Why Raven-Symone Should Own Being African American & Gay

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Oprah knew this would happen. When the chat queen recently sat down with Raven-Symone, she predicted the ex-Cosby kid would set the Internet ablaze for quipping, “I’m tired of being labeled. I’m an American. I’m not an African American; I’m an American.”
Reportedly in a longtime relationship with model AzMarie Livingston, Raven only added fuel to the fire by remarking, “I don’t want to be labeled ‘gay.’ I want to be labeled ‘a human who loves humans.’”

In a single interview, the “That’s So Raven” star managed to alienate herself from not just one but two marginalized groups. As Winfrey anticipated, the public wasted no time taking the actress to task for attempting to shirk labels with which multitudes of Americans identify. Continue reading

Springsteen Dedicates Song to Trayvon; Kerry Washington Gets Emmy Nod

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Bruce Springsteen
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Bruce Springsteen Dedicates “American Skin” to Trayvon Martin (NJ.com)

At his concert in Limerick, Ireland, on Tuesday, Bruce Springsteen dedicated the song “American Skin (41 Shots)” to Trayvon Martin, the slain youth whose killer George Zimmerman was found not guilty of murder on Saturday. The verdict has caused the public to reflect on race relations and has raised questions about whether the criminal justice system values the lives of black boys and men. Springsteen originally wrote “American Skin” for Amadou Diallo, an unarmed Guinean immigrant killed by New York City police officers who fired 41 shots at the 23-year-old after reportedly mistaking his wallet for a gun. Watch The Boss perform the song below.

Kerry Washington Revels in Her Emmy Nomination (EW)

Newlywed Kerry Washington learned Thursday that she’d received an Emmy nomination for lead actress for her portrayal of “fixer” Olivia Pope on ABC’s “Scandal.” Later that day she told Entertainment Weekly that she doesn’t act to please an audience—be it critics or award show voters. “Once you try to please a specific perspective or audience, for me, it gets in the way of the work,” she said. “The work is telling the story, and that’s what you have to do: Tell the story in the best way possible to serve the creative vision and to serve the story. You can never control how it’s going to be received.”  Washington is only the second black actress ever to receive an Primetime Emmy nod for lead actress.

Zoe Saldana Talks Equality on “The Conversation” (The Conversation)

“Avatar” star Zoe Saldana recently dropped by “The Conversation with Amanda de Cadenet” to discuss equality, among saucier topics. She remarked that she has a hard time believing that a loving God would create one creature to be inferior to another. “It is impossible,” she said. “My mind, my soul, will never understand that because it is unnatural. I am equal to everything and anything that is around me. …For you to try to change me to make me more like yourself … (Raises middle finger.) Sit. On. This. It’s just not going to happen.”

Did Kanye West Lose His Mind Years Ago? (Gawker)

Evidently Kanye West was nuts years ago. A secret audio recording said to be from 2009 was just leaked and on it a man reported to be West sounds positively unhinged. The video was recorded on the same night that West famously interrupted Taylor Swift at the MTV Video Music Awards. “Taylor Swift cannot win over Beyoncé!” the voice purported to belong to West says on the tape. “Because I wrote my verse in two days, Taylor Swift cannot beat Beyoncé. As long as I’m alive! And if I’m alive, kill me then! Kill me then!” Um, okay.

Jenny McCarthy Named New “View” Co-Host

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Jenny McCarthy
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Barbara Walters announced Monday on “The View” that Jenny McCarthy will be the newest co-host of the daytime talk show. McCarthy expressed her gratitude for the opportunity in a press release.

“I’m beyond thrilled to be joining Barbara and the other amazing women at the table,” McCarthy said. “I’d like to thank ABC for this great opportunity. …I look forward to helping make hot topics a little bit hotter, and showing my mom that my interrupting skills have finally paid off.”

I wrote just last week that when “The View” began in 1997 it billed itself as a program that would showcase the perspectives of women from a variety of backgrounds. Yet during its Continue reading

Melissa Harris-Perry on George Zimmerman’s Acquittal

Trayvon Martin supporters are still reeling from the news Saturday that a jury of six women acquitted the 17-year-old’s killer, George Zimmerman, of murder. African-American parents, especially mothers, reacted with heartfelt emotions to the verdict. Take the unnamed black woman who rallied in protest of Zimmerman’s acquittal this weekend in Los Angeles. She told the city’s CBS affiliate that she was not demonstrating because of race but in solidarity with mothers.

“A lot of us ain’t out here about no color,” she said. “It’s about being a mother. And a mother lost her baby.”

Academic and MSNBC personality Melissa Harris-Perry also spoke about being a mother after Zimmerman’s acquittal. The mother of a little girl, Harris-Perry tearfully recalled on her show Saturday how happy she was to find out that she was having a daughter, as life in the United States is too dangerous for black boys, she said. Hear Harris-Perry in her own words below.

When Will “The View” Hire a Latina?

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Rachel Campos-Duffy
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Today the rumor mill was going strong that ABC’s “The View” would likely hire Jenny McCarthy to replace co-host Joy Behar, who’s stepping down after 16 years on the morning chat show. There are many reasons that McCarthy—best known for being a Playboy Playmate, the co-host of MTV’s defunct dating show “Singled Out” and for her controversial views on autism—would be a great fit for the show. She’s funny, outspoken and would have plenty to say about dating as a single mom, including about her relationship with ex Jim Carrey. Reportedly Brooke Shields, also up for the spot on “The View,” is the only one who might stand in McCarthy’s way.

No matter which woman is hired, the racial makeup of the show would remain the same—two black ladies and three white ones chewing the fat on everything from politics to sex scandals to the N-word. In its 16 seasons on air, “The View” has featured Chinese-American, African-American and Caucasian co-hosts but has conspicuously gone without a Latina. It’s a considerable omission given that Hispanics are the largest minority group in the U.S. and that “The View” originally billed itself as a program that would highlight the views of women across ethnic, age and political lines. Continue reading