Topic: race

Should Mindy Kaling Be Hiring More Female And Minority Writers To Work On Her Show?

Should Mindy Kaling Be Hiring More Female And Minority Writers To Work On Her Show?

Mindy Kaling‘s incredible success has been good for women and minorities for a variety of reasons. The Mindy Project is the first major network sitcom to star a South Asian person of any gender, and the simple fact that her protagonist exists with race as a component, but not the overriding purpose, of her character is quietly revolutionary. The fact that her character is allowed to have flaws, rather than be some sort of “model woman/minority”? Even better. Which is why I was surprised at first when I saw an article titled Does Mindy Kaling Need More Female Writers? More »

An Interview With Issa Rae, Creator And Star Of The Misadventures Of Awkward Black Girl

An Interview With Issa Rae, Creator And Star Of The Misadventures Of Awkward Black Girl

The Misadventures Of Awkward Black Girl is a charming web series that shows what it’s like to be among that underrepresented demographic of women who happen to be both awkward and black. Conceived by writer/actress Issa Rae as a way to provide a good part for herself as well as fill a gap she saw in entertainment programming, it’s one of the few shows I’ve seen in which race is neither the primary focal point (think Tyler Perry movies) nor invisible. With a new season bankrolled by Pharrell Williams‘ new Youtube channel iamOTHER and an increasing amount of media attention, Awkward Black Girl is on the rise. I recently chatted with Issa Rae about everything she has going on right now. More »

It’s Time To Stop Making Fun Of White Celebrities For Adopting Black Babies

It's Time To Stop Making Fun Of White Celebrities For Adopting Black Babies

You’ve all read it: the article that pokes fun at, say, Angelina Jolie, for adopting a bunch of minority children because it’s “trendy.” Maybe you’ve read it on this very website (if so, I’m sorry). Well, guess what? Adopting black babies is not actually trendy at all in America, because racism, and this is a huge problem for children in need of good homes. More »