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Dove Apologizes AGAIN for Another Racially Insensitive Ad

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*cues Bad Habit* by Destiny’s Child

“How many times are you gonna apologize about the same thing?” SING KELLY!

Dove once again shows us not once but twice that they don’t have black women anywhere in the board or editing room to help them make better decisions on how to show diversity. Dove decided to run an add on Facebook that has now been removed. Thankfully, makeup artist Naomi Leann Blake shared the images on her Facebook page before they disappeared.

The image shows a black woman taking off a brown t-shirt and transforms to a white woman with a white shirt on. You can’t make this up.

So I guess they thought they were trying to give us “It’s Black It’s WHITE!” but failed… and gave us…

Instead, the ad was seen as a dirty black woman and after washing herself with some soap she is now a clean white woman. What’s cleaner than clean a pure white woman? Remember Nivea’s ad?

There seems to be a pattern of cleanliness being associated with whiteness and a whole lot of other things. The only way to fix it hiring women of color to tell you “NO!” or “HELL NO”. It’s that simple no need for group studies, just fix it.

Dove, of course, issued a statement apologizing for the ad offending those.

This apology would be nice if it wasn’t the second or umpteenth time that something like this has happened.

See…

The ad eventually finished with a middle eastern woman. I honestly couldn’t tell if she was white or not, but hey.

Posted by Naythemua on Friday, October 6, 2017

 

I’m not sure what to do with the 3 boxes of Dove soap I have in my cabinet right now.

 

What do you think of the ad? Did you see any racial undertones? 

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My Solitude Journey: Alone Time is a Necessity

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If you’re anything like me, you’re probably never alone. Whether it’s hanging out with friends, your boo, or even family, you always have the desire to be around someone. Believe it or not, a lot of people are afraid to be alone. And when we are we’re usually indulged in social media, still finding a way to be around people. I had no idea I was this kind of person until someone jokingly said to me, “You’re never by yourself.” Of course I joked back, but my mind really started to wonder, “Why do I hate being alone?”. I was eager to understand this, so I decided to take a break from people for two weeks. I’ll admit the first few days were a STRUGGLE, but the overall outcome was amazing. Don’t get what I’m saying confused, it’s okay to want people around, but it’s also important to make time for just yourself. Here’s what my solitude journey taught me:

  • EASE YOUR MIND: When you’re constantly on the go and “on” all of the time, your brain has no time to rest and restore itself. I was able to really focus and think clearer than I usually would. I also found myself making decisions the way I wanted to instead of the way my friends wanted me to.

  • KNOW YOURSELF: Spending time alone allowed me to better understand who I am, what I want, and who I truly need in my life. A lot of the times we hang around people whom we know are no good for us, just to say we have friends. Remember, QUALITY OVER QUANTITY..get rid of the dead weight.

  • WORK HARDER: This was actually the first thing I noticed during this journey..my productivity skyrocketed. I was waking up early to go to the gym, getting to work 15-minutes before it was time to clock in, and was REALLY able to focus more on writing and schoolwork. I was noticeably more creative as well because my mind kept going every which way. A bit of privacy can go a lonnnnnng way!

  • MENTAL WARRIOR: Solitude gave me the ability to build mental strength. There was a time when I’d get really sad and depressed whenever I was alone because to me, it meant I had no friends or no one wanted to be around me. But this time I was happy, stress free, and able to tolerate being by myself.

 

Balance is key when it comes to solitude and everyone can benefit from it. Though I’m stressing the importance of being alone, you don’t want to spend TOO much time alone.

Are you on a solitude journey? Let us know how it benefited you!

 

 

 

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Wendy Williams Gives Health Update After Cancelling Shows for the Week

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Wendy Williams is taking some time off and decided to cancel her shows for the week to rest up. She, of course, says it’s nothing to worry about and that she feels “Flu-ish” or whatever that means.

“It’s not the flu yet, but I feel flu-ish.” as she swallows her spit. “It’s not a five on a scale of one to five, it’s not even a four.”

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Take off sick? What? No. Never,” she said. Was it me or was her eyeball twitching in the video? I have so many questions. Is this the best footage the can provide? Did they purposely post unclear footage so we couldn’t see what she truly looked like? Maybe I’m overthinking, but something isn’t right and hasn’t been right with Wendy for a minute.

As you can remember, during her Halloween special she allegedly overheated and fainted in her costume live on air. There have been other times when Wendy has forgotten what she was talking about and other things. Sources have said that the situation with her husband allegedly having a long time mistress has caused her a lot of stress.

We hope Wendy takes the time to take care of herself.

 

 

What do you think of Wendy taking the week off for the ‘flu-ish’?

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Why We Should All Watch the Winter Olympics 2018

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Today, the opening ceremony for the Winter Olympics was held in South Korea. The opening ceremony is the commencement of a week-long event that is the most watched sporting event across the globe. Even though I am not a sports fanatic, I think it’s important that we tune in. This year there are several firsts for persons of color in the United States and in other countries. Geographically, darker skinned persons are closer to the equator, which means most of us live in areas of warmth.  The farther you go from the equator, the less black/brown people you see which is probably why it is uncommon to see persons of color competing in winter/snow/ice sports. A few years ago, a friend of mine asked me if I was interested in going on a ski trip and this was my reaction:

Personally, I have an aversion to cold weather and snow, so I was not interested! There’s this notion that all black people must feel this way and of course, that’s not true. But once it hits around 60 degrees in the deep south where I’m from, we pull out our faux fur snow boots from Shoe Carnival, bubble jackets from Wish.com, and thermal shirts from Old Navy just to take out the trash. 

Anyway, I said all that to say that despite the stereotype, black people are still showing up and out at the 2018 Winter Olympics. As a kid, I remember being awe watching the figure skaters twirl in their beautiful outfits with such grace, I never thought I could be one since, at that time, none of them looked like me. According to Buzzfeed, “Of the 2,952 athletes competing at this year’s Winter Olympics, only 41 (1.39-percent) of those athletes are black”. Isn’t that something?

This year Maame Biney, the first African-American speed skater to qualify for Team USA will be in the competition. Also, the first Nigerian bobsled team which consists of Seun Adigun, Akuoma Omeoga, and Ngozi Onwumere will be in the running for the gold. Next, Elana Meyers Taylor will return for the third time to represent the U.S. in bobsledding, the most ever for a woman of color. Shani Davis is also a returning medalist who will be competing in the speed skating competition, representing the U.S. Akwasi Frimpong is another highly anticipated first-time Olympian who is representing Ghana in the sport called Skeleton. This is only a brief list, but needless to say, black people across the globe are showing out per usual and I’m excited to see it.

The Olympics are being broadcast on NBC and it’s available to stream online 24/7. You can watch from your laptop, phone or any internet enabled device. Check it out by clicking HERE.

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