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Facing Race Spotlight: Arts Activist Ken Chen

Facing Race Spotlight: Arts Activist Ken Chen

by Aura Bogado on October 28 2014, 7:00AM

Chen, the executive director of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, spoke with Colorlines about Asian-American identity, the role of poetry in social justice movements and the power of weirdness.

Topics: Arts & Culture

What Happens When You're Tired of Saying 'Dear White People?'

What Happens When You’re Tired of Saying ‘Dear White People?’

by Jamilah King on October 27 2014, 7:00AM

It’s important to name the ways that we thrive when we’re not in opposition to something.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Native Appropriations Reminds You: Don't Dress up Like an Indian on Halloween

Native Appropriations Reminds You: Don’t Dress up Like an Indian on Halloween

by Aura Bogado on October 24 2014, 12:03PM

This collection of eight posts should resolve any confusion you may still have about this.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Native Affairs, /NOW

Gay Sex is Gay Sex and Politically, That Matters

Gay Sex is Gay Sex and Politically, That Matters

by Jamilah King on October 23 2014, 1:44PM

Shonda Rhimes is making history with the gay sex scenes on her shows. We should own it.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Watch FKA twigs Battle in a New Google Glass Video

Watch FKA twigs Battle in a New Google Glass Video

by Aura Bogado on October 23 2014, 10:28AM

‘Was she the girl that’s from the video?’

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Junot Díaz Endorses Call to Boycott Israel

Junot Díaz Endorses Call to Boycott Israel

by Aura Bogado on October 21 2014, 4:16PM

The author formally supports a campaign for the “academic and cultural boycott” of Israel.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Matthew McConaughey Defends Washington, D.C., NFL Team Name

Matthew McConaughey Defends Washington, D.C., NFL Team Name

by Aura Bogado on October 21 2014, 3:15PM

The actor says the logo gives him ‘a little fire and some oomph.’

Topics: Arts & Culture, Native Affairs, /NOW

Picking a Halloween Costume? Watch This Cupcake Tutorial First

Picking a Halloween Costume? Watch This Cupcake Tutorial First

by Aura Bogado on October 21 2014, 2:16PM

‘So ignorantly tasty’

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Rinku Sen and Jeff Chang Discuss His Latest, 'Who We Be'

Rinku Sen and Jeff Chang Discuss His Latest, ‘Who We Be’

by Rinku Sen on October 21 2014, 8:15AM

Chang’s new history of multiculturalism, “Who We Be: The Colorization of America,” drops today.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Society

Cinematographer Bradford Young on Lighting Dark Skin and the 'Subversive' Power of the Black Church

Cinematographer Bradford Young on Lighting Dark Skin and the ‘Subversive’ Power of the Black Church

by Jamilah King on October 10 2014, 11:00AM

The Sundance award-winner describes his approach to filmmaking and his new, experimental work.

Topics: Arts & Culture

'What Was America's First Music?'

‘What Was America’s First Music?’

by Aura Bogado on October 9 2014, 3:18PM

Sterlin Harjo’s ‘This May be the Last Time’ searches for the origins of early American songs.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Raven-Symoné: 'I'm an American, I'm not an African-American'

Raven-Symoné: ‘I’m an American, I’m not an African-American’

by Aura Bogado on October 6 2014, 10:31AM

She also doesn’t ‘want to be labeled gay.’

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Facing Race Spotlight: Queer Burlesque Dancer Ms. Cherry Galette Play

Facing Race Spotlight: Queer Burlesque Dancer Ms. Cherry Galette

by Jamilah King on October 1 2014, 7:00AM

Meet the co-founder of Mangos With Chili, a queer and trans people of color performance troupe based in the Bay Area.

Topics: Arts & Culture

The Daily Show Airs 'Tense' Segment on Washington Team Name [VIDEO]

The Daily Show Airs ‘Tense’ Segment on Washington Team Name [VIDEO]

by Aura Bogado on September 26 2014, 11:10AM

‘Aren’t you being a little sensitive?’

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Meet the 8-Year-Old Who Speaks 8 Languages

Meet the 8-Year-Old Who Speaks 8 Languages

by Aura Bogado on September 25 2014, 10:41AM

Mabou Loiseau wants to be a lawyer, a brain surgeon and a singer when she grows up.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

'Queer People Don't Have the Luxury to Stop Telling Our Stories'

‘Queer People Don’t Have the Luxury to Stop Telling Our Stories’

by Jamilah King on September 18 2014, 7:00AM

Christopher Soto, editor of the new queer poetry journal “Neptanla,” isn’t satisfied with mere visibility. He thinks the LGBT community deserves more. new journal by and for queer people of color,

Topics: Arts & Culture

Sportscaster James Brown Confronts Men on Violence Against Women

Sportscaster James Brown Confronts Men on Violence Against Women

by Aura Bogado on September 12 2014, 12:45PM

‘Our silence is deadly’

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Watch These Oakland Women Turf Battle [VIDEO]

Watch These Oakland Women Turf Battle [VIDEO]

by Aura Bogado on September 12 2014, 12:26PM

They pretty much kill it.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Black, Queer and in Vogue [PHOTOS] Photo

Black, Queer and in Vogue [PHOTOS]

by Kai Wright, Gerard Gaskin on September 11 2014, 7:00AM

Mainstream pop culture has spent decades mining the house ballroom scene of black LGBTQ communities for inspiration—without recognition, or pay.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Gender & Sexuality, Gender & Sexuality

Etsy Bans Use of Washington NFL Team Name and Logo

Etsy Bans Use of Washington NFL Team Name and Logo

by Aura Bogado on September 10 2014, 10:49AM

‘The fact remains that Native Americans themselves find the term unacceptable.’

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW