Posts Tagged ‘ Beauty ’

Commentary:Farrakhan

I am not a particular supporter of Louis Farrakhan or his ideas, but I do believe he has some wisdom in this clip.

There are a hodgepodge of ideas in this clip, but what do you think about the main issue of influencing culture through hip-hop and his comments about the influence hip-hop culture has on the world?

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Future.

For myself, a man who is inter-racially married to a Taiwanese American woman and who has siblings, in-laws and cousins who are, Phillipina, Mexican-American, Euro-American, African-American, and bi-racial mixes of all of these, this picture of President Obama and his Chinese-American niece,  affirms both the validity and beauty of my family.

Urban Faith

WARNING: This is not a real post (I’m not bloggin’ again, at least not yet).

I just wanted to plug my Afro – America article on Urban Faith.

A Girl Like Me – American Beauty

In response to the recent commentary on Ben Byeryl’s Blog, Reconciliation blog, Noble Mother and I am sure several other blogs about the Bratz dolls and the value they have in a multi-cultural America, I decided to post this video of a documentary called A Girl Like Me.

A Girl Like Me” is a short student documentary concerning the issues of identity, standards of beauty. The documentary shows the difficulty Black-American women often have in seeing themselves as beautiful as well as comments on the characteristics – usually more typical in whites – that society sees a beautiful.

Another interesting aspect is that the director, Kiri Davis, performs a contemporary version of the Clark doll tests done in the 1930’s & 40’s. In the original test Kenneth and his wife, Mamie, found that Black children often preferred White dolls over black dolls and that Black children viewed white as good, pretty and positive, but black as bad, ugly and negative. They viewed this as evidence of internalized racism caused by stigmatization. Interestingly enough, Kiri Davis had similar results.

 

Is Black Beautiful?

When talking to my friend Cathy about race and racial identity, she pointed me to an interesting film. “A Girl Like Me” is a short student documentary concerning the issues of identity, standards of beauty. The documentary shows the difficulty Black-American women often have in seeing themselves as beautiful as well as comments on the characteristics – usually more typical in whites – that society sees a beautiful.

 

Another interesting aspect is that the director, Kiri Davis, performs a contemporary version of the Clark doll tests done in the 1930’s & 40’s. In the original test Kenneth and his wife, Mamie, found that Black children often preferred White dolls over black dolls and that Black children viewed white as good, pretty and positive, but black as bad, ugly and negative. They viewed this as evidence of internalized racism caused by stigmatization. Interestingly enough, Kiri Davis had similar results.

 

Watch the video and let me know what your opinions are about internalized racism and standards of beauty.