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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

Palestinian Artist's Show Opens Without Him in New York

Palestinian Artist’s Show Opens Without Him in New York

by Aura Bogado on July 25 2014, 12:07PM

Khaled Jarrar’s ‘No Exit’ deals with the artist’s reality

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Summer Fun in the City [Photos]

Summer Fun in the City [Photos]

by Jamilah King on July 25 2014, 7:00AM

Join us as we revisit the ice cream cones, swimsuits and smiles of yesteryear.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Seattle Revival of 'The Mikado' Insists on Bringing Yellowface Back With It

Seattle Revival of ‘The Mikado’ Insists on Bringing Yellowface Back With It

by Julianne Hing on July 17 2014, 4:10PM

Sure, it’s a revival of an old operetta. But why bring yellowface back with it?

Topics: Arts & Culture, Culture, /NOW

Ana Tijoux Talks Music and Motherhood

Ana Tijoux Talks Music and Motherhood

by Jamilah King on July 14 2014, 7:00AM

The Chilean hip-hop star just released her new album “Vengo.”

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'Sleep Dealer' Has Been Re-released Digitally

‘Sleep Dealer’ Has Been Re-released Digitally

by Aura Bogado on July 7 2014, 2:43PM

Alex Rivera’s sci-fi film about drones and migrant labor is now available online.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

'This Land Is Your Land,' Las Cafeteras' Independence Day Tribute

‘This Land Is Your Land,’ Las Cafeteras’ Independence Day Tribute

by Julianne Hing on July 4 2014, 11:07AM

Plus a new line.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Queen Crescent: 'We Just Really Want to Make a Statement'

Queen Crescent: ‘We Just Really Want to Make a Statement’

by Jamilah King on July 4 2014, 7:00AM

The Oakland punk band is out to change the perception of who can rock out.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Kara Walker's Sugar Sphinx Evokes Call From Black Women: 'We Are Here.'

Kara Walker’s Sugar Sphinx Evokes Call From Black Women: ‘We Are Here.’

by Jamilah King on June 23 2014, 7:00AM

A collective led by black women wants to bring people of color into the artist’s dialogue.

Topics: Arts & Culture

D'Lo: 'I'm the Hardest Thing About My Craft'

D’Lo: ‘I’m the Hardest Thing About My Craft’

by Jamilah King on June 19 2014, 7:00AM

Culture editor Jamilah King is chatting with queer and trans artists of color throughout June about the creative mind and the path toward liberation.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Futbolistas 4 Life Follows Youth Bringing a Soccer Field to Oakland's Fruitvale

Futbolistas 4 Life Follows Youth Bringing a Soccer Field to Oakland’s Fruitvale

by Julianne Hing on June 13 2014, 10:20AM

Youth turn to soccer, and a campaign to transform their school playground into a soccer field, as a refuge from deadly gun violence in their community.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW, Sports

DarkMatter: 'We're Proud of Our Resistance'

DarkMatter: ‘We’re Proud of Our Resistance’

by Jamilah King on June 12 2014, 7:00AM

Culture editor Jamilah King is chatting with queer and trans artists of color throughout June about the creative mind and the path toward liberation.

Topics: Arts & Culture