Women of Color
“When your hair is relaxed, white people are relaxed.”: “Good Hair” and the black community
Date: February 9, 2010 | Posted By:A few months ago, comedian Chris Rock released a documentary that investigates the fanatical preoccupation with “good hair” in the black community. It’s a film that takes the viewers from neighborhood salons in Atlanta to rural villages of India, investigating the multibillion-dollar haircare industry. I’m a big fan of any documentary that examines the media Continue reading
“Slip of the Tongue”: Questioning ethnic make-up
Date: December 14, 2009 | Posted By:I stumbled across the Media That Matters Film Festival web site while randomly searching for documentaries online. After browsing through the taglines of numerous films on the site, one description immediately intrigued me: “What’s your ethnic make-up?” A young man makes a pass at a beautiful stranger and gets an eye-opening schooling on race and Continue reading
What is Real Beauty? Photographer Jodi Bieber shares her vision.
Date: November 23, 2009 | Posted By:What words have we been programmed to use when defining beauty? How about flawless, skinny, model, glamorous, celebrity, or perfection? How about painful? Well, I’m rebelling. I have a word I would like to include my in my definition of beauty; that word is “real”. “Real” as in something we all possess. “Real” as in Continue reading
Tween Dora inspires girls to explore…the mall
Date: September 28, 2009 | Posted By:Dora the Explorer’s new “tween” look has caused quite a stir. The new Dora seems to be telling little girls that looks are, in fact, very important. She is also suggesting that girls should be more interested in styling their hair than in having adventures. Luckily, the original, adventurous young Dora will live on in Continue reading
Do Blondes Have More Angst? Girls on TV
Date: September 3, 2009 | Posted By:A few months ago I was reminiscing about all the TV shows I watched growing up, and I noticed a common theme: a majority of the female lead characters were blonde. I related to these characters in different ways, depending on my age and their stories, but as both of those factors changed, one factor Continue reading
Black Barbie Dolls Leave Much to Be Desired
Date: July 17, 2009 | Posted By:As we found out from The Root, Mattel is releasing a new line of Barbie dolls that are getting a lot of attention. The new line, called “So In Style,” or “S.I.S.” are supposed to be African-American and to have more “authentic” facial features. The S.I.S. dolls are sold in pairs, with one adult doll Continue reading
Michelle Obama: A Political Body
Date: June 1, 2009 | Posted By:From the moment the Obama family moved into the White House, our newest President and his wife became instant American icons. A beautiful and intelligent African-American couple, the Obamas exist under a social microscope with the media reporting on virtually every aspect of their lives. In the midst of all the Obamamania, one of the Continue reading
A Brave Step for Mainstream Rap: Webbie’s “Independent”
Date: April 10, 2009 | Posted By:If you have seen popular music videos recently, you know that women are often wearing little clothing and dancing provocatively around men. The lyrics to these songs can be just as oversexualized, if not more so. Although there is no shortage of music featuring women in these second-class roles, there is a brave new popular Continue reading
“America the Beautiful”: Why beauty is out of control.
Date: August 27, 2008 | Posted By:You’re reading the About-Face blog, so I’m gonna guess that you’re interested in the various messed-up ways women and girls are portrayed in media, and how it can really damage our self-esteem and self-respect. Well, now there’s a movie about it! It’s the new documentary “America the Beautiful,” and you should really go see it. Continue reading
Do light-skinned black women have life easier than dark-skinned black women?
Date: April 24, 2008 | Posted By:Speaking of body image and stereotypes of women, it’s not all about thinness/fatness, is it? Take the Tyra Banks Show from today, April 24. Black women of various skin shades were on the show talking about whether light-skinned black women have things easier, and the answer seemed to be “yes.” Continue reading