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Lupita Nyong'o believes race is a "social construct" because, growing up in Kenya, she never thought of herself as "Black".

The 36-year-old Pisces was born in Mexico but raised in Kenya, which gave her a different perspective on race and racism in Black America.

She tells BBC Newsnight that she still experienced "colorism" prejudice due to having darker skin. But it was only after she arrived in the U.S. that she saw how people were divided by race.

"Race is a very social construct, one that I didn't have to ascribe to on a daily basis growing up," she says. "As much as I was experiencing colorism in Kenya, I wasn't aware that I belonged to a race called Black."

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She said she only realized she was Black when she moved to America, "because suddenly the term Black was being ascribed to me and it meant certain things that I was not accustomed to."

Lupita says she was once told she was "too dark" to appear on TV, and that she was not as pretty as her sister, who had lighter skin.

"I definitely grew up feeling uncomfortable with my skin color because I felt like the world around me awarded lighter skin," the Black Panther star explains.

As a result, she believes Americans favor lighter skin even among those who are Black.

"We still ascribe to these notions of Eurocentric standards of beauty, that then effect how we see ourselves among ourselves," she adds.

teachers note

Some people are too ignorant for words. A teacher's note asking a mother to be considerate of other children has somehow been turned into an attack on black culture.

It all started when a Chicago teacher sent a note home with a student asking the child's mom to go lightly on the coconut oil she put in her daughter's hair because the smell was disturbing the other students.

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Rachel Dolezal

Rachel Dolezal dominated the world headlines yesterday after her Caucasian parents revealed she impersonated a black woman for nearly a decade.

Dolezal, 37, responded to the overwhelmingly negative backlash in a new interview on Friday, saying; "I don't give two sh*ts what you guys think. I do consider myself to be black."

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Michelle Obama

They say "When in Rome, do as Romans do", but apparently first lady Michelle Obama doesn't believe in following strict traditions. The first lady and her husband, president Barack Obama, made an unscheduled trip to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday to pay their condolences after the death of the King Abdullah.

According to strict dress code for women, all women in Saudi Arabia are required to wear a headscarf and loose, black robes while in public. But Mrs. Obama defiantly refused to cover her head.

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The Real

Viewers of Fox's The Real witnessed a truly spectacularly insulting moment on Friday's show. The cultural difference between The Real co-hosts, who are black or biracial, and Jeannie Mai, a Chinese/American, was never more evident than during today's episode.

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Catcalls

Last week a viral video stirred heated debate about men's first amendment rights and women's rights to feel safe while walking down the street. The race-baiting video featured an average looking Caucasian woman sauntering down the seedier side of NYC for 10 hours while receiving over 100 catcalls and wolf whistles from black and Hispanic men.

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Karrueche

Chris Brown's concubine Karrueche Tran didn't know what hit her in the hours after she poked fun at Blue Ivy, the 2-year-old daughter of pop icon Beyonce and her husband Jay Z, during a live taping of BET's 106 & Park on Monday. In Blue Ivy's voice, the 25-year-old socialite said, “I really did wake up like this, because my parents never comb my hair.”

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Auntie Fee

YouTube has an obsession with making Internet stars out of uncouth, uneducated people who are challenged by the English language. Remember Antoine Dodson and Sweet Brown? Most of these Internet stars have no real talent, but they do have a unique knack for making a spectacle out of the mundane.

One such person is Chef Auntie Fee, a sassy woman who uploads videos to YouTube featuring her low budget cooking recipes.

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Stephen A Smith

ESPN's outspoken analyst Stephen A. Smith apologized profusely for telling battered women to stop provoking their abusers.

He went one step further during Monday's segment of ESPN2's "First Take," calling his statements the "most egregious of my career."

Smith made his controversial statements during ESPN's "First Take" on Friday.

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Racist casting call

Universal Pictures is casting black girls for its film Straight Outta Compton, a biopic which documents the rise of rap supergroup N.W.A.

The casting call by Sande Allesi Casting, which reflects the target audience of the movie, grades the women by skin color and whether they wear weave and extensions. "Fine" LSLH women (light skinned with long hair) are graded A/B, while dark skinned women who wear hair weave are graded C/D. Naturally the weave wearers are outraged by the degrading implications of the casting call.

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Michelle Burdo

CBS46 host Michelle Burdo has apologized for using the archaic racial descriptor 'colored' while speaking to a woman of African descent.

“Let me tell you something,” Burdo said during a live discussion with an African-American hair expert, “I’m not a colored woman but I have kinky hair just like her and when you straighten it every day, it’s...” she paused, searching for the right word. "Healthier," she added.

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Girl sent home for wearing dreads

A 6-year-old Tulsa, Oklahoma girl was sent home from school because her unkempt dreadlocks violated the school's dress code.

Tiana Parker's father, Terrance Parker, told KOKI that his daughter was pulled out of class at Deborah Brown Community School for having the "wrong hairstyle."

“She’s always presentable,” explained Parker, who is a barber by trade. “I take pride in my kids looking nice.”

“They didn’t like my dreads,” the little girl cried during an interview with a KOKI reporter.

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An African American pastor of a Charlotte, N.C. church came under fire recently for requesting white only greeters at the front doors of the church.

Pastor Makeda of Freedom House Church sent an email blast to the members of his church asking black members not to serve as greeters on Sunday mornings at the 9 a.m. service, the Atlanta journal Constitution reports.

The dreadlocked pastor made the unusual request to attract more Caucasian members to the church. In the email, Makeda wrote "first impressions count," and she wanted only “the best of the best on the front doors."

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Black diners ejected from restaurant

A Charleston man who says he and his family were racially discriminated against at a restaurant took his complaints to Facebook, reports Live 5 News. Michael Brown says he and other family members were celebrating at Wild Wing Cafe in North Charleston, when a shift manager asked the raucous party to move to another section because a white customer was uncomfortable.

"She said there's a situation where one of our customers feels threatened by your party, so she asked us not to seat you in our section, which totally alarmed all of us because we're sitting there peaceably for two hours," explains Brown. "Obviously, if we were causing any conflict, we would have been ejected out of the place hours before."

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The following news item is not a joke, spoof or parody.

Judge orders boy name changed from Messiah A Tennessee couple who couldn't agree on a last name for their infant son ended up in front of a Bible thumping judge who ordered that they change the boy's first name from Messiah to a more acceptable name for black boy's: Martin.

Child Support Magistrate Lu Ann Ballew ordered Jaleesa Martin and the father of the 7-month-old boy to change his name to "Martin DeShawn McCullough," because it includes both parent's last names. Judge Bellow was unhappy with the child's first name because, according to her, only "one person" has ever been named Messiah.

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Frank Ski and Don Lemon

Local restauranteur Frank Ski, left, tweeted his response to CNN anchor Don Lemon's oral dissertation on what's wrong with black men in America.

Lemon, 47, recently defended Bill O'Reilly's low opinions of black men, saying O'Reilly didn't "go far enough" in his depiction of black men as social outcasts.

Addressing black people directly, Lemon, who is openly gay, listed "5 Things To Improve Black America," beginning with "Pull up your pants."

In his letter to Don, titled "I'm just saying," Ski tweeted "It was extremely irresponsible for a person of your influence to point fingers and criticize without also listing the "Systemic Racisms" of America that brought us to this point."

Ski, 49, who owns Frank Ski's Restaurant and Lounge, left V-103 last year after 14 years at the helm of the station's top-rated Frank Ski Morning Show and Frank and Wanda Morning Show.

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An 11-year-old Yemeni girl ran away from home to escape an arranged marriage to an older man.

Nada al-Ahdal was saved from an arranged marriage only after her uncle intervened. In a video posted on YouTube, Nada says: "Go ahead and marry me off - I'll kill myself." While we shudder to think what our lives would be like to be married at 11, it is tradition in other cultures.

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A middle-aged Tennessee woman wants an apology from a doctor who used ghetto slang to explain the cause of her lower back pain.

In an interview with CBS affiliate WERG in Memphis, Terry Ragland, 55, said she went to see Dr. Timothy Sweo in April for treatment of severe lower back pain.

“It’s one of those things where my hip seems to slip, like it’s slipping out of place a little bit. It’s painful when you get up to go walk it kind of slips, you know,” said Ragland, explaining her painful condition.

Dr. Sweo examined Ragland and diagnosed her with Lumbar Lordosis, a painful inward curvature of the lower spine that causes the tailbone to protrude outward.

“He said ‘I know what the problem is. It’s ghetto booty,’” said Ragland. "I think I blacked out after he said 'ghetto booty,'" she recalled.

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The Game Fights for His Right to Sag His Pants

Rapper The Game is speaking out against a New Jersey ban that prohibits sagging pants on the world famous boardwalk. The law bans the wearing of pants that sag 3 inches below the hips, exposing skin or underwear.

But Game, whose real name is Jayceon Terrell Taylor, is outraged by the anti-sagging law which he compares to slavery.

Like most rappers, The Game is blissfully ignorant to the fact that most decent citizens do not want to see the color and brand of underwear he has on.

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