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On Zoe Saldana, Nina Simone, Convenient Blackness and Colorism in the Dominican Republic

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[email protected] Cool story but please take Nina's name out your mouth. For the rest of your life. — Nina Simone (@NinaSimoneMusic) March 3, 2016 This week, the trailer for the oft delayed Nina Simone biopic “Nina,” starring actress Zoe Saldana in the title role, was...

From Cages to Covers: Serena Williams and the Racist History of Likening Black People to Animals

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At 5’11, I’ve been called a stallion many times. In the black community, calling a woman a stallion is usually intentioned as a compliment, and for many years I received it as such. A combination of cultural conditioning and an ignorance of history were responsible...