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Rachel Dolezal to Vanity Fair: ‘I Didn’t Mislead Anybody’

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*Rachel Dolezal still swears she is a black woman.

Before the Charleston church shooting pushed her abruptly out of the news cycle, the former NAACP chapter president – who considers herself black despite being outed by her parents as white –  had the country as close as it would come to that elusive national conversation on race.

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Now that the intense media coverage has died down, Dolezal reflects on the uproar in the new issue of Vanity Fair. Her position has not changed; she says she has deceived no one.

“It’s not a costume,” she says. “I don’t know spiritually and metaphysically how this goes, but I do know that from my earliest memories I have awareness and connection with the black experience, and that’s never left me. It’s not something that I can put on and take off anymore. Like I said, I’ve had my years of confusion and wondering who I really [was] and why and how do I live my life and make sense of it all, but I’m not confused about that any longer. I think the world might be—but I’m not.”

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Dolezal spent years researching and then perfectly molding her black identity. She commands an impressive knowledge of African American literature, its writers, and the history of the Civil Rights movement. She attended graduate school at the historically black Howard University (where, The Smoking Gun reported, she unsuccessfully sued for being discriminated against because she was white). She is an expert in black hair, both as a practical matter and as a subject of academic inquiry. She makes it clear she doesn’t plan on altering the way she presents herself anytime soon.

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“It’s taken my entire life to negotiate how to identify, and I’ve done a lot of research and a lot of studying,” she says. “I could have a long conversation, an academic conversation about that. I don’t know. I just feel like I didn’t mislead anybody; I didn’t deceive anybody. If people feel misled or deceived, then sorry that they feel that way, but I believe that’s more due to their definition and construct of race in their own minds than it is to my integrity or honesty, because I wouldn’t say I’m African American, but I would say I’m black, and there’s a difference in those terms.”

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12 Comments

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  1. Ms. S

    July 20, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    Lady, what ever you are, please go sit down somewhere.

  2. Geraldine Page

    July 20, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    If you were to ask this woman “Are you Black” while she was hooked up to a lie dectector, and she replied “Yes”, I can almost guarantee that the results would read positive because she really believes she is Black. I call this the ” Teena Marie Syndrome” with no disrespect. Teena Marie was born of White parents, but everything in her was Black. Ms Dolenz knows more about black culture then some of our own care to invest in knowing. I suppose there are people who are transracial like there are those who are transgender. In her eyes, she is Black, and was being true to herself, but in hindsight, it probably would have been better to acknowledge that she was White — then add “but inside I’m Black ” — because that was not fair to her White parents either.

    • Carolyn B. Baker

      July 20, 2015 at 12:56 pm

      I bet if a dna test was done on her she would have some african blood….enough to be classified as Black in america.

  3. Carolyn B. Baker

    July 20, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    She is my sister ….leave her alone…She’s Black and she’s proud!!!

  4. DC725

    July 20, 2015 at 1:05 pm

    So if I “identify” and do a “lot of research” on Chinese people, does that make me Chinese, Blackinese or Black? CHILE PUHLEEZE!

  5. maroB

    July 20, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    I am not mad at you If you want to be black. Black is Beautiful , at lest I know you like black people and that’s all good.

    • Geraldine Page

      July 20, 2015 at 3:29 pm

      Amen.

  6. I said it.

    July 20, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    It works for Caitlin.

    • Geraldine Page

      July 20, 2015 at 4:19 pm

      Loo, I said it, Caitly ain’t claiming she’s black. Do you even read? Oop! If forgot: stupid is as stupid does!

  7. Randy

    July 20, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    This dumba** media whore continuing to say she’s “black” is just as ignorant as someone believing they’re a car if they stand in a garage….Attention media, STOP giving her anymore attention!

  8. Heels

    July 21, 2015 at 7:15 am

    PLEASE PUSH HER ABRUTLY BACK OUT OF THE MEDIA. She needs to go sit down some where far away!!!

  9. Angela Wade

    July 21, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    But if she whole heartedly feels that she’s Black, why did she try to sue Howard Univ for discrimination because she’s white. Stay in the lane you identify with, you can’t jump lanes when it’s convenient for you. And the issue of her telling a Hispanic gal that “you’re not Hispanic enough” was messed up, well Rachel, you’re not BLACK enough! I have always identified with Black Culture and lived my life accordingly, but I’m not going to claim to be Black! She DID mislead people when she brought the Black man to her school and said he was her father. Slap in the face to her parents, she should have her ass whopped for that one. So YES people saying otherwise and Ms. Rachel, you HAVE been misleading. So do your thing, but keep it real!

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‘The Craft: Legacy’ Stars Lovie Simone & Gideon Adlon on Witchcraft and Womanhood

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*“The Craft: Legacy” introduces a new coven of witches this Halloween season.

Blumhouse productions expands the world of the cult 1996 hit “The Craft” with a new foursome of aspiring teenage witches coming into their power.

Much like in the original, a new girl arrives in town – Lily (Cailee Spaeny, “Pacfic Rim”) – that’s spotted by three girls – Frankie (Gideon Adlon,) Tabby (Lovie Simone, “Greenleaf”) and Lourdes (Zoey Luna) – who recruit her to be the fourth in their coven of witches.

This continuation of the original has moments that will remind you of the O.G. and a surprising plot twist, but a key difference is this version focuses more on the sisterhood of connecting through magic. Until it takes a turn…

The production consulted with real-life witches who were on set during filming, in order to protect the actors from summoning the wrong spirits. Two of the film’s stars, Lovie Simone and Gideon Adlon, chatted with EURweb correspondent Jill Munroe about how their experience on set and how they grew together like an actual coven.

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Simone says that she was on her way to witchcraft all of her life.

Lovie Simone: I think witchcraft is more accountable and more personal. More you do the work.

Jill: Witchcraft within the Black community is something that has been shunned. What was your relationship like with magic before this film, and has it changed after being in it?

Lovie: I was definitely on my way to witchcraft. My whole life I think. Just with my views on Christianity, I knew that just couldn’t be it. Being a Black Baptist growing up, I was strict with everything. It was so restricting to my life and growth, I said ok, there has to be some other way. So I started looking for other reasons and why. And then I started falling in love with crystals and making teas. So I think, it just gives it a balance. You can have the father and the mother in the home.

Simone has several projects on the horizon including STARZPower Boook III: Raising Kanan.

Sharing similar vibes, Simone’s co-star Gideon Adlon said magic has been in her life since the age of 6 when she went to visit her first psychic. Adlon said  being on set was life changing.

“I was going through a very transitional period in my life when I went to Toronto to book this. And just learning about magic and working with real witches, and honing in that female power. Of being a woman… it was just a nourishing experience, and I’ll forever be thankful.”  

Written and directed by Zoe Lister-Jones, the film also stars Nicholas Galitzine, Michelle Monaghan and David Duchovny. “The Craft: Legacy” is available on demand from October 28 om Amazon Prime.

 

 

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Cardi B Claps Back at Racist Haters to Her Birkin Collection: ‘Y’all Don’t Do This to White Celebrities’

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*Cardi B has clapped back at racists saying Hermés Birkin bags “lost their value” because Black female rappers wear them.

Cardi’s response is to a social media post about how rappers make the pricy handbags less “exclusive.” Hermés Birkin bags typically range anywhere from $12,000 to $200,000.

“I’ve been seeing this tweet right. It had me and it had other female rappers on it. They were talking about if we could get Birkins from the Hermés store and they [were] also saying how we depreciate the value of a Hermés Birkin bag. I find that really interesting because, first thing first, I definitely could get a bag. Actually, I got four bags today from the Hermés store,” the 28-year-old hip-hop star said in a video shared on Instagram.

Check out Cardi’s profane and is NSFW video below.

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So I had this convo with my team about this topic after seeing this viral tweet …what do you guys think ? Watch till the end

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The “WAP” rapper recently shared a glimpse of her Hermès handbag collection — 23 Birkin bags and counting… with rare and one-of-a-kind designs, like camouflage, glitter and a paisley-print pattern, per PEOPLE. Check out her post below. 

In the comments, Cardi B’s estranged husband Offset wrote, “I’m Responsible for 15 of them.”

 

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Cardi explained in her IG post on Oct. 25 that folks should stop questioning how and why Black women can “get a bag from the Hermés store” because “y’all don’t do this to these white celebrities,” she said. 

“So why is it that y’all gotta be asking us? What the f—? It just makes you want to brag like, ‘Bitch do you know who the f— you’re talking to?’ But no, I’m not even going to take it there,” Cardi B added.

“Another thing is that they’re saying we’re depreciating the value,” she contonued. “Actually, we add value because when we mention brands in hip-hop, s— go up.”

She then referenced her hit single “Bodak Yellow,” which mentions designer Christian Louboutin and the song “I Like It Like That” which mentions  Balenciaga. 

“When ‘Bodak Yellow’ came out you could actually Google that their sales went up 1000+%,” said Cardi. And when it comes to the Balenciaga sales spike, Cardi added…”That s— went up too and that’s why they worked with me this year. Like hip-hop, we start trends,” she explaiined. “When y’all say that we devalue s—, no we actually add value.”

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Bubba Wallace Refuses Trump Apology Demand in Root Insurance TV Spot [WATCH]

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*NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace stars in a powerful and provocative new spot from Root Insurance, in which he addresses Donald Trump’s demand that he apologize over the noose controversial. 

Back in June, NASCAR notified Wallace that a noose was found hanging in his garage stall at the Talladega Superspeedway. 

After an investigation into the incident, the FBI declined to file any hate crime federal charges.

According to a statement from U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town and FBI Special Agent in Charge Johnnie Sharp, the noose had been in the garage since last fall, per USA Today

Wallace “was not the target of a hate crime,” NASCAR said in a statement.

“There is no place in our sport for this type of racism and hatred,” said NASCAR President Steve Phelps in a press call with media at the time. “It’s not who we are as a sport.”

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President Trump called the incident a “hoax” and demanded Bubba apologize for it. 

Has @BubbaWallace apologized to all of those great NASCAR drivers & officials who came to his aid, stood by his side, & were willing to sacrifice everything for him, only to find out that the whole thing was just another HOAX? That & Flag decision has caused lowest ratings EVER!,” Trump tweeted. 

In the Root commercial, Bubba walks through a crowd of reporters who ask him for the apology and he staunchly refuses.

Scroll up and watch the ad via the YouTube player above. 

According to a press release, Root partnered with Wallace (who recently signed with the newly formed Michael Jordan racing team) and Tool of North America with director Wesley Walker as creative lead, to tell his story and share his conviction for unapologetic societal change. 

“Root Insurance is doing what is right and making insurance more fair, and I will be proud to drive a car with their colors next season,” said Wallace. “I stand firmly with the goal of eliminating bias from insurance, and I truly believe we can work together to help make the world a better place.”

“Getting to know Bubba Wallace and what he stands for made this partnership one that we couldn’t pass up,” said Alex Timm, Root Co-Founder and CEO. “He is dedicated to standing up for what is right, even when it involves facing adversity. Root was created to make car insurance more fair, standing up against the established industry that priced more on demographics than driving behavior. We are proud to support Bubba Wallace.”

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