Aug 25, 2009

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I had a feeling Tameka Foster Raymond was not going to take the accusations that she plagarized her Huffington Post article lying down.  Tameka took to Russell Simmons' Global Grind website to dispel the rumors.  She even referred to Jawn Murray (the entertainment reporter for Black Voices) as a "disreputable gossip writer."
Here is a snippet of her response to Aisha Curry:
Soo a ridiculous rumor has emerged that the recent blog entry I wrote for the Huffington Post was plagiarized. Wow!! This is an unfounded insinuation that has no basis, merit or truth. I've never heard of this author or her book until Thursday afternoon. African-American women struggling with complexion issues is not a novel or an original topic. It's an issue that has been written about for ages. Numerous African-American publications and online sites have addressed this topic. Even the Tyra Banks Show devoted an entire segment to it. shared my personal story as a dark skinned woman in America, an experience that parallels millions of other Black women. Regrettably, this other author has no copyright (or patent) on the Black female experience. While I'm delighted to discover there is a new book with a similar theme available I only wish the author would have embraced our commonality as sisters in this struggle rather than opt for such a defamatory public recourse via a disreputable gossip writer. Approach is everything. Plagiarism is a serious implication that I'm extremely disheartened and insulted by. If this author can produce the same references in her book that I made to Alek Wek, poet Khalil Gibran, an experience in Brazil, disparaging public comments surrounding living as a "dark skinned" woman as well as scrutiny regarding her marriage to an R&B singer then perhaps she should seek legal counsel to handle this matter with the proper protocol. Source
So who do you believe: Tameka Foster Raymond or Aisha Curry?


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  2. I think Tameka Foster Raymond drove a point home for me. It wasn't a matter of whether she was right, making Aisha Curry wrong. Do you know how many individuals on this planet have very paralled experiences? In the interconnectedness of ALL thing, how could one individual not have a similar experiences as another? What makes one person have EXCLUSIVE rights of an experience over another? At some point, we, as black women need to put down the gauntlet and collaborate with our stories in order to heal ourselves, rather than continuing to attempt to destroy one another, as Foster suggested.