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The activist, blogger and DJ who goes by the name “Fumes” has built a large following on Twitter and Tumblr by voicing strong objection to white appropriation of African-American culture, calling out white privilege in all its forms and targeting the fashion industry for what she describes as “Columbusing, colonizing and exploiting” black culture for profit without acknowledging the centuries of suffering, discrimination and exploitation that helped inform black Americans’ unique cultural expressions.

In this exclusive TYTInterview, Fumes and The Young Turks’ Ana Kasparian discuss:

- Their Twitter feud over “white feminism” that led to this interview
- What cultural appropriation looks like
- Allure Magazine’s celebration of Kylie Jenner’s cornrows
- The complicated history and expression of black hair
- Why everyone in American culture is encouraged to look “as European as possible.”
- Whether calling out celebrities for appropriating black culture is acceptable
- Why Rachel Doleful has no right to pretend to be black
- The #BlackLivesMatter movement activists who disrupted Bernie Sanders’ rallies
- White feminism as a subset of white privilege
- Why white - and black - feminists need to understand and celebrate “intersectionality.”

Follow Fumes on Twitter: @WlZKHALlFA
Follow Ana on Twitter: @Ana Kasparian

Check out Fumes’ Tumblr at http://brwn-grl.tumblr.com/


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Direct download: TYT_Interviews__Fumes.mp3
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