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Today’s Love: Friends Who Make Dying Wishes Come True [Video]

The video above is full of life and love. It captures two friends making each other’s dreams come true.

First read the letter below and then watch the video above (warning: this high school teen loves him some badwords.)

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UVA Students Want You to Know Their Hunger Strike Fight is Real

UVA Students Want You to Know Their Hunger Strike Fight is Real

The University of Virginia (UVA) hunger strike for a living wage entered its 11th day today with twenty students continuing to fast for a living wage for all University employees. Strikers say the majority of workers at the university are women and black.

After years of dialogue with administration, marches, rallies, petitions, and public resolutions, the Living Wage Campaign of UVA began a Hunger Strike on Feb. 18th to urge the university to enact a living wage policy. Organizers are asking school administrators to pay their employees enough to meet the basic cost of living in Charlottesville.

Latinos with Bachelor Degrees Increased by 80% in Last Decade, But Achievement Gap Persists

In March 2011, for the first time ever, more than 30 percent of U.S. adults 25 and older had at least a bachelor’s degree, the U.S. Census Bureau reported last week. From 2001 to 2011, the number of Latinos with a bachelor’s degree or higher education increased 80 percent from 2.1 million to 3.8 million—but there’s still an achievement gap.

Lead in ‘2 Broke Girls,’ Sitcom Accused of Being Anti-Asian, Makes Out with Asian Dude [Video]

Lead in '2 Broke Girls,' Sitcom Accused of Being Anti-Asian, Makes Out with Asian Dude [Video]

CBS’s Monday night sitcom “Two Broke Girls” has received a lot criticism for an Asian character that goes by Hans on the show because his role is loosely based on stereotypes.

The writers of the show may have finally gotten wind of the criticism because on last night’s show one of the lead characters made out with a tall, hunky, Asian web developer with a perfect English accent—the complete opposite of Hans.

Junot Díaz to Publish New Book One Month Ahead of Keynote at Facing Race

junot_diaz2.jpgJunot Díaz, the Dominican-American, Pulitzer Prize winning Fiction author is releasing a new collection of short stories in September. Díaz’s book titled “This Is How You Lose Her,” is scheduled for a Sept. 11 release.

About a month after his book is released, Díaz will the keynote speaker at Facing Race, the largest national, multi-racial gathering of leaders, educators, journalists, and activists on racial justice. Facing Race is organized by the Applied Research Center, Colorlines.com’s publisher. The conference will take place in Baltimore, MD., November 15-17 2012.

DREAMers Sentenced for Protesting Alabama’s Anti-Immigrant HB 56

DREAMers Sentenced for Protesting Alabama's Anti-Immigrant HB 56

Ten undocumented immigrants who were arrested last November for taking part in a civil disobedience action in Alabama to protest the state’s anti-immigrant state law, HB 56, were sentenced yesterday. They pleaded guilty to third-degree disorderly conduct charges, and received suspended five-day jail sentences were fined $50 each and $217 in court costs.

For undocumented immigrant youth activists, engaging in civil disobedience to demand the DREAM Act or to raise awareness about anti-immigrant laws—and then getting arrested for it—is something of a rite of passage. DREAMers get arrested all the time. Their parents, however, are less likely to take part in such bold actions. That is, until Alabama’s HB 56 came along.

The restrictive anti-immigrant law was modeled on Arizona’s SB 1070; HB 56 allowed police officers to stop and question anyone they believed might be undocumented. But Alabama went several steps further, by demanding that schools track the immigration statuses of their students and criminalizing nearly every aspect of daily life for immigrants.

AP Reports White House Helped Fund NYPD Muslim Spying Programs

AP Reports White House Helped Fund NYPD Muslim Spying Programs

The Associated Press reported Monday that White House grants were used to pay for cars that plainclothes NYPD officers used to conduct surveillance on Muslim neighborhoods and paid for computers that stored even innocuous information about Muslim college students, mosque sermons and social events.

“The news that the federal government is funding New York City’s program to surveil Muslims in the Northeastern United States is not particularly surprising,” said Seth Freed Wessler, Colorlines.com’s investigation reporter.

“It’s been clear that the NYPD draws on federal dollars for its vast domestic anti-terrorism program. It is notable that the funds used for to map and spy on Muslims in New York and surrounding states came directly from the White House and from a drug enforcement program that lacks oversight and accountability. The federal drug war program is being used by the NYPD to expand its reach and power in Muslim communities across the region,” Wessler went on to say.

The Obama administration said Monday it has no control over how the New York Police Department spends millions of dollars in White House grants.

ABC Announces One of ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Most Diverse Casts: ‘Steve Urkel,’ Sherri Shepherd and William Levy

ABC Announces One of 'Dancing With The Stars' Most Diverse Casts: 'Steve Urkel,' Sherri Shepherd and William Levy

On Tuesday morning ABC announced the upcoming cast of contestants on “Dancing with the Stars”— 6 of the 12 celebrities are people of color.

This upcoming season’s “stars” of color include:


Felipe Montes’ Fight to Reunite His Shattered Family on Al Jazeera [Video]


More than 20,000 people have signed a petition to reunite Felipe Montes and his children. Al Jazeera broadcasted his story last week.

Angela Davis Calls DREAM Act One of Today’s ‘Most Important’ Fights

Angela Davis Calls DREAM Act  One of Today's 'Most Important' Fights

Activist, scholar, and author Angela Davis says she is “absolutely” a “supporter of the DREAM Act.

In an interview uploaded three days ago to SoundCould by Derek Washington, Chairman of Stonewall Democrats of S. Nevada, Davis explains why she believes the African-American community has a historical “responsibility” to support the DREAM Act.

“It’s important because it represents one of the most important arenas in the ongoing struggle for civil rights in this country and particularly for those of us who have a history of struggling for civil rights—I’m speaking very specifically about the African-American community—it is our responsibility to support,” Davis said in the interview.

“The DREAM Act is not something we should be struggling about, it should have been taken for granted but it wasn’t so therefore we have to all come together in support of the right of young people to get an education in this country,” Davis went on to say.

We Love NASA Scientist QuynhGiao Nguyen’s Immigrant Survival Story

We Love NASA Scientist QuynhGiao Nguyen's Immigrant Survival Story

Via the excellent Women@NASA series comes this profile of materials scientist QuynhGiao Nguyen. Nguyen’s story is pretty remarkable. While it’s well-documented that women are pushed away from science from the toy aisle onward, Nguyen faced additional barriers — not just as a woman of color, but as an immigrant kid who arrived in an American public school at the age of 7, speaking no English.

“Lakewood Public School System was a huge influence in my life,” says Nguyen in the video. “They really nurtured me and they spent the time in my reading and my writing and my pronunciation skills.”

“I had just as many challenges as any typical American kid would have, and maybe a little bit more. I was sometimes bullied. I was sometimes pushed around. I was told to go back to my own country or people would make fun of my name. I wanted to change my name to Lisa Smith for the longest time. And it wasn’t until I became a US citizen at age eighteen — I had the legal right to change my name at that point in time, and I decided, ‘You know, I’m okay with being QuynhGiao Nguyen. It’s okay.’”

A year later at age 19, Nguyen was offered her first position at NASA as a research intern, and the rest is history (and a lot of hard work). Her passion for her work is infectious, and it’s quite the argument for comprehensive multilingual education in public schools — and for ensuring that women of color have the support they need to counter bias and succeed on their own terms.

Thanks to NASA for understanding the power of immigrant women of color as role models, and thanks to the SPACE SHARES Tumblr for bringing this video to our attention!


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New York’s Mostly Black and Latino Stop-and-Frisk Victims Speak Out

Natalie Portman Used the Term ‘Undocumented’ to Introduce Demián Bichir

Natalie Portman Used the Term 'Undocumented' to Introduce Demián Bichir

Natalie Portman took the stage at the 84th Annual Academy Awards on Sunday to announce the year’s Best Actor nominees. When she introduced Demián Bichir for his role in “A Better Life,” she identified his character as an “undocumented immigrant”—and not with the pejorative ‘illegal’ term.

Speaking to Bichir, Portman said, “You created so much empathy for another human being that we all left the theater looking at the world differently. As Carlos Galindo, an undocumented immigrant fighting to give his son the opportunities he never had, you made us face very true portrait of a human being no one had ever dared us to consider before.”

“It was very meaningful for Natalie Portman to say ‘undocumented immigrant’ in a room full of people that may be accustomed to hearing the i-word. Whether her own or that of the writers, it was a meaningful choice that shows progress, and it would have been impossible for her to talk about the dignity and depth in Demian Bichir’s portrayal had she used the i-word,” said Mónica L. Novoa, campaign coordinator for the Drop the I-Word Campaign.

Ben & Jerry’s Apologizes for Linsanity Fortune Cookie Ice Cream

Ben & Jerry's Apologizes for Linsanity Fortune Cookie Ice Cream

A Boston Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop has apologized for creating a “Taste the Lin-sanity” frozen yogurt flavor that included lychee honey swirls and crumbled fortune cookies.

“There seemed to be a bit of an initial backlash about it,” Ryan Midden, Ben & Jerry’s general manager for Boston and Cambridge, told Boston.com, “but we obviously weren’t looking to offend anybody and the majority of the feedback about it has been positive.”

More on Oscar for Best Documentary Short ‘Saving Face’ and Where to Watch [Trailer]


Directors Daniel Junge and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy won a Best Documentary Short Oscar for their film “Saving Face” at the 84th annual Academy Awards on Sunday. The film chronicles the arduous attempts of acid-attack survivors Zakia and Rukhsana to bring their assailants to justice, and follows the work of Dr. Mohammad Jawad, a plastic surgeon who strives to help them live a more normal life.

22k ‘Chavo Del Ocho’ Fans Meet for Flash Dance in Mexico City [Video]

An estimated 22,000 dancers gathered in Mexico City last Sunday to perform a ‘mega-choreography’ dance in honor of the man that created the Spanish-language sitcom “El Chavo del Ocho.” The sitcom follows an orphan played by the show’s creator, Roberto Gómez Bolaños, as he gets into teenage mischief with his neighbors that live in a fictional apartment building.

The first episode of “El Chavo del Ocho” premiered in Mexico on June 20, 1971 and it still syndicated in most Spanish speaking countries including the United States, giving first generation U.S. born Latinos an opportunity to connect to the TV shows their parents watched in their native countries.

Oscar Viewers Meet Aurora Guerrero’s ‘Mosquita y Mari’ During Commercial Break [Video]

Jorge Ramos Tells Sheriff Arpaio That Latinos Think He’s ‘Worst of America’

Jorge Ramos Tells Sheriff Arpaio That Latinos Think He's 'Worst of America'

Univision’s Jorge Ramos had a heated exchange with Maricopa County, Ariz. Sheriff Joe Arpaio on his show Sunday.

“Now, as you know, to many Latinos, Sheriff Arpaio, you are the face of racism and discrimination. You know that?” Ramos asked Arpaio.

“Well, I’m a pretty nice guy, having lived in Mexico City, South America, Texas and Arizona. I’ve never had any problems with a Latino. They love me,” Arpaio responded, standing in front of one of his jails.

And the Oscar for Most Racist Host Goes to Billy Crystal in Blackface?

And the Oscar for Most Racist Host Goes to Billy Crystal in Blackface?

During the opening sequence of the Oscars on Sunday night a blackface-clad Billy Crystal revived his Sammy Davis Jr. impression.

The worst part is the blackface appearance showed up at the same time Justin Bieber made a surprise cameo—perhaps the only moment during the Oscars that could attract a younger audience.

When Octavia Spencer won supporting actress for “The Help,” comedian Paul Scheer tweeted her win “shows just how far we’ve come since Billy Crystal performed in Blackface.”

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Viola Davis Walks the Oscar Red Carpet with Her Natural Hair

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Actress Viola Davis (L) and actor Julius Tennon arrive at the 84th Annual Academy Awards held at the Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

And as I predicted last week Davis is wearing Vera Wang.

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