Letters and Opinions

These are opinion pieces that I have had published in a variety of newspapers and magazines. I have been writing letters-to-the-editor since 2006, and have had over 160 published since then. I also play guitar and sing in a musical revue called The Loser's Lounge. With a cast of guest singers, we perform tributes to great songwriters and bands. The show is in its 24th year, and we perform at Joe's Pub - The Public Theater and Lincoln Center in New York City.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

"Beyonce Knowles is taking heat for a new pale-skinned photo promoting her last album. The superstar singer was also airbrushed lighter in a 2008 ad. Some believe any amount of whitewashing sends a damaging message - and the star should know better by now." The Daily News printed my response on January 21, 2012.
Whether or not Beyonce intentionally allowed her skin to be lightened for some photo shoots, the debate alone over the possibility demonstrates the power we unfortunately invest in skin color. Beyonce should have the freedom to adapt her appearance as she sees fit, even if it may play into a damaging stereotype. It will always be within her power to make other statements with her appearance if she so chooses.


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