No Cape Needed

These days we can use a black superhero.  Just in the knick of time–superheroes’ favorite time to arrive–climbing into the clouds to rescue us from the symbols of racist oppression comes Super-Bree!

Bree Newsome, filmmaker and activist did what people have been talking about doing all week.  She climbed the pole behind the South Carolina State house and took the Confederate flag down.  In a statement Newsome and other concerned citizens said:

Deciding to do what the SC Legislature has thus far neglected to do, the group took down the symbol of white supremacy that inspired the massacre, continued to fly at full mast in defiance of South Carolina’s grief, and flew in defiance of everyone working to actualize a more equitable Carolinian future.

Now that’s how you work a pole!

Dogs End Racism!

Or so goes the hope  at the center of pedigree’s new ad campaign.  Feed the Good is Pedigree’s new worldwide campaign.  Spots designed for the US, Australia, and Brazil will take on serious local issues with a velvet fur glove.  For the US spot, personal racial bias is the problem, neatly solved with a wet sloppy tongue kiss.

If only it were this easy.  The critic in me says that the ad is full of dog whistles, from the boys sitting on the curb to the sirens in the background.   The dog lover in me knows the power that animals have to break down the walls of social rules we build between ourselves.  I want to see a world were we don’t need a dog to see the humanity in others, but until then a little kiss couldn’t hurt.

Is This the New Black?

Guinness is  redefining the way we see Africans with it’s new Made of  Black Campaign.  They’ve enlisted artist from across the continent to contribute to this extended campaign.  Take a look and let us know what you think–is this a new black? Check it out and hit up the comments!