Cultural Appropriation

Dia de Muertos doll. Plastic doll with face painted like a white skeleton wears a crown of marigolds and a black dress with multicolored flowers and yellow butterflies.

Barbie Celebrates Día de Muertos With New Doll

The Day of the Dead doll honors the 3,000 year-old Mexican tradition.

Gucci Sikh. Middle aged Sikh man wearing blue turban, gray beard.

Gucci Under Fire for Appropriating Sikh Culture

The company is still selling inappropriate designs.

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Performing Blackness Won't Fill Our Asian-American Culture Deficit [OP-ED]

The fight for media representation has become one of the most prominent rallying cries among Asian Americans. But if we wish to subvert White hegemony, we must step away from the imitation of Whiteness’ exploitation of Blackness.

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#NotYourNativeStereotype is Trending and It's Beautiful

Dismissing stereotypes and acts of appropriation one tweet at a time.

J.K. Rowling Criticized For Portrayal of Native American Wizards and Witches

The “Harry Potter” author’s first book in a new series about North American magic has inspired outrage from Native readers who accuse her of cultural appropriation.

Coldplay and Beyoncé's 'Hymn for the Weekend' Video is More Orientalist Than Appropriative [OP-ED]

The video—which dropped just in time for this weekend’s Super Bowl halftime show collabo—has sparked controversy.

3 Questions for Scott ‘CHOPS’ Jung, Asian-American Hip-Hop Ceiling-Breaker

Prolific producer Jung was a member of Mountain Brothers, the first Asian-American hip-hop group signed to a major label.

10 Brilliant Reactions to #WhiteGirlsAreMagic

Somebody started the hashtag #WhiteGirlsAreMagic. The takedown—from all over Twitter—was swift.

New Documentary Explores the Tensions of Being Both African and American

Nadia Sasso explains why it’s a good thing that her new documentary, “Am I: Too African To Be American or Too American To Be African?” is making some viewers uncomfortable.

Nicki Minaj To Miley Cyrus: 'You Can’t Want The Good Without The Bad'

The hip-hop star addresses Cyrus, the VMAs, cultural appropriation and so much more in this month’s New York Times Magazine profile.

Despite His Raw Lyrics, White 'Drill' Rapper Slim Jesus Isn't 'Out Here Catching Bodies And S***'

The viral sensation who co-opted Chicago’s hyperviolent drill music did his first extended interview with VLAD TV yesterday—and it’s a trip. 

#ActualAsianPoet Claps Back at White Poet Who Used Asian Pen Name

Michael Derrick Hudson is coming under tremendous fire for using an Asian pseudonymn to get his poetry published. Ken Chen and the Asian American Writers’ Workshop have a powerful hashtag. Plus, the sister of the real Yi-Fen Chou speaks her peace. 

Michael Derrick Hudson Criticized For Using Asian Pen Name To Get Poem Published

Hudson used the pseudonymn Yi-Fen Chou to be published in an anthology called “The Best American Poetry 2015.” Now, the revelation is causing controversy in and beyond the poetry community. 

Sanam: Cultural Appropriation is 'Actually Incredibly F***ing Insulting'

We talked to the outspoken, Desi breakout star of Rihanna’s “Bitch Better Have My Money” video about being Internet famous, her new beauty column and why cultural appropriation bothers her so damn much. 

Art Exhibit Explores The Hazards of Cultural Appropriation

White artist Roger Peet on cultural appropriation: “Capitalism invented whiteness in order to create a class of people that could parasitize the rest of the world.”

Anomolies' DJ Kuttin Kandi: Appropriation 'Is What Happens When Nobody Knows Your Name'

The Anomolies DJ, co-founder and activist addresses Shia LaBeouf’s lyric-stealing, the persistent erasure of artists of color, and why she’s not doing interviews on the matter in a searing new op-ed. 

Madonna Shows Up Late to the Appropriation Game with 'B—h I'm Madonna' Video

The video features booty popping, a crazy party, and a whole host of celebrity cameos. 

5 WTF Rachel Dolezal Moments

From braids to lawsuits to the n-word and more 

J. Cole, Azealia Banks Call Out White Appropriation of Black Music

“Black culture is cool, but black issues sure aren’t, huh?”

Native Appropriations Reminds You: Don't Dress up Like an Indian on Halloween

This collection of eight posts should resolve any confusion you may still have about this.