the industry have affected authors of color disproportionately.

Dr. On the other side, there may be factors that give the impression that the market for such books is small. It’s an environment where connections mean everything. For my own area of knowledge . . . Dr. Dr. We are Joseph Bruchac, author, and Stacy Whitman, publisher--Ask Us Anything! : YAwriters. A book about an Asian-American that we actually liked? | The YA YA YAs.

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