TACO Magazine: Seeking Staff

TACO: Talking about Colorism Out in the Open

The Intraracial Colorism Project, Inc. is seeking magazine staff for a potential online magazine (with subscriber website access) that focuses on colorism issues in society. This is a start-up magazine that will be published online with a special print edition published in November 2013 for the Conference on Colorism. Staff will be required to attend virtual staff meetings (via Skype or conference call) as needed. Please note that all positions listed below are unpaid at this time.

If you are interested, please forward your resume and writing sample to magazine@colorismproject.com

We are interested in innovative ideas and creative styles.

Associate Editor: The editor is in charge of setting editorial policy and is responsible for the editorial content of the magazine. Guides writers, holds weekly virtual meetings with team designer, photographer, writer, etc.) responsible for monitoring all stages of content before publication.

Managing Editor:
Sets schedules and coordinates the editorial, art and production departments to make sure the magazine is published on time.

Features Assistant Editor: Plans and assigns stories for certain sections/corners of the magazine and may assist in general planning and assignments. The position will work with writers, photographers, designers and illustrators. May also be responsible for covering events and writing regular features.

Copy Editor:/Fact Checker: Responsible for grammatical accuracy style and for fact-checking functions.

Art Director: An art director is responsible for the visual appeal of the magazine (photography and illustrations) and supervises layout. Sets the design and format of the magazine.
Promotion Manager: Handles all public relations duties and will help publicize the magazine by arranging interviews, contacting and securing sponsors and/or other events.

Contest Manager: Responsible for developing, writing, and overseeing all contest related content, notices, policies, and submissions.

Section Writers: Responsible for writing subject matter specific content, conducting interviews, verifying information, writing drafts of articles and coordinating content with other staff.

Customer Service Manager: Responsible for subscriptions, addressing customer concerns, account management,etc.

Journal of Colorism Studies (JOCS): Call for Submissions

The Journal of Colorism Studies (JOCS) is an open access, online journal and the official quarterly publication of the Intraracial Colorism Project, Inc.

JOCS will present high-quality research in a forum that is informative to broad audiences including those outside as well as inside academia and those not immediately conversant with the subject matter of submissions.

JOCS is accepting submissions that contain rigorous quality research, develop theory, and explore new perspectives on colorism issues in society. Content includes theoretical essays, empirical research, practice-oriented papers, book reviews, and essays.

Manuscripts should be submitted in current APA format and must not exceed 25 pages in length including title page, abstract, tables, figures, and references. Additional submission guidelines are posted on the journal’s website: http://www.jocsonline.org

Submit manuscripts online at:  http://jocsonline.org

Visit the Journal of Colorism Studies online at:  http://www.jocsonline.org to view the Call for Submissions and content areas.

Continued Success!

Dr. Donnamaria Culbreth,

Founding Editor

The Dynamics of Colorism Talk Radio Show Guest: Dr. Audrey Elisa Kerr, Author of the Paper Bag Principle

Dr. Audrey Elisa Kerr, author of the Paper Bag Principle: Class, Complexion, and Community in Black Washington, D.C. will be a guest on The Dynamics of Colorism, Episode 7 airing on Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 8:00 pm EST.

Listen Live (Click)

Tune in for our last show of the year with one of the leading authorities on colorism! We will discuss colorism tests, social clubs and associations and the skin color tests used to separate and divide the Black community. Dr. Kerr will explain skin color tests and the settings (church, social clubs, schools, etc.) in which each test was used:

  • Paper Bag Test
  • Blue Vein Test
  • Flashlight Test
  • Comb Test
  • Door Test
  • Nail Test
  • Photo Test

About Dr. Kerr

Dr. Audrey Elisa Kerr is one of the leading authorities on colorism. Dr. Kerr completed a Ph.D. in English from the University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland in 1998. Her dissertation titled Two Black Washingtons: The Role of Complexion in the Experience of District of Columbia Residents, 1863-1963, is recognized as the premier source on colorism issues in the Washington, DC area for the period of 1863-1963. Her research focused on “color-related caste legends” (Kerr, 1998) and is an “interdisciplinary study, drawing from sociology, history and literature” (Kerr, 1998).


Dr. Kerr’s publications include the following:


  • The History of Color Prejudice at Howard University (2006) Journal of Blacks in Higher Education.
  • The Paper Bag Principle: Of the Myth and the Motion of Colorism (2005) Journal of American Folklore, 118, no. 469 (2005): 271-289


The Paper Bag Principle: Class, Colorism, and Rumor in the Case of Black Washington, D.C, (2006). University of Tennessee Press. (Available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.)

Book Description
The Paper Bag Principle: Class, Colorism, and Rumor in the Case of Black Washington, D.C. considers the function of oral history in shaping community dynamics among African American residents of the nation’s capitol. The only attempt to document rumor and legends relating to complexion in black communities, The Paper Bag Principle looks at the divide that has existed between the black elite and the black “folk.” While a few studies have dealt with complexion consciousness in black communities, there has, to date, been no study that has catalogued how the belief systems of members of a black community have influenced the shaping of its institutions, organizations, and neighborhoods. Audrey Kerr examines how these folk beliefs—exemplified by the infamous “paper bag tests”—inform color discrimination intraracially. Kerr argues that proximity to whiteness (in hue) and wealth have helped create two black Washingtons and that the black community, at various times in history, replicated “Jim Crowism” internally to create some standard of exceptionalism in education and social organization. Kerr further contends that within the nomenclature of African Americans, folklore represents a complex negotiation of racism written in ritual, legend, myth, folk poetry, and folk song that captures “boundary building” within African American communities. The Paper Bag Principle focuses on three objectives: to record lore related to the “paper bag principle” (the set of attitudes that granted blacks with light skin higher status in black communities); to investigate the impact that this “principle” has had on the development of black community consciousness; and to link this material to power that results from proximity to whiteness. The Paper Bag Principle is sure to appeal to scholars and historians interested in African American studies, cultural studies, oral history, folklore, and ethnic and urban studies.” (Amazon)

Dr. Kerr will be the Guest Speaker at the Conference on Colorism in 2013.

Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 8:00 pm EST

Looking forward to you tuning in!

Continued Success!

Dr. Culbreth

The Intraracial Colorism Project, Inc.

The Dynamics of Colorism Changes

In order to make the show more intriguing (at least for me), the format of the Dynamics of Colorism Blog Talk Radio will change to a panel discussion format beginning in 2013. Weekly episodes will include regular panel members and guests discussing the dynamics of colorism.
Look forward to thought provoking discussions that may be controversial at times. Meaningful discussions that are full of substance, light fires, respectfully agree to disagree on positions, and include diverse perspectives are the best discussions to have on any subject matter.

I am looking forward to the new format!

I am “fired up, ready to go” (Childs, 2007).
Continued Success!
Dr. Culbreth