(The Root) — Porn star Aurora Snow surprised many with her candid confession to the Daily Beast regarding one of the last remaining taboos in the adult entertainment industry. According to Snow, while few sex acts are considered off the table today, sex acts with certain individuals can be. Snow spoke specifically of the fact that a number of white female performers are discouraged from participating in scenes with black men. Often those doing the discouraging are men in power within the industry — specifically, white men who are managers or agents. In an age in which multiracial families are among the fastest growing in the nation, it is hard to fathom that there is a national industry, $10 billion strong, in which interracial couplings are considered career suicide. It seems that the historical taboo of black men sleeping with white women is one sexual hang-up that even the porn industry is unwilling to get over. And yet the reverse of that taboo — white men … [Read more...] about Is the Porn Industry Racist?
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Ebony Said to Be Rejuvenated Under New Owner A rejuvenated Ebony magazine is considering reviving its Jet sibling as a newsstand product for millennials. It plans to publish more special single-themed issues for newsstand consumption and is branching out to stage special events as it seeks ways to extend the brand. Linda Johnson Rice, chairman of Johnson Publishing Co. and daughter of founder John H. Johnson, outlined some of those plans two weeks ago before students at Harvard Business School who used Ebony as a case study in dilemmas facing black businesses. Rice, facing what was described as a “perfect storm” of bad news, sold the company to an African-American-owned Texas firm in 2015 but remains chairman emeritus on the board of the new company. Steven S. Rogers, Linda Johnson Rice, Harvard Business School: Black Business Leaders & Entrepreneurship Steve Rogers, a senior lecturer at Harvard Business School who is African American, brought in Rice for his new … [Read more...] about Jet Magazine Could Return to Newsstands
Images of last week’s White Lives Matter protests in Houston harken back to an ugly time in U.S. history. Around 20 people gathered outside the offices of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in Texas’ most populous city, wielding assault rifles, Confederate flags, white nationalist propaganda, and White Lives Matter signs. “We came here because the NAACP headquarters is here, and that’s one of the most racist groups in America,” protester Scott Lacy told local television station KPRC. Demonstrators, as one man told the Houston Chronicle, were taking a stand against the "atrocities that organizations like Black Lives Matter and other pro-black organizations" have brought to the U.S. In their view, Black Lives Matter (BLM) is a racial hate group and borderline terrorist organization. Ironically, however, this show of force in Houston prompted civil-rights organization Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) to announce earlier … [Read more...] about Building the case for why White Lives Matter is a hate group
Last month, as parents arrested at the U.S.-Mexico border were separated from their children and transferred to detention centers more than a thousand miles away in the Pacific Northwest, as a father of two languished in federal custody after delivering a pizza to a military base in Brooklyn, and as Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents lured undocumented workers in Ohio into a break room with doughnuts before detaining them, Thomas Homan, the acting director of ICE, was speaking at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, at an event hosted by the Center for Immigration Studies. “A lot of people want to attack ICE. I see it every day. They want to call ICE racists, they want to call us Nazis,” he said. However: “We’re simply enforcing the laws on the books.” Homan, who will step down next month, came out of his brief retirement early last year to run ICE at President Trump’s request. A 35-year veteran of law enforcement whose father was also … [Read more...] about The Eugenicist Doctor and the Vast Fortune Behind Trump’s Immigration Regime
The stories in that series examined Internet-fueled intolerance. Our reporters explored, for example, what happens when online hate speech crosses into real life, the ways neo-Nazis use social media and how racists co-opted cartoon character, Pepe the Frog. Some of CNET's female reporters shared their own experiences of being harassed online. The timing of the package -- "iHate: Intolerance takes over the internet" -- was uncanny. As we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, America slid into a Summer of Hate. People threatened places of worship, defaced cemeteries and intimidated others because of the way they look or dress. And a white supremacist march in Charlottesville, Virginia, heavily promoted on extremist websites, left three people dead. The web's role in recruiting people to hateful, extremist organizations is back in the spotlight after The New York Times profiled a young neo-Nazi in Ohio. The story portrayed the man's decidedly ordinary life and … [Read more...] about Here’s the brutal reality of online hate