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I stumbled upon Cocoa Familia, “a product blog for families of color,” through a link on the blog Black and Married with Kids. There is some cool stuff to be found here, including a Bessie Coleman action figure (in honor of the first African American to become an airplane pilot, and the first American of any race or gender to hold an international pilot license), various products from Ginger Snaps Baby (a line of “gifts inspired by children of color”), and Baby Got Barack t-shirts.

Note that “of color” on Cocoa Familia seems to translate to black as far as products with pictures and faces on them are concerned. Also, there are a host of products represented, such as a Daddy Diaper Vest unrelated to race or ethnicity.

ParentDish reports “Teen girls say Rihanna is to blame for assault.” Do any of you readers have children old enough to clue in to the Chris Brown/Rihanna saga? How are you handling it?

Last week, Oprah Winfrey devoted an entire show to talking about dating violence, specifically to the recent incident between rapper Chris Brown and pop diva Rihanna. There was a lot of eye rolling on the part of viewers, because really, do we need to hear this again?

Apparently the answer is yes, we do. Or at least our teenage daughters do, because they are flocking to Brown’s defense. Brown, 19, is accused of assaulting Rihanna; the 21-year-old wound up in the hospital with a black eye and bloodied face. Yet in spite of the graphic nature of her injuries, Brown’s female fans are standing by him — and blaming Rihanna for the incident.

“She probably made him mad for him to react like that,” a ninth grader told the “New York Times.” “You know, like, bring it on?”

Another girl added, “She probably feels bad that it was her fault, so she took him back.”

And this from a third: “I don’t think he’ll hit her like that again.” Read more…


Over at The Root, Shiwani Srivastava wrote about Indian Americans tagged with the “model minority” label:

Let’s clear this up once and for all. Being called a “model minority” is an unwelcome characterization that is damaging and tough to overcome. Why do you think the “old” model minorities—East Asian Americans—have struggled to shed the label since they were first saddled with it in the 1960s because of “their advanced educations and high earnings.” Read more…

Mixed Race America tackles the idea, recently furthered by Sen. Charles Grassley, that Japanese students’ and businessmen’s desire for excellence often ends in seppuku.

Is there a rash of suicides among Japanese students and executives that has somehow escaped me or is this just a stereotype that has persisted from the days of WWII of kamikaze pilots and Samurai films depicting warriors committing seppuku (ritual Samurai suicide). Read more…

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About Tami

Tami Winfrey Harris writes about race, feminism, politics and pop culture at the blog What Tami Said. Her work has also appeared online at The Guardian’s Comment is Free, Ms. Magazine blog, Newsweek,, Huffington Post and Racialicious. She is a graduate of the Iowa State University Greenlee School of Journalism. She is mom to two awesome stepkids and spends her spare time researching her family history and cultivating a righteous 'fro.
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