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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

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

The Hip-Hop Hustle, Then and Now [VIDEO] Play

The Hip-Hop Hustle, Then and Now [VIDEO]

by Jay Smooth on September 10 2014, 7:00AM

Jay Smooth talks with the pioneering artists who first sold mix tapes on the streets of New York City, and with a young crew that’s trying to recreate that success today.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Arts & Culture

5 Racial Justice Issues You Can't Ignore This NFL Season

5 Racial Justice Issues You Can’t Ignore This NFL Season

by Jamilah King on September 4 2014, 2:00PM

Get ready for another wild ride this season. But not in the ways you might expect.

Topics: Arts & Culture

10 Incredible Plays from the WNBA's Shoni Shimmel

10 Incredible Plays from the WNBA’s Shoni Shimmel

by Aura Bogado on September 3 2014, 12:00PM

Taking rezball to a whole new level

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

8 Books That Shaped 'A Cup of Water Under My Bed' Author Daisy Hernández

8 Books That Shaped ‘A Cup of Water Under My Bed’ Author Daisy Hernández

by Julianne Hing on August 29 2014, 7:08AM

The author shares the books, including unexpected picks, that have inspired her.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Cartoonists Who Paint a New Picture of Racial Justice

Cartoonists Who Paint a New Picture of Racial Justice

by Jamilah King on August 11 2014, 7:00AM

America’s getting browner. Its comic books are, too.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Weekend Read: Why Do So Many People Claim Native Heritage?

Weekend Read: Why Do So Many People Claim Native Heritage?

by Carla Murphy on August 8 2014, 12:01PM

Wannabe Nation gets the literary treatment from Oklahoman Russell Cobb

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Will the James Brown Biopic Truly Capture the Godfather of Soul?

Will the James Brown Biopic Truly Capture the Godfather of Soul?

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

The new James Brown film is one of a handful that revisit the legacies of pioneering African-American musicians. But will their political legacies be sanitized in the process?

Topics: Arts & Culture

Arthur Chu: Faking a Chinese Accent Is a Fraught Task

Arthur Chu: Faking a Chinese Accent Is a Fraught Task

by Julianne Hing on July 31 2014, 4:27PM

What’s it like to be an actor and second-generation Chinese-American—and put on an accent for work?

Topics: Arts & Culture, Media, /NOW

M.C. Raka Dun Talks Hip-Hop and Immigration

M.C. Raka Dun Talks Hip-Hop and Immigration

by Jamilah King on July 28 2014, 7:00AM

Raka Dun, one half of the Panamanian-American hip-hop duo Los Rakas, shares his story of being undocumented.

Topics: Arts & Culture