Black-ish Star Tracee Ellis Ross Talks Hair, Black Standards of Beauty

Last week I published a piece on this site about how a white dude at the opera called me "disgusting" after I refused pull back my naturally curly hair. I wrote that my hair looked "more Tracee Ellis-Ross in Black-ish than Diana Ross's 1983 Central Park performance." Translation: I was having a tame hair day. And now,… » 1/24/15 10:06pm Yesterday 10:06pm

Sisters at the Margin

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Growing up in a predominantly white, middle-class neighborhood in Seattle I remember my mother warning my older brother not to be caught running after dark, and, if ever stopped by police, to do whatever they asked—no more and no less. Speak as little as possible, she'd say. Every suggestion was a weak attempt to… » 1/24/15 2:32pm Yesterday 2:32pm

How to Talk About Race with Your Kids

It'd be wonderful if you could just say to children, "People might look different and come from different places, but we're all equal and should be treated the same" and leave it at that. But if recent news has taught us anything, it's that reality is not so simple, and we need to face the topics of race and racism… » 1/23/15 2:11pm Friday 2:11pm

Why Kamehameha Schools Is So Important

In 1884, a Princess, Bernice Pauahi Bishop died, leaving 353,000 acres of land in the Hawaiian Islands. In her will, she dictated the creation of a school for Native Hawaiian children, where pure blooded Native Hawaiian Children come first, then anyone else who could prove Native Hawaiian ancestry. The more Hawaiian… » 1/23/15 2:34am Friday 2:34am

Simon Pegg to co-write script for Star Trek 3

I'm thinking this is EXCELLENT news. I LOVE Simon Pegg. I think he is really smart and his movies with Nick Frost are able to send up their respective genres while still having total respect for people's enjoyment of them. Plus it's time for a fun, tightly scripted ST movie. » 1/22/15 9:43am Thursday 9:43am