Collin Garbarino
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A farewell to Aunt Jemima

Culture | Companies abandon brands built on racial stereotypes
by Collin Garbarino
Posted 6/23/20, 05:43 pm

In 1889, Chris Rutt started using the name “Aunt Jemima” to market his pancake flour after he heard the song “Old Aunt Jemima” in a minstrel show. The shows usually featured white actors in blackface, but African American comedian Billy Kersands wrote and performed “Old Aunt Jemima.”

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Protests lead to extreme TV makeover

Media | Small-screen platforms pull shows over depictions of police and race
by Collin Garbarino
Posted 6/16/20, 04:39 pm

The opening sequence of the long-running reality show Cops used to call up images of men and women in badges going after criminals as a reggae group sang, “Bad boys, bad boys, whatcha gonna do, whatcha gonna do when they come for you?” Now, in the wake of several high-profile deaths of African Americans involving police officers, activists are coming for shows that focus on law enforcement.

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Pastor steals the show

Media | The Voice crowns an unexpected winner
by Collin Garbarino
Posted 5/26/20, 07:50 pm

From Aretha Franklin to Justin Timberlake, it’s not uncommon for singers to get their start performing in front of congregations. A church background isn’t unusual on TV singing competitions either. Kris Allen, the 2009 winner of American Idol, served as worship leader of a nondenominational church in Arkansas, and Chris Blue, a 2017 finalist on The Voice, served in the same capacity at a Methodist church in eastern Tennessee. What’s a little more out of the ordinary is for any singer to score his big break in his fifth decade of life.

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