Those accustomed to seeing Canada sit atop international rankings of best-governed nations may be surprised to learn that a significant portion of Canadian democracy still has a decidedly crooked, 19th-century vibe. Since Canadian political parties operate on a “pay-to-play” basis — in which any voter who wishes to help nominate a politician for office must first sign a form and pay a membership fee — one of the most essential skills for any ambitious Canadian politico is an ability to sell large, but carefully targeted, numbers of party memberships to groups whose loyalty can be assured. This ordinarily includes friends, family members, employees, and coworkers. But, more controversially, it often includes religious congregations and immigrant or minority enclaves as well.
Black Panther comes roaring into theaters Thursday, and along with it comes merchandise and costumes for adults and children alike.
But as thousands of parents prepare to take their children to see the film, which is expected to rake it in at the box office, some white parents have been left wondering about how to approach the subject of race.
White parents are trying to make sure they are not culturally appropriating when they take their children to see Black Panther over the weekend, especially if those children want to dress up like the main character – superhero T’Challa, AKA the Black Panther.
Some parents are worried that allowing their children to wear the Black Panther masks or costumes could be considered cultural appropriation, or even black face.
Believing a centuries-old Indigenous tradition had been all but erased, Interior Salish tattoo artist Dion Kaszas decided to use his body to resurrect the ways of his ancestors, with a needle and ink.
Dot by dot, Kaszas hand-poked pictographs into his thigh and stitched designs into his skin with an ink-soaked thread. He said he had to practise the Indigenous techniques on himself because there was no one left to teach them. But he says that’s now changing.
“In a lot of ways, we are invisible as Indigenous people, so when we embody our tattooing, we actually become visible as Indigenous,” said Kaszas. “You know that those (tattoos) come from something deeper.”
A new “rap yoga” class has ruffled a few feathers in midtown Sacramento. The yoga class featuring rap music would have been taught by a (skinny) white woman and the Sacramento Chapter of Black Lives Matter viewed it as cultural appropriation.
Solfire Yoga canceled the class after the uproar but that didn’t prevent a protest in front the studio early Saturday.
Darrell Spence (whom is black), the husband of the rap yoga instructor (whom is a skinny white bitch), defended his wife saying, “My wife and I we listen to rap music in our home. And we enjoy the music, we respect the music, we love the music.” He further explained, “She wanted to marry her love with hip-hop with her love of yoga. And combine the two and teach a class with a hip-hop theme.”
Founder of BLM Sacramento Chapter Tanya Faison said, “Historically rap music has been a way of expression for black folks to talk about the pain that they go through in their neighborhoods and their lives.” Faison continued, “We’re just trying to make change and we’re trying to get them to acknowledge what they’re doing and be accountable.”
A dominatrix is using her career to transform how white men see Black women. In what she describes as an “emotional sense of reparations,” Mistress Velvet employs Black feminist theory to help push her mostly white, male clients from fetishizing Black women to having a deeper understanding.
The Domme’s relationship with her submissive subjects has had profound implications for her clients.
“I describe it as a form of reparations ― not in a systemic way like we’re getting land back, but definitely on an individual level, it provides me with an emotional sense of reparations,” she told The Huffington Post in a Tuesday, Feb. 13 article. “That’s because of the nature of the dynamic ― that [my clients] usually are white men, that they’re straight, and they’re usually pretty well-off to be able to sustain a relationship with a Domme.
“I started to think more about my relationship with them,” the Chicago PhD student continued. “A lot of them were asking questions. Some people were saying, ‘This is really impacting me in terms of how I think outside of our sessions.’ A client said he started to notice he would only hold the door open for Black women. One client started an organization for Black single mothers in the South Side of Chicago.”
Still, Mistress Velvet said she wants more of a drastic shift in her clients and “just allowing them to be submissive” doesn’t always do the job. That’s when she employs Black feminist theory from books like Audre Lorde’s “Sister Outsiders” and Patricia Hill Collins’ “Black Feminist Thought.” The chapter on controlling images is one Mistress Velvet definitely has the men read.
“Then, it’s moving from them simply fetishizing Black women, to realizing: This is a systemic issue I’m contributing to by the virtue of being a white man and being rich,” she said.
“In terms of unpacking their way of fetishizing Black women and stereotypes about Black women, I ask them, ‘Why do you want to be in my presence, why do you find me attractive?’” she added. “And sometimes they might say things that then remind me of stereotypes of Black women ― like a jezebel or something ― so I’ll have them read a piece about how what they said is related to this historic phenomenon about thinking about Black women. I say, ‘Here are its roots. Here’s why it’s problematic.’ That way, I can say, ‘You can idolize me, but we need to have it be done in a way that isn’t also problematic.’”
“So in disbelief and shock I asked her what she would like to do,” Debbie Miles wrote on Facebook. “She asked that we allow her to handle it.”
Miles wrote that a “white math teacher” arrived in class wearing a do-rag.
“When she asked him to take it off because she felt it was racist, he told her he would not,” she wrote, adding that the teacher said he was “supporting his coloured friends.”
Dave Chambers, principal of Archbishop Denis O’Connor, said it was a “club-initiated activity.”
“The idea was brought forward by the student Black History Committee as a way to promote Black History Month in combination with a dress-down day,” he wrote in an email to the Star.
A bizarre new trend dubbed the “Tide Pod Challenge” is gaining popularity among teens on social media — and doctors say it could land them in the emergency room.
The challenge involves people popping the small laundry detergent pacs and posting videos of themselves chewing and gagging on the oozing product online.
If someone swallows a small amount of the concentrated detergent in the pods, it could result in diarrhea and vomiting. And it can even creep into the lungs and burn the respiratory tract, making it incredibly difficult to breathe, Dr. Alfred Aleguas Jr., managing director of the Florida Poison Information Center told USA Today.
The D.C.-based not-for-profit National Capital Poison Center reported that biting into a pod can cause “serious injury or even death.” Rubbing the product into the eyes can make the eyes burn, too.
Victoria-based artist Carey Newman published the open letter this week on Facebook in response to statements by Vancouver Island artist Sue Coleman on Facebook and in a CBC report. Coleman, who is not Indigenous, has described herself as a “translator” of Indigenous art forms.
Massachusetts Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren is yet again in hot water after new allegations have surfaced that she plagiarized her ‘Cherokee’ recipes in the book Pow Wow Chow from the New York Times and other publications.
A southwestern Ontario post-secondary school has launched an app to help people learn Mohawk.
This week, Mattel introduced a new Barbie doll, modeled after Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad – the first member of Team USA to compete in a hijab. The toy, which hits store shelves next year, is part of a “Sheroes” line that also pays tribute to gold medal winning gymnast Gabby Douglas, writer/director Ana Duvernay and other prominent women in the arts.
“I hope that little girls of color across the heartland will be inspired [by her Barbie toy] to embrace what makes them unique,” Muhammad said.
“Whenever I’m around the music, around the food, I feel like I’m in my own skin,” Adam told WTSP. “I’d watch the history channel sometimes for hours you know whenever it came to that and you know nothing else intrigued me more but things about Filipino culture.”
And so instead of just enjoying the culture, Adam concluded he was truly a Filipino trapped in a white man’s body. And according to a licensed psychologist, Dr. Stacey Scheckner, there’s nothing wrong with this thinking.
A photo of Officer Antonio Gutierrez began circulating on social media on Monday mostly thanks to Twitter users who found the spoof costume offensive. In it, Gutierrez is seen wearing a makeshift Kaepernick jersey, a fake nose, an afro and a “will stand for food” sign.
A row over whether revellers who “black up” for Saturday’s bonfire parade in Lewes are racist has taken a twist after the leader of a Zulu dance troupe booked to appear alongside them said the practice was not offensive.
Rival factions in the East Sussex town have mounted petitions for and against white members of one of its seven historic bonfire societies parading in versions of Zulu dress and painting their faces black.
But Thandanani Gumede, 32, a Zulu from Durban, South Africa, whose West Yorkshire-based song and dance troop Zulu Tradition will perform in Lewes, said while the issue was sensitive, the costumes and makeup were “not derogatory”.
Halloween costumes depicting racial stereotypes are on the shelves in Saskatoon again this year, but an Indigenous activist hopes few people will wear them.