Just for the record, we are not in, nor has there ever been, a post-racial moment in America. And so, we must dive deep into historical memory of this country to understand why all the fuss about L’Oréal’s latest advertisement for cosmetics featuring Beyoncé.
Centuries ago, before Black was defined as beautiful, those individuals whose features (nose, hair, lips) and color suggested European ancestry hid the origins of their one Black parent and “passed.” These offspring were generally the result of a liaison between a white man and Black woman, and on occasion, between a Black man and a white woman. The latter unions were often the motivation for lynchings in an effort to protect “white womanhood.” And, most often, the former unions occurred under duress, power imbalances and were all too frequent a consequence of a white male slave owner taking control of what he deemed his property—the bodies of Black women.
The 5th-6th Grade Ascension Catholic School Boys Basketball Team capped off a 12-1 season in the Monsignor Coates Youth Organization by winning the league's championship game 48-41 against Golden Valley's Good Shepherd Black. The Ascension Patriots were able to overcome an extreme height disadvantage and a 10-point first quarter deficit by playing solid team defense and sharing the ball on offense. Pictured top (l-r) Coach Harold ‘Fats’ Johnson, Cameron Vaughn, Anthony Culhane, Kiareon Bellfield (captain), Matthew Yang, Jadin Johnson, Malik White Coach Kris Culhane. Bottom (l-r) Isaiah Jester, DeLaJunte Moore, Demonce Harris (captain), Coach Rodney Johnson.
Clipper Clinic takes place at Talk of the Town Salon, 310 E. 38th Street - Suite 117 Minneapolis, 10am – 2pm Friday, March 9. Clipper Clinic has the primary goal of taking quality health care to the community in a comfortable and trusted environment. Each event is conducted in partnership with a local barbershop or beauty salon, and free preventive health care services are provided.