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Blac Chyna Capitalized on Colorism

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Blac Chyna inked a deal with Whitenicious by Dencia, a company famous for controversy rooted in colorism. Many say this was *not* the move.

 

We all suspected that the bag was getting a little light once she started dating wanna-be rappers half her age. But honey, we never expected she’d stoop to collecting Caucasian dollars! In a move that no one predicted, Chyna has released a skin care product collaboration titled Blac Chyna x Whitenicious. Chyna claims:

Skincare is very important to me as an entertainer and business woman, I’ve been in the beauty industry for several years and having flawless facial skin underneath my makeup is the ultimate goal at all times. I’ve used other products under Whitenicious for the last few years, so this collaboration with the brand is to support, assist and guide other women around the world with introducing easy-to-use friendly products for their daily facial care regiments.

We’re not buying it, sis.

The product, Whitenicious X Blac Chyna Diamond Illuminating & Lightening cream, retails for 250 Caucasian dollars. It also comes in a Swarovski crystal jar so you can really feel like a rich White woman. Dencia and Chyna claim the product does the following:

“provides radiant protection. As time passes, skin becomes drier, dull, lines and wrinkles appear and the skin’s natural glow dims. With DIFBC, glowing skin shows less discolouration and unevenness while SPF protection minimises future damage. Skin is bathed in moisture for a brighter beautiful comfortable feel.”

Harsh History

Feeding into the European beauty standard of flawless skin being porcelain, it’s easy to see why this product is raising eyebrows. Skin lightening products are marketed heavily and exclusively in countries where people of color are the dominant demographic. India has Fair and Lovely, Africa sees Nivea Natural Fairness ads, and in the Caribbean cake soap is sold like a drug. The very notion that lighter fairer skin is ideal feeds into a caste system that was literally built on slavery with mixed descendants as middle class. Even now, the practice of skin bleaching for better employment opportunities is alive.

Historically, skin color would determine someone’s access to education, even at HBCU’s. The disappointing practice of the brown paper bag test served as a way to critique candidates for admission. Chyna’s decision to participate in not just marketing but creating a product that strips pigment from Black bodies for money is low. As a parent to a multi-racial child during a time when mixed babies are fetishized, Chyna needs to do better. As a Black woman during a time when White women are blackfishing (n*ggerfishing) for social media campaigns, Chyna needs to do better.

Selling a product that corrects hyperpigmentation is one thing. Selling the product that turned Sammy Sosa into Neapolitan ice cream is another.

Just say “NO” to skin bleaching

 

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Chrissy Teigen and John Legend Share News of the Loss of Their Unborn Child

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Early Thursday morning Chrissy Teigen and John Legend let the world know of the loss of their unborn child. In a heartfelt and heartbreaking post to social media, Teigen described her and husband John Legend’s “deep pain you only hear about.” She went on to talk about how the couple does not typically name their children “until the last possible moment after they’re born, just before (they) leave the hospital,” but somehow they fell on the name “Jack.”

The heartbreaking news comes just days after first being admitted to the hospital for what she described as heavy bleeding. However, two days ago, she assured fans that both her and baby were healthy and doing well. Teigen, no stranger to social media, continued to engage her following, giving brief updates along the way, when shortly after midnight she shared photos of her and John in the hospital cradling their newborn in the immediate aftermath.

While her husband has remained largely unproblematic and scandal-free, Teigen has been the frequent target of scathing criticism – much of which is completely valid. From her ridiculing Black hair, to her seemingly mocking intimate partner violence when she referenced Megan Thee Stallion and Tory Lanez’s incident, Chrissy Teigen has been the focus of such harsh vitriol that she has threatened to quit social media altogether on multiple occasions. Sharing such personal news with the world may come as a surprise to many. 

Overwhelmingly, however, the internet’s response has been positive and embracing. Celebrities and non-celebs alike have offered words of support to the couple as they go through this difficult time. See both the model’s post and the heartwarming responses to it below.

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Chadwick Boseman Passes Away At 43

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Actor Chadwick Boseman, best known for his role as King T’Challa in the box office smash “Black Panther” passed away from colon cancer Friday.

The actor was first diagnosed with stage 3 cancer in 2016, but remained active in his career with much of his work being released post-diagnosis. A statement from his family confirmed that he continued to work despite his cancer progressing, befitting a man who brought America’s first Black superhero to the silver screen. 

As the news of the actor’s death spread, many took to social media to share their condolences. 

The tributes continue to flood in as news of his passing continues to ripple through. Read the official statement from his family below.

“It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman.

Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, and battled with it these last 4 years as it progressed to stage IV.

A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much. From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and several more, all were filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy.

It was the honor of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther. 

He died in his home, with his wife and family by his side.

The family thanks you for your love and prayers, and asks that you continue to respect their privacy during this difficult time.”

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When White Privilege Isn’t Enough to Get Into USC: Lori Loughlin Sentenced to 2 Months in Prison

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Actress Lori Loughlin was sentenced to two months in prison today for her role in the college admissions scandal. If you haven’t followed the 10-month-long saga, Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli, a fashion designer, plead not guilty to a bribery charge in a college admission scam back in 2019… Because white privilege just isn’t what it used to be.

The two later plead guilty to paying William Rick Singer, the mastermind, $500,000 to guarantee their two daughters a spot at the University of South Carolina.

Loughlin’s sentence came several hours after her husband’s five-month sentence. According to the US Attorney for the District of Massachusetts, Giannulli’s five-month sentence also came with a whopping fine of $250,000 and 250 hours of community service.

“[Giannulli] engaged more frequently with Singer, directed the bribe payments to USC and Singer, and personally confronted his daughter’s high school counselor to prevent the scheme from being discovered, brazenly lying about his daughter’s athletic abilities,” US Attorney Andrew Lelling of Massachusetts said in the memo released on Tuesday. “Loughlin took a less active role, but was nonetheless fully complicit, eagerly enlisting Singer for a second time for her younger daughter, and coaching her daughter not to ‘say too much’ to her high school’s legitimate college counselor, lest he caught on to their [fradulent activity].

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