Nick Cannon…in Whiteface?

A few days ago, I came across this article about Nick Cannon in Whiteface on the website Jezebel. At first, I wasn’t even sure that it was Nick Cannon. Then, I kind of hoped that it was some weird joke or botched Photoshop job. Neither turned out to be true. Turns out, it’s a promotion Cannon was doing to promote his new album: “White People Party Music”. Apparently, his White alter ego is named Connor Smallnut, which is a weird choice that I’m not even going to begin elaborating on because I wouldn’t even know where to start. However, there is a … Read more

“Wholesome Families”

Earlier today, a friend of mine posted a link to a commercial made by Honey Maid that features several different families goofing around while sentimental music played in the background. What made this commercial stand out to so many people was the purposeful use of diverse types of families: there’s an interracial family, a family that features a tattooed, “punk rock” looking father, a single dad, and a gay couple. The marketing slogan for the commercial is “This is wholesome”. Over the sentimental soundtrack, the voice over says “No matter how things change, what makes us wholesome never will.” And … Read more

“If the US media were a person, he’d be an old white guy.”

“If the US media were a person, he’d be an old white guy.” That’s a line from the beginning of an article on the website Mother Jones called “Hollywood’s White Dude Problem”. In summation, the article lists a bunch of charts that exemplify the ways in which women and people of color get discounted from high profile media exploits. Some notable stats include that only 6.6% of the top-grossing films made between 2007 and 2012 were directed by black directors…and of those 6.6% (or 33 out of 500), only two of them were women. It shouldn’t be shocking then, to read … Read more

What Do You Stand For When You “Stand Your Ground”?

Many Americans have been following the Jacksonville, Florida case of Michael Dunn and Jordan Davis for the past few weeks. Dunn, a middle aged white man, fired ten shots into an SUV occupied with black teenage boys because of his frustration with their refusal to turn down the loud music they were playing. One of the boys, 17-year old Jordan Davis, was hit by three of those shots, and killed. Yes, you read that synopsis correctly. Frustration is enough grounds to brandish a deadly weapon at teenagers for playing music too loudly. Frankly, this sounds like an episode of The Simpsons, but unfortunately, … Read more

President Obama and the Promotion of the American Dream

After our class pulled apart a speech that Obama gave before he was elected president in 2008, I knew that I wanted to pay extra special attention to his first State of the Union speech of the new year. The former speech had been constructed around comments made by Reverend Wright, the former pastor for Obama and his family. Reverend Wright made comments about the state of the country in terms of race, and how frustrated he was at where the country was currently at. This put then president-elect Obama between a rock and a hard place, as he now … Read more