America

ANGER AS ESSENCE MAGAZINE APPOINTS WHITE FASHION DIRECTOR

Via The Independent Ellianna Placas, who has been appointed fashion director at Essence, America’s largest magazine for African-American women, is white. The row has turned attention once more to the lack of racial variation within the fashion industry.  “I am so, so hurt and confused and frankly angry by this news,” said writer, stylist and former Essence fashion editor, Michaela Angela Davis, on Twitter earlier this week. “I feel like a girlfriend has died.” Davis’s comments have in turn prompted outcry and []

UK EVENT: FIGHT THE POWER

Spike Lee’s 1989 classic film Do the Right Thing was both celebrated and reviled on its release 20 years ago, so this month (7th – 30th September) BFI Southbank will introduce a season that includes some of the films that influenced its making, as well as those it influenced. Click HERE  for more information/booking details. [Thanks Nessa]

SKIN HEADS PLOT TO KILL BARACK OBAMA FOILED

Two men have appeared in a US court accused of making threats to kill Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, federal agents say. Paul Schlesselman and Daniel Cowart were also charged with possessing an unregistered firearm and conspiracy to steal from a licensed gun dealer. The neo-Nazis allegedly planned to assassinate Mr Obama in a murder spree targeting more than 100 black people. Mr Obama said he was not worried by the news and it was “not who America is”. Continue Reading… Pair []