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Light-Skinned Black Women On The Pain Of Not Feeling 'Black Enough' (VIDEO)

In director Bill Duke's much buzzed-about documentary "Light Girls," African-American women share emotional testimonials of what it's like to grow up black, but light-skinned. Well-known African-American actresses and media personalities came forward with personal stories to expose the very real …

Prime Evil: why South Africa is releasing Eugene De Kock

The release of Eugene de Kock, former commander of the notorious Vlakplaas counterinsurgency unit responsible for numerous clandestine assassinations …

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'Girlhood' a fresh coming-of-age drama from France

With so much media focus on Oscar-nominated features, it is easy to overlook newly arrived foreign-language films such as the outstanding "Girlhood," playing for another week at the Sundance Sunset in Los Angeles. Beautifully observed, precisely directed and acted with wonderful conviction, this …

America’s grim identity crisis: What Ferguson & Garner tell us about the history we don’t teach

As a woman of color, I was taught very little about myself in the U.S. Now that I’m overseas, here’s what I know<p>I teach middle school African history in Botswana. As a history teacher, I measure myself by the extent to which I can understand (or at the very least recognize) my own ignorance. Far …

I am an undocumented immigrant, but I'm a better American than those who spat on me because of my race

When I was in the first grade, I learned I wasn’t white.<p>It was African-American History Month, and my teacher – at one of the many “failing” elementary schools in the Atlanta metro area – instructed us, as part of some poorly-conceived exercise, to raise our hands when she called out our race. I …

On Being a Black Male, Six Feet Four Inches Tall, in America in 2014

<i>Just like Michael Brown, comedian and commentator W. Kamau Bell is six feet four inches tall. And he knows it.</i><p>I am afraid of the cops. Absolutely petrified of the cops. Now understand, I’ve never been arrested or held for questioning. I’ve never been told that I “fit the description.” But that …

“Are you not Chinese?”: Reassessing my Chinese identity in China

<i>I pissed all over the floor. Argh, squat toilets. Two Chinese girls who went in afterwards burst out laughing.</i><p><i>There has got to be nothing more</i> …