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Fans Are “So Appalled” by Kanye Headlining Glastonbury Festival

by Qimmah Saafir on March 20 2015, 12:43PM

Some 60,000 people say no to a Yeezus performing at the massive festival in London because of his rudeness.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Ruth Negga Snags Leading Role in Comic Book Drama

Ruth Negga Snags Leading Role in Comic Book Drama

by Qimmah Saafir on March 20 2015, 12:10PM

Ruth Negga will star in AMC’s “Preacher” in a role originally written for a southern white woman.

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Tituss Burgess of “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” Calls Racism Accusations Outrageous

by Qimmah Saafir on March 20 2015, 12:05PM

Black star of “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” says people are judging the show too soon.

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Kendrick's Only Competition is Himself

Kendrick’s Only Competition is Himself

by Qimmah Saafir on March 19 2015, 5:52PM

Kendrick Lamar, who broke Drake’s and then his own Spotify record, is on track to get his first No. 1 album on Billboard’s major pop chart.

Topics: Arts & Culture

T.I. is the Gaye Family's Next Target in 'Blurred Lines' Case

T.I. is the Gaye Family’s Next Target in ‘Blurred Lines’ Case

by Qimmah Saafir on March 19 2015, 4:12PM

Marvin Gaye’s family seeks to hold T.I. just as accountable as Pharrell and Robin Thicke.

Topics: Arts & Culture

She Fights Child Sex Trafficking With Film

She Fights Child Sex Trafficking With Film

by Qimmah Saafir on March 18 2015, 2:38PM

Nineteen-year-old activist Rebecca Darmapalan is raising funds to turn her short documentary about child sex trafficking into a feature film.

Topics: Arts & Culture

ICYMI: Common (Non)sense

ICYMI: Common (Non)sense

by Qimmah Saafir on March 18 2015, 2:00PM

Twitter rips Common’s fix for white racism in America.

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Azealia Banks' Pride and Prejudice

Azealia Banks’ Pride and Prejudice

by Qimmah Saafir on March 18 2015, 10:30AM

Azealia talks to Playboy about race, reparations, talking proper—and using slurs.

Topics: Arts & Culture

K-Dot Moves Space and Time to Talk to 2Pac

K-Dot Moves Space and Time to Talk to 2Pac

by Aura Bogado on March 17 2015, 5:15PM

“We just letting our dead homies tell stories for us.”

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

David Oyelowo Will Play a Villain in Upcoming Thriller

David Oyelowo Will Play a Villain in Upcoming Thriller

by Qimmah Saafir on March 17 2015, 2:45PM

The star who played Dr. King in “Selma” is going to be a really bad guy.

Topics: Arts & Culture

White Conservative Ben Ferguson: Rappers Profit Off of the N-Word

White Conservative Ben Ferguson: Rappers Profit Off of the N-Word

by Qimmah Saafir on March 17 2015, 2:38PM

During a Don Lemon panel discussion, Ferguson, a conservative radio host, tells Trinidad James he’s only on the show because he uses the n-word in his music.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Media Analysis

Shonda Rhimes Says Writing Saved Her Life

Shonda Rhimes Says Writing Saved Her Life

by Qimmah Saafir on March 17 2015, 2:30PM

While accepting an LGBTQ organization’s award, Rhimes reveals how she dreamed up Shondaland—“a safe space”—as a little girl.

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Benjamin Booker's Time Traveling New Video

Benjamin Booker’s Time Traveling New Video

by Aura Bogado on March 16 2015, 4:42PM

It’s blues. It’s punk. And it’ll stay with you.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

The Silencing of a Radio Legend

The Silencing of a Radio Legend

by José Vadi on March 13 2015, 11:20AM

The corporate giant iHeart Radio has pushed “The Art Laboe Connection,” a classic oldies-but-goodies show, out of L.A. Here’s one Latino writer’s love letter to the show and the DJ he was raised on.

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'Fresh Off The Boat': Eddie and His Chinese-Jewish Rival

‘Fresh Off The Boat’: Eddie and His Chinese-Jewish Rival

by Julianne Hing on March 11 2015, 3:42PM

It’s going to take more than shared Chinese heritage to make Eddie and Phillip become friends.

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'Off the Menu' Goes Inside Asian-American Kitchens

‘Off the Menu’ Goes Inside Asian-American Kitchens

by Julianne Hing on March 9 2015, 7:00AM

A new documentary explores Asian-American culture via its many diverse communities’ food traditions.

Topics: Arts & Culture, How We Eat

'Fresh Off the Boat': Eddie's School Bus Travails

‘Fresh Off the Boat’: Eddie’s School Bus Travails

by Julianne Hing on March 4 2015, 5:13PM

A middle schooler’s valiant attempts to woo a crush.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

'Fresh Off the Boat': A Sweet Father-Son Fiction

‘Fresh Off the Boat’: A Sweet Father-Son Fiction

by Julianne Hing on February 25 2015, 2:52PM

Everyone learns something in Tuesday night’s episode.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Does PBS Still Care About Indie Films by and About People of Color?

Does PBS Still Care About Indie Films by and About People of Color?

by Carla Murphy on February 25 2015, 10:13AM

The PBS shows “POV” and “Independent Lens” are major outlets documentary filmmakers of color. Now they worry that scheduling changes at its biggest station will push their work to the sidelines.

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The Art of Masculinity

The Art of Masculinity

by Jamilah King on February 24 2015, 9:35AM

In two new shows, the artists Kehinde Wiley and Alex Donis lift up—and sometimes subvert—ideas of black and brown manhood.

Topics: Arts & Culture