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A new bestselling novel scrutinizes colorism and standards of beauty in America

While the world continues to reckon with systemic racism and anti-Blackness during a summer of protest and awakening after the killing of George Floyd, a new novel explores another layer of discrimination experienced by people within Black communities. Brit Bennett's "The Vanishing Half" is the story of the Vignes twins, Desiree and Stella, who yearn for escape from their small, fictional town in the Deep South populated solely by light-skinned Black people. In 1950s Mallard, Louisiana the residents venerate their proximity to Whiteness and consider dark skin undesirable. The twins are revered for their fair complexion but equally reminded of their race by the unfair world around them; years earlier, they witnessed their father lynched by a White mob, and now, when they want only to ...

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Seeing beauty in the weeds | Opinion

This morning started out like all mornings. Harley, our sweet pitbull/golden mix, was anxious to pull me down the block to do her morning duty. Harley’s tail-wagging, sunny mood matched the warmth of the early springlike February morning. We walked slowly side by side. I don’t drink coffee in the morning but I did drink in the small cup of joy offered up by the tiny varicolored pusley flowers riding the green grass-like froth surfing upon a spent wave ebbing gently back into the ocean. Back home I scrolled my emails and saw a posting on the Nextdoor site. Someone was complaining bitterly about the beauty I’d just admired. The poster railed against the “weeds” that were ruining his lawn. I guess he didn’t notice that his lawn is a clumpy collection of sawgrass and crabgrass. But...

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L’Oreal’s US CEO says beauty is not virtual in a leaked memo revealing why the company is forcing workers to return to the office

  L'Oréal USA, which employs nearly 11,000 people, is calling its employees back to work. The decision stems from a company philosophy that values in-person collaboration and on-site face-time, a leaked memo reveals. "The world of beauty is not a remote or virtual one," said president and CEO of L'Oreal USA Stephane Rinderknech in an internal memo to employees regarding the reopening of the offices, which was viewed by Business Insider. Meanwhile, internal communications and interviews with employees reveal a sense of fear and frustration regarding the mandate to return to the offices. "Being together is a key ingredient to our culture and essential to the success of our business in a creative industry," L'Oréal previously told Business Insider in a statement. "As suc...

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