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Here are some Black celebrities that have went blonde in the past (some are still blonde now). Yet, only Beyoncé wants to be white?


Make Me Choose -  Brunette Jill or Blonde Jill?

Asked by: moirasburton {2/4}

"Next Village Over" Face Mixed Woman

My mother is Black, Puerto Rican, Possible Native American (see below) and Danish. My father is Scottish, Irish, Welsh, and German. I have a look that a Military boyfriend once told me military intelligence called “One Village Over” because I could be dropped in lots of countries and blend in as a local.

Something that needs saying: Back in the day, in the South, it was safer to be Native American than Black. In some cases, people’s “Cherokee” ancestors may have been Black or Mixed Race people who wrote themselves down as whatever the local tribe was in self defense. This may not have always been the case, but I feel it needs to be said with all the romanticizing of ancestry and “my great-great-great grandmother was a Cherokee Princess!” Holy crap. I’m a romantic, yes, and some stuff really is better with princesses, but your family tree isn’t necessarily one of those things.

Culture: My mother raised me more Puerto Rican than anything. I am very very stereotypically Western feminine in many ways and I was planning a Quince Años. Sadly, my 15th birthday would have been 09/26/2001. Yup, 15 days after the Twin Towers were hit. I felt it was heinously inappropriate, growing up in a DC suburb, to have a massive party and celebration of life that close to such a tragedy. So I cancelled.

I have regretted it ever since. I am the only girl cousin for a few generations. I watched, however, as my Latinx classmates went off to buy a pink dress, or white if you were super traditional, tried on tiaras and took waltz lessons. It always felt a little like my womanhood had been forgotten. I was coddled by my family until I was in my mid-twenties, and, even though I hit puberty shockingly early (9 years old), I was always the “baby”.

I am now nearing 30 and have decided to fix this. My mother and I embraced the writings of Jill Connor Browne in my teen years and I feel that “if no-one has (crowned me Quinceañera) by now, it’s high time I do it myself.” Being mixed race, I’ve always come at my cultural heritage at an angle, so the fact that I am not traditionally Christian, not a teenage girl, and using a Geeky theme seems oddly fitting.

Daily struggles: 

“Where are you from?” (Virginia.)

“What race are you?” (Mixed. Most people don’t believe me if I tell them.)

“I just love *insert whatever race they think I am here* women!” (Just stop. That isn’t a compliment. Even if you get it right. Some women have a kink for being fetishized. Not me.)

People speaking Spanish to me. Sometimes they change it up and use Korean, Greek, Tagalog, Kreyol, or some other language I only know by sound. (I speak English, a tiny bit of Spanish, a little French and only enough German, Japanese and Latin to get in trouble at parties. Stop assuming I speak a language because you think you know my Ethnicity.)

Identity issues: I don’t JUST identify as Latinx. I am also Black and White. I have had doctors default to assuming I’m White, which might kill me if they misdiagnose me because “you can’t possibly have that disease! You aren’t Black/Spanish enough.” Of course, it’s just as troubling when they decide I’m Latinx and immediately hand me a doctor/nurse who starts speaking Spanish at me, because I forgot most of my Spanish when circumstances put me in a French immersion school.

Also, there is a stereotype that Latinx people are uneducated or are lazy about education and will find any excuse to slack off at school. I read everything I can. Always have. I come from a very well-to-do Puerto Rican family and my mother was a scientist’s daughter, so I was not allowed to be a lazy student. It always confused my classmates that I was in advanced English and History, but in Special Education Math and Science. Surely, if I was Special Ed., I must be a “lazy, troublemaking Latina”. At least one teacher had this impression as well, and seemed to go out of her way to treat me as such, as well as dismissing my depression as “needing to think positive”. I am still shedding that baggage and trying to teach myself that I am not stupid or lazy or a troublemaker.

Tropes/Stereotypes I’m tired of seeing:

“Spicy Latina” (I identify as Latinx. But, I was born shy, and sass and sex appeal do not come naturally to me. Latinx people can be confident and sexy and sassy, but please, make them more than that and don’t let that be all of them.)

Lazy Latino Criminal/in-the-making (Plenty of Latinx folk are studious and lawful. We aren’t all illegals and most illegals are just trying to make a living, so really? How lazy is that?)

Strident Catholic Latinxs (I was raised Episcopalian and am now Unitarian Universalist leaning towards Spiritualist/Low Christianity. My relatives in Puerto Rico are mostly Episcopalian, Baptist and Lutheran.)

All Latinx Witches are Brujos (Brujeria is Central American. Other cultures may have their own different syncretic faiths, because they have different cultures backing them. Yoruba is not Igbo is not  Asante. Mexico is not Cuba is not Brazil.)

Thanks for your time!

20 years ago today on July 3rd, 1995 D'Angelo released his landmark debut album entitled Brown Sugar. This album created the neo soul blueprint and paved the way for future soul singers to come. Play this one loud today!

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Got to love the GB women’s football team.

I dont see how anyone can not love these idiots, they’re great and just perfect.

2016 TV Holiday Premieres

Specials, limited holiday series and made-for-TV movies debuting this holiday season (only debut airdates are noted here, but many movies and specials are repeated during the season, check your local listings). Updated: December 28, 2016


  • The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration (musical special from Disney World hosted by Julianne and Derek Hough) - Nov. 24
  • CMA Country Christmas (annual musical special hosted by Jennifer Nettles) - Nov. 28
  • Great American Baking Show (season 2 of the limited holiday-themed baking series) - weekly through Dec. starting on 1st *** Mini Review ***
  • Great Christmas Light Fight (three-week holiday series; season 4 of the reality competition featuring outrageous christmas light displays) - weekly through Dec. starting on 5th **Mini Review **
  • The Making of Frozen: A Return to Arendelle (special behind-the-scenes of the movie, with a sneak peek at the Frozen holiday special set for 2017 debut) - Dec. 11 *Mini Review*
  • The Disney Parks’ Magical Christmas Celebration (live musical special and parade hosted by Julianne and Derek Hough) - Dec. 25
  • Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2017 (annual New Year’s special) - Dec. 31
  • 128th Rose Parade (live parade coverage hosted by Hannah Storm and John Anderson) - Jan 2


  • Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 90th Celebration (one-hour primetime special celebrating 90 years of the Macy’s Parade) - Nov. 23
  • Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (live, official parade coverage hosted by Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie and Al Roker) - Nov. 24
  • Christmas in Rockefeller Center (annual New York City tree-lighting special) - Nov. 30
  • Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love (movie sequel to 2015′s Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors, starring Rick Schroder and Dolly Parton) - Nov. 30 ***Mini Review***
  • Hairspray Live! (live musical theatre production) - Dec. 7
  • A Pentanoix Christmas Special (holiday concert special) - Dec. 14
  • SNL Christmas Special (holiday-themed prime-time compilation of the late-night sketch show) - Dec. 14
  • America’s Got Talent Holiday Spectacular (special holiday music performance) - Dec. 19
  • Michael Buble Sings and Swings (concert special) - Dec. 20
  • Tony Bennet Celebrates 90: The Best is Yet to Come (tribute special) - Dec. 20
  • A Toast to 2016 (New Year’s eve special with Kathie Lee Griffin and Hoda Kotb) - Dec. 31
  • Late Night with Seth Meyers New Year’s Eve Special (featuring Jennifer Lawrence) - Dec. 31
  • NBC New Year’s Eve Live (Times Square countdown New Year’s special hosted by Carson Daly featuring Alicia Keys, Pentatonix and Blake Shelton) - Dec. 31 


  • Thanksgiving Day Parade (live, unofficial Macy’s parade coverage) - Nov. 24
  • A Home for the Holidays (annual adoption/foster care charity special) - Dec. 23
  • The 39th Annual Kennedy Center Honors (hall of fame induction show honoring Martha Argerich, the Eagles, Al Pacino, Mavis Staples and James Taylor) - Dec. 27


  • Taraji’s White Hot Holidays (musical special) - Dec. 8
  • Pitbull’s New Year’s Revolution (New Year’s countdown special hosted by Queen Latifah and Snoop Dogg) - Dec. 31


  • Greatest Holiday Commercials Countdown (holiday countdown special) - Dec. 12
  • Top 12 Greatest Christmas Movies of All Time (holiday countdown special) - Dec. 14
  • The iHeart Radio Jingle Ball 2016 - (annual concert special) - Dec. 15
  • 85th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade (taped parade coverage hosted by Erik Estrada, Laura McKenzie, Dean Cain and Montel Williams) - Dec. 16
  • Terry Crews Saves Christmas (limited holiday series; actor Terry Crews rescues families holiday celebrations in this five-part reality show) - starting Dec. 20


  • Anne of Green Gables (new adaptation of the classic children’s book starring Martin Sheen) - Nov. 24
  • Lidia Celebrates America: Holiday for Heroes (military holiday dinner special hosted by chef Lidia Bastianich) - Dec. 16
  • The Great British Breaking Show: Masterclass Christmas Class (cooking special hosted by Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood) - Dec. 17
  • Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir (musical special) - Dec. 19
  • Call the Midwife Holiday Special (90-minute holiday episode) - Dec. 25
  • Live from Lincoln Center: New York Philharmonic New Year’s Eve (live concert special) - Dec. 31
  • Austin City Limits Hall of Fame New Year’s Eve (live New Year’s countdown special) - Dec. 31


  • Holiday Joy (movie starring Bailee Madison) - Dec. 8 Mini Review
  • Funny or Die: Santa’s Shorts (5 original short Christmas films) - available now at freeform.com or via their app, also shown intermittently during “25 Days of Christmas” programming

Disney Channel

  • Disney Parks Presents: A Descendants Magical Holiday Celebration (musical special featuring Sofia Carson) - Nov. 25
  • Lego Frozen Northern Lights (original animated special featuring Lego-ized Frozen characters) - Dec. 9
  • Duck the Halls: A Mickey Mouse Christmas Special (original animated special) - Dec. 9 ****Mini Review****
  • New Year’s Evie (holiday countdown event hosted by Sofia Carson) - Dec. 30


  • Albert (original animated movie starring Bobby Moynihan, Judah Friedlander and Rob Riggle) - Dec. 9


  • Once Upon a Sesame Street Christmas (original Christmas special) - Nov. 25

BBC America

  • Dr. Who Christmas Special: The Return of Doctor Mysterio - Dec. 25

Hallmark Channel

  • Karen Kingsbury’s The Bridge, Part 2 (movie sequel to 2015′s Karen Kingsbury’s The Bridge, starring Faith Ford and Ted McGinley) - March 20
  • A Perfect Christmas (movie starring Susie Abromeit and Erin Gray) - July 16
  • A Wish For Christmas (movie starring Lacey Chabert and Paul Greene) - Oct. 29
  • Mistletoe Promise (movie starring Jamie King and Luke Macfarlane) - Nov. 5
  • Every Christmas Has a Story (movie starring Lori Laughlin and Colin Ferguson) - Nov. 12
  • Christmas Cookies (movie starring Jill Wagner and Wes Brown) - Nov. 13
  • Home & Family: Home For the Holidays (prime-time musical special featuring Amy Grant and Andra Day) - Nov. 17
  • My Christmas Dream (movie starring Danica McKellar, David Haydn-Jones and Deidre Hall) - Nov. 19
  • A December Bride (movie starring Jessica Lowndes and Daniel Lissing) - Nov. 20
  • Broadcasting Christmas (movie starring Melissa Joan Hart and Dean Cain) - Nov. 23
  • Christmas in Homestead (movie starring Taylor Cole) - Nov. 24
  • Christmas List (movie starring Alicia Witt and Gabriel Hogan) - Nov. 25
  • A Heavenly Christmas (Hallmark Hall of Fame movie starring Kristin Davis, Eric McCormack & Shirley MacLaine) - Nov. 26
  • Journey Back to Christmas (movie starring Candace Cameron Bure) - Nov. 27
  • The National Christmas Tree Lighting (annual special from Washington, D.C.) - Dec. 2
  • A Dream of Christmas (movie starring Nikki DeLoach and Andrew Walker) - Dec. 3 
  • Looks Like Christmas (movie starring Anne Heche and Dylan Neal) - Dec. 4 Mini Review
  • A Nutcracker Christmas (movie starring Amy Acker and Sascha Radetsky) - Dec. 10
  • Love You Like Christmas (movie starring Brennan Elliott) - Dec. 11
  • My Christmas Love (movie starring Meredith Hagner and Gregory Harrison) - Dec. 17 ****Mini Review****
  • Sleigh Bells Ring (movie) - Dec. 18
  • When Calls the Heart Christmas (movie-length episode of the series) - Dec. 25
  • A Rose For Christmas (movie starring Rachel Boston) - Jan. 1
  • 128th Tournament of Roses Parade (annual special, LIVE) - Jan. 2

Hallmark Movies and Mysteries

  • Love Always, Santa (movie) - Nov. 6
  • Finding Father Christmas (movie starring Wendy Malick and Erin Krakow) - Nov. 13
  • Operation Christmas (movie starring Tricia Helfer and Marc Blucas) - Nov. 20
  •  I’ll Be Home for Christmas (movie starring James Brolin and Mena Suvari) - Nov. 27
  • Hearts of Christmas (movie starring Emillie Ullerup and Kristoffer Polaha) - Dec. 4
  • The Sound of Christmas (movie starring Lindy Booth and Robin Dunne ) - Dec. 11
  • A Christmas to Remember (movie starring Mira Sorvino and Cameron Mathison) - Dec. 18
  • Happy Yule Log (hearth-themed Christmas music and video stream) - Dec. 24-25


  • A Christmas in Vermont (movie starring Chevy Chase, Abigail Hawk, Howard Houseman & Morgan Fairchild) - Nov. 27
  • A Firehouse Christmas (movie starring Anna Hutchison and Marcus Rosner) - Dec. 3
  •  A Cinderella Christmas (movie starring Emma Rigby, Peter Porter, Mindy Cohn and Lucy DeVito) - Dec. 4
  • Christmas with the Andersons (movie starring George Stults, Christy Carlson Romano and Barry Livingston) - Dec. 10
  • A Husband for Christmas (movie starring Vivica A. Fox, Ricco Ross, Dominique Swain and Eric Roberts) - Dec. 11


  • Married by Christmas (movie starring Res MaCallan and James Eckhouse) - Nov. 6
  • Merry Christmas Baby! (4th movie in the Chandler Family Franchise, starring Malinda Williams and Victoria Rowell) - Nov. 13
  • A Puppy for Christmas (movie starring Cindy Busby and Greyston Holt) - Nov. 25
  • Falling for Christmas (movie starring Leah Renee and Lisa Whelchel) - Nov. 26
  • The Rooftop Christmas Tree (movie starring Michelle Morgan and Tim Reid) - Nov. 27
  • Girlfriends of Christmas Past (movie starring Tammin Sursok, Lindsey McKeon and Meagan Holder) - Dec. 4
  • Season’s Greetings (movie starring Laura Bell Bundy) - Dec. 11


  • Heaven Sent (movie starring Christian Kane, Marley Shelton and Ernie Hudson) - Dec. 3

TV One

  • Allstate Gospal Superfest: Holiday Special (musical special) - Nov. 20
  • The Christmas Swap (movie starring Christian Keyes and Dondre Whitfield) - Nov. 26
  • Merry Ex-Mas (movie starring Angel Conwell and London Brown) - Dec. 10

Cartoon Network

  • Joe Pera Helps You Find the Perfect Christmas Tree  (live-action, Adult Swim special) - Dec. 9


  • Surprise! Instant Xmas Carol (celebrity carolers, including Conan O’Brien and Jane Lynch, surprise fans at Christmas) - Dec. 21


  • New Year’s Eve Live (with Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin) - Dec. 31


  • Homocide for the Holidays (four-epsiode, true-crime miniseries detailing holiday crimes) - starting Dec. 3


  • Joe’s Pub Presents: A Holiday Special (music and comedy variety special hosted by Tony Hale) - Dec. 21


  • Diva’s Holiday: Unsilent Night (concert special featuring Patti LaBelle, Mariah Carey and others) - Dec. 5


  • WWE Tribute to the Troops (annual military tribute special) - Dec. 14


  • Smoky Mountains Rise: A Benefit for the My People (LIVE three-hour fund-raising telethon to help victims of the recent wildfires, featuring Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers and others) - Dec. 13


  • Winter Thaw (movie starring John Rhys-Davis)  - Nov. 24
  • Christmas Under the Stars (concert special featuring Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith, among others) - Nov. 25
  • BYU Vocal Point (concert special featuring BYU’s award-winning a capella group with several special guests) - Nov. 26


  • White House Christmas 2016 (special look at the White House Christmas decorations) - Dec. 11

Animal Planet

  • Super Cute Yule Log (holiday scenes featuring animals frolicking to seasonal tunes) - Dec. 25

Food Network

  • Holiday Baking Championship (limited run, holiday baking competition series hosted by Bobby Deen) - weekly starting on Nov. 6
  • Cake Wars: Christmas (special 6-episode holiday season of the baking competition) - weekly starting Nov. 14
  • Christmas Cookie Challenge 2 (cookie baking competition) - Nov. 28
  • Holiday Baking Champions vs Kids’ Baking Champions (head-to-head cooking battle between winners of both series hosted by Bobby Deen) - Dec. 25


  • Tia Mowry Thanksgiving at Home (holiday-themed cooking special) - Nov. 13
  • Christmas at Tiffani’s (holiday-themed cooking special featuring Tiffani Thiessen) - Dec. 4

Amazon Prime Video

  • If You Give a Mouse a Christmas Cookie (animated special) - Nov. 25
  • The Snowy Day (animated special) - Nov. 25
  • An American Girl Story, Maryellen 1955: Extraordinary Christmas (original special) - available now
  • Bookaboo’s Barkin’ New Year’s Eve (animated special) - Dec. 30


  • Ricardo O’Farrill: Abrazo Navideno (Spanish-language, Christmas stand-up special) - available now
  • Sense8: A Christmas Special (special episode of the series) - Dec. 23


  • Streaming Wonderland (limited holiday series) - available now


  • SuperMansion: War On Christmas (special holiday episode of adult animated series ) - Dec. 8


  • Andy Richter’s Home for the Holidays (original variety special) - Dec. 20