Thursday, March 26, 2009


So I was reading through random news headlines today and came across "Ciroc: Only Light Skinned Women Allowed for Ciroc Ads". For those of you who do not know, Ciroc is a brand of liquor produced and represented by P. Diddy, an African American music artist and ever increasing entrepreneur. After reading the story and examining the original casting call for the upcoming Ciroc commercial video shoot, it indeed requests women who are: "White, Hispanic, or light skinned African American". This really struck me because P. Diddy, an insider, is essentially perpetuating and upholding common stereotypes traditionally deriving from an outsiders point of view. In addition, it seems as if this behavior is acceptable because he is an "insider" of the African American culture. I could not help but ponder what the reaction may be had someone like Justin Timberlake, an outsider, posted a similar casting call for his next music video shoot. I only happened to stumble upon this casting call because I was skimming a popular celebrity news website. However, had the tables been turned, I feel fairly confident that Justin Timberlake's face would be posted on every news channel, and/or newspaper labeling him as a racist and a bigot. In my opinion, this discrepancy should not occur. I think it is equally as concerning, problematic, and disheartening for P. Diddy to essentially encourage stereotypes and hierarchically categorize members of the African American Race. It makes me really sad to think that in this day and age light skinned women are still receiving preferential treatment in comparison to those having a darker complexion. Skin color is just that, a color. It is certainly not determinant of one's level of attractiveness, ability, level of intelligence, etc. Overall, I just found several aspects of the insider/outsider debate existing within the restrictions placed upon this casting call and felt fairly discouraged to see that it was seemingly "okay" for this behavior to occur because P. Diddy is an insider. In my opinion, regardless of the ethnic orientation of one making these demands, it is unacceptable across the board.

Here is the Original Casting Call:

Friday, March 20, 2009

La Noche de los Rabanos

As I'm reading Becoming Naomi Leon, I cannot help but become increasingly more interested in what these elaborate radish carvings entail! I began to do some searching and found the following link:

As it turns out, there is an entire gallery of photos taken at the La Noche de los Rabanos celebration! The artists' talent and the intricate detail that goes into these carvings is absolutely fascinating! Hopefully you all can take a quick look.

Here are just a few of my favorites:

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Living With Disabilities

In relation to the recently read text, Al Capone Does My Shirts, I found a YouTube video that was exposed to me in a CEP class last semester. It depicts what life would be like if you woke up one morning and found yourself to be "disabled". I find this extremely interesting and relevant in that it offers us a new perspective and truly enables us the opportunity to see what life would be like and how we would feel if roles were reversed...

Clip from "Talk" by the Disability Rights Commission (UK)
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