Diversity Barbie raising her voice.

So Mattel has just announced that it will model a doll after Zendaya Coleman (the awesome chick who had this cutting response to Giuliana Rancic’s dig at her dreadlocks looking like they smelt like weed):

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This is a huge leap for a brand that has been squarely seated in the white privileged blond space for many decades. Hopefully this is the beginning of diversity in the Barbie range and not just a short term fix for a lack of relevance with today’s multicultural and aware society.

I’m excited to be a part of the new direction the Barbie brand is headed, specifically how they are celebrating diversity in the line and encouraging kids to raise their voices.

When I was little, I couldn’t find a Barbie that looked like me. My… how times have changed. Thank you @barbie for this honor and for allowing me to be apart of your diversification and expansion of the definition of beauty. Can’t wait to keep doing amazing things with you.

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The medium is part of the point.

Not much needs to be said except that I absolutely love this quote:

Graffiti it’s a unique form of art — the medium is part of the point, and the point should be heard.

Read into them what you will.

equity

cairo

washington

western pop culture

Brazil

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Racism? That’s a dirty word, no it’s certainly not that.

Being in a position of power where you are able to broadcast your views and opinions to national Australia is something that should require great delicacy, respect and critical review and consideration of all perspectives.

Unfortunately with this current treatment of Adam Goodes, those in power are not highlighting and educating wider Australia on our deeply-rooted racism, and are instead trying to sweep it under the rug.

Charlie Pickering’s review below sums it up quite nicely, thank you Pickering for using your voice for awareness and education.

This saga is entirely racially motivated. To pretend otherwise is to deny that racism against Aboriginal Australians exists; it’s to deny the wounds of our racist history and how the scars continue to fester into the present.

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Who run the world?

This article shows 20 images taken by a Berlin photographer of India’s ‘Kingdom of Girls’ – part of the Khasi culture of India’s Meghalaya state.

Families in Khasi culture are matrilineal: Children take their mother’s last name, the youngest daughter in the family gets the inheritance and men move into their mother-in-law’s home after marriage.

I decided to make a portrait series of the girls because I was so impressed by their self-assured appearance and thought that this must be how matriliny becomes visible. I also wanted to show the girls’ everyday physical environment — where they live, how they play.

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