women of color

US Women of Color to Watch in the Winter Olympics

We’re cheering on team USA - and especially this extraordinary boundary-breaking women of color.

Colorism

Why does lighter skin improve women's chances of getting through school, getting a job and getting married? Cristen and Caroline explore the historical roots, repercussions and cross-cultural shades of colorism around the world.

The First Lady of the Black Press

When trailblazing reporter Ethel Payne died, The Washington Post eulogized that had Payne "not been black, she certainly would have been one of the most recognized journalists in American society." Cristen and Caroline uncover the history and significance of black newspapers in the U.S. and the incredible legacy of one its brightest stars.

The Black Marilyn Monroe

Why was Joyce Bryant, once known as "The Black Marilyn Monroe," relegated to pop cultural obscurity?

"Spicy" Latinas

Stereotypes about Latinas' bodies and behaviors abound, and perhaps none are more pop culturally persistent than that of the "spicy" Latina. Cristen and Caroline, trace the history behind this on-screen trope that's endured from Carmen Miranda to Sofia Vergara.

What It's Like to Be "Exotic"

Earlier this year on the podcast, we discussed the peculiar Hollywood trend of referring to Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong'o as "exotic" and how that relates to broader intersections of race, Western beauty constructs and the multilayered problem of exoticizing and fetishizing non-white beauty. Judging by the amount of letters we continue to receive from listeners who have experienced it firsthand, the "exotic" treatment is by no means limited to celebrities like Nyong'o. To continue this important discussion, we've rounded up a excerpts from listener letters to further highlight what it's really like to be "exotic" -- and why it typically isn't a compliment.

25 Black Female Firsts

Celebrating a diversity of black female trailblazers who excelled in their respective fields, from STEM to the screen, and inspired generations afterward to follow in their footsteps.