• New York Fashion Week is nearing its close, and divas from around the globe have been showing up and showing out on the runways.  However, one writer is wondering why the fashion industry still has issues with race. In her article, “Why Fashion Keeps Tripping Over Race,” Fashion editor Robin Givhan recalls watching the Spring 2011 Lanvin show. At the close of the show, a “handful” of Black models strutted down the runway en masse. The crowd ate it up, not because the clothes were fierce, or because the women “performed dramatic pyrotechnics,” but they cheered simply because the models were black. Are black models just a fashion accessory or is industry finally becoming more diverse? [NY Magazine]
  • Should a white student run an African-American student group? According to the University of North Florida, heck yeah! Recently there has been some controversy around the University’s decision to appoint a white freshman, Torey McCleskey, to the coveted spot of assistant director for the African-American student union (AASU). The AASU members are up in arms and have taken their fight to the yard and are protesting the student Senate’s decision to pick McCleskey. AASU students argue that not only is McCleskey not qualified for the job, there were other (black) candidates that were more qualified. They also say that the University appointed him to fulfill some sort of diversity agenda. Happy Black History Month? [Daily Mail]
  • Blame it on the Black man. It recently came out that the wife of an NYPD deputy inspector lied to police about being “beaten up by a masked black man” outside her home. Tsui Dadamo first told the authorities that a Black man wearing a bandana “roughed her up” on Valentine’s Day, a few days after her husband’s tires were slashed. Apparently, Ms. Dadamo made up the story because she was upset her husband was having an affair. She also later admitted to slashing her husband’s tires. I know it’s hard to take responsibility when you F’ up, but why do Black folk always have to be the fall guy? [NY Daily News]
  • According to a new report by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, millions of African-American women have been raped, but haven’t reported it or sought counseling to deal with the trauma.  Although Black women are the second largest group to be victims of sexual assault, the report found that only seven percent of Black women who have been sexually assaulted report the attack to the police.  Although many are working to break the cultural stigmas that keep Black women from reporting an attack, we have to begin speaking up and telling out stories. [Medill]
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