Overheard On The Playground

Beautiful Little Girl: Do y’all speak Spanish? Nadia: No, we don’t speak Spanish. Beautiful Little Girl: You look like you do. Simone: Do you speak Spanish? Beautiful Little Girl: Yes. I cannot place a value on overhearing such conversations. While the rest of the world is debating the validity of a fictional book and movie, […]

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The Help

I was skeptical about “The Help.” I turned up my nose at reading or viewing a work about black maids in the South in a fictional tale written by a white author. That was not my idea of entertainment. No, ma’am. In fact, as I took my seat to screen the movie at the National […]

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Happily Ever After

Black women have known about the shortage of black men for decades. Now others are taking notice. In December, ABC’s Nightline addressed the issue. “Let’s take 100 black men. By the time you eliminate those without a high school diploma (21 percent), the unemployed (17 percent) and those ages 25-34 who are incarcerated (8 percent), you […]

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Black and Chinese

Lou Jing‘s stint on a reality show introduced China to her talent and her life. Her mother is Chinese; her father is black. CNN reported on what what happened to the young woman who speaks and identifies herself as Chinese. The piece shows how people across the globe have yet to accept those who appear […]

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The Princess And The Frog

As we walked into the theater to see Disney’s new movie, I overheard a mother saying she was just as excited to see the movie featuring Disney’s first black princess as her daughter. I think that pretty much sums up how so many people feel about about The Princess and the Frog. A good friend […]

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Sweet Story

Simone, Cars, and Race was published on theroot.com this week. Today, slate.com picked it up. Below is a response I received from a Slate reader who said she didn’t mind if I shared her story with Honeysmoke readers. Enjoy. I am so white I am almost translucent.  My husband (now ex-) is Italian, of immigrants […]

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Biracial, Not Black

I saw this powerful trailer for I’m Biracial … Not Black Damn It while visiting www.iamtheglue.blogspot.com. The documentary by Carolyn Battle Cochrane is a four-part series about cultural blends. Cochrane is a biracial woman who grew up identifying as a black because of societal pressure, and her four-minute trailer will make you reevaluate how you […]

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Barbie's So In Style

Barbie is launching a new set of African-American dolls called So In Style, or S.I.S. There are three full-size dolls, each with a smaller sister or protege doll. Designer Stacey McBride created the dolls with full noses, full lips and plenty of attitude. Each doll has a theme — a girly girl who is a drill team […]

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Barbie’s So In Style

Barbie is launching a new set of African-American dolls called So In Style, or S.I.S. There are three full-size dolls, each with a smaller sister or protege doll. Designer Stacey McBride created the dolls with full noses, full lips and plenty of attitude. Each doll has a theme — a girly girl who is a drill team […]

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Black, White, and Asian

I was taking Simone and Nadia out of their car seats when a black woman in the car beside me rolled up with her two children and a cart full groceries. “They are so pretty,” she said. “Thank you,” I said, continuing to unbuckle Simone. “Are they mixed?” “Oh, yeah.” “Well, they sure are beautiful.” […]

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