By AYA de LEON
I would have held my breath if I’d known. A couple weeks ago at preschool my daughter made an art project where she had to choose between paper doll forms of several colors.
I was at work that day. Perhaps I was standing in front of my students talking about racism, or gender bias, or the craft techniques that make a poem dazzling. I was oblivious to the fact that my daughter was taking a massive race/gender test at her preschool. What color doll to pick. They had beige, tan, light brown, dark brown.
So many of us are haunted by those studies in the sixties of black children, quoted for decades in literature and captured on video. Which is the pretty doll? The smart doll? The good doll? The loveable doll? Time and again, the children picked the white doll.
I’ve been vigilant. I don’t allow her to play with white dolls. Dora the Explorer is the lightest the dolls get in our house. Her books are heavily weighted toward stories of African heritage girls. I have even written a children’s book with photos of kids, adults and families with natural hair called Puffy: People Whose Hair Defies Gravity. Read more…
BRUNO MARS ANNOUNCES NEW TOUR DATES IN ASIA & MEXICO;
NEW NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED NEXT WEEK
Grammy award-winning artist and Super Bowl XLVIII halftime performer, BRUNO MARS has announced plans to continue his worldwide arena trek dubbed THE MOONSHINE JUNGLE TOUR in 2014. After 10 dates in Australia and New Zealand, Mars will continue on to Asia and Mexico. Full list of dates below. Additional North American tour dates will be announced next week.
MOONSHINE JUNGLE TOUR 2014
LIONSGATE AND MOTOWN RECORDS’
TYLER PERRY’S A MADEA CHRISTMAS ALBUM
RINGS IN THE HOLIDAYS WITH NOVEMBER 25th RELEASE
All-Star Soundtrack Album Features Motown Legends Smokey Robinson, Jackson 5,
Stevie Wonder, Boyz II Men, and Newcomers Kevin Ross and Myprynt,
Along With Music Icons Mariah Carey, James Brown, Pearl Bailey & More!
(December 2, 2013 – New York, NY) – Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF) and Motown Records today announced the star-studded holiday season soundtrack album TYLER PERRY’S A MADEA CHRISTMAS ALBUM. Available in stores and through digital retailers on November 25, 2013, the album sets the stage for Lionsgate’s eagerly-anticipated feature film release TYLER PERRY’S A MADEA CHRISTMAS, the latest film in the hit “Madea” franchise created by writer, producer, director and leading man Tyler Perry. Lionsgate will release TYLER PERRY’S A MADEA CHRISTMAS in theatres nationwide on December 13, 2013. Read more…
The Word Network to Premiere Video Alongside the 30-Minute ‘You Are the Sunshine’ TV Special with the
Emmy Award-Winning Chrysler Choir
Larry Callahan & Selected of God Featuring
the Deaf Dynamic Praise Choir of San Francisco
on Thanksgiving Eve, Wednesday, November 27
Amateur Night at the Apollo
The Final Amateur Night Showdown of the Year
SUPER TOP DOG 2013
Winner of Season-long Contest to Receive
$10,000 Grand Prize
Wednesday, November 27th at 7:30pm
Harlem, NY- November 26, 2012 – On Wednesday, November 27th, the world famous Apollo Theater presents the final showdown of the 2013 Amateur Night season – Super Top Dog. Hundreds of up-and-coming musicians, dancers, comedians and other entertainers have vied all season for the opportunity to compete on the legendary Apollo stage, home to musical icons such as Michael Jackson, James Brown and Lauryn Hill. The contestants competing in this Super Top Dog finale have won over the notoriously tough Apollo audience in three rounds of competitions to advance to this point. The winner will receive the title of Super Top Dog and a grand prize of $10,000. Read more…