Tag: Black Women

Is That Kerry Washington on Cover of InStyle

By Sheryl Estrada Updated on Feb. 5 at 7:17 p.m. ET: InStyle magazine has addressed complaints the March 2015 cover photo of Kerry Washington was edited to lighten her complexion. “While we did not digitally lighten Kerry’s skin tone, our cover lighting has likely contributed to this concern,” InStyle magazine…

QVC Hosts Mock Black Model's Natural Hair

By Sheryl Estrada QVC host Sandra Bennett has apologized after video surfaced of her mocking a Black model’s natural hair on live TV. In a segment used to sell Dooney & Bourke products, Bennett made the following comment as a camera panned to a Black model with natural hair showing…

Viola Davis Slams Hollywood's Lack of Diversity

By Sheryl Estrada Actress Viola Davis’ acceptance speech at the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Jan. 25 showed both heartwarming appreciation for her family, and also the bluntness of her character Annalise Keating. After winning the award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series for her…

Welcome to the Most Diverse Congress Yet

By Chris Hoenig Congress is still predominantly white and predominantly male, but the 114th Congress, sworn in on Tuesday, is the most diverse ever. There are 535 elected seats on Capitol Hill—435 in the House, 100 in Senate. In the House, three women are making history: New Jersey Democrat Bonnie…

Titi Branch, Black Beauty-Industry Queen, Dies at 45

By Chris Hoenig Titi Branch, who helped launch one of the biggest natural-hair product lines, has died. She was 45. Branch, along with her sister, Miko, launched Miss Jessie’s line of products for women with textured hair in 2004, naming it after their grandmother. One of the first major hair-care…

Race & Online Dating

By Chris Hoenig Black men and women have a far harder time with online dating than almost every other race or ethnicity, with the exception of Asian men. Research gathered by online dating site OkCupid points the finger at a racial bias that has only intensified over the past five…

Newspaper Apologizes for Slavery Cartoon

By Chris Hoenig A Pennsylvania newspaper has issued an apology after publishing an editorial cartoon that compared air travel to the slave trade. In its Saturday edition, the Lancaster New Era ran a cartoon that depicts a couple standing before a diagram of the seating chart for a slave ship….

Military Relaxes Hairstyle Restrictions

By Albert Lin After uproar over the military’s new grooming policies, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced that the guidelines have been relaxed and that offensive language has been removed from the policies of two branches of the military. In a letter to U.S. Representative Marcia Fudge (D.Ohio), chair of…

Detroit's Maternal Death Rate Higher Than Third World Countries

By Jasmine Evans In Detroit, women are dying from pregnancy-related causes at a rate higher than some Third World countries, including Libya, Uruguay and Vietnam. The average maternal death rate in the city is also triple the national average. The Michigan Department of Community Health, which tracks the data, said…