Let me tell you a story. Once at a party, I had all the little girls sitting around me and I was asking them about their favorite parts of all the princess movies. The birthday girl was sitting next to me, and tells me, “Princess, your skin is the same color as mine.” I smile and agree, and try to move the game along, but she interrupts and says, “Your skin is brown and you’re a princess. It’s the same color as mine, but you’re a princess.”
“Well, if my skin is brown and your skin is brown, and I’m a princess, then you must be a princess too.” I tell her. And then I spent the next 10 minutes assuring all the black girls at the party that yes, they have lovely skin and yes, they can be princesses with me.
This happens at most of the parties I go to. I have had my arm stroked, my hair patted, my skin color commented on more times than I can remember. I am not simply hired out to entertain a bunch of cute little girls dressed in poofy skirts who want to play with a big girl in a poofier skirt. I am hired out because I am an affirmation. For these little black girls (and boys! I’ve dazzled a few of them too) Princess Tiana is proof that for once, they can be special BECAUSE of the color of their skin, not IN SPITE OF.
greenpeace has laid blame at the feet of procter and gamble, who knowingly purchase palm oil from those who extract it from palm tree plantations grown on the razed land (last photo). the palm oil is used in such products as crest toothpaste, head and shoulders and pantene shampoo, christina aguilera perfume, clairol and cover girl make up and gillette shaving gel.
"the maker of head & shoulders needs to stop bringing rainforest destruction into our showers. it must clean up its act and guarantee its customers that these products are forest friendly," said bustar maitar, head of the indonesian forest campaign at greenpeace international. these sentiments are echoed in a greenpeace media campaign targetting procter and gamble.
indonesia is home to approximately three percent of the world’s forests, which are part of a ring of forests along the equator known as the lungs of the world. yet deforestation in indonesia represents over a third of the total global carbon emissions from deforestation and land degradation.