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Gay Rapper to Macklemore: 'Gay People Don't Care About Your Video About Gay People'

Gay Rapper to Macklemore: ‘Gay People Don’t Care About Your Video About Gay People’

by Jamilah King on August 27 2013, 11:27AM

Not everyone is happy with Macklemore’s success at the VMAs.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Summer Reads: Congo Square, Jim Crow and Ida B. Wells!

Summer Reads: Congo Square, Jim Crow and Ida B. Wells!

by Julianne Hing on August 27 2013, 9:00AM

The fifth in our series of must-read recommendations from independent booksellers. This week: Community Book Center in New Orleans

Topics: Arts & Culture, Summer Reading

On Saying No to Miley Cyrus, the Habitual Twerk-Crosser

On Saying No to Miley Cyrus, the Habitual Twerk-Crosser

by Akiba Solomon on August 27 2013, 7:00AM

I dream of a world where black women dancers have enough options, wherewithal and dignity to just say no.

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

The Official 'Linsanity: The Jeremy Lin Story' Trailer is Out

The Official ‘Linsanity: The Jeremy Lin Story’ Trailer is Out

by Jamilah King on August 26 2013, 1:55PM

You’ll soon have a chance to watch this Sundance hit.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Watch Twerk Queen Big Freedia Take Over Brooklyn's AfroPunk

Watch Twerk Queen Big Freedia Take Over Brooklyn’s AfroPunk

by Jamilah King on August 26 2013, 1:44PM

It’s a twerk tutorial, so to speak.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW, Twerking

Talib Kweli: 'There Needs to be a Gay Rapper Who's Better Than Everybody'

Talib Kweli: ‘There Needs to be a Gay Rapper Who’s Better Than Everybody’

by Jamilah King on August 26 2013, 9:28AM

Let’s hear your thoughts.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Smith Family Denies Shocked Reaction at VMA's Was Directed Toward Miley Cyrus

Smith Family Denies Shocked Reaction at VMA’s Was Directed Toward Miley Cyrus

by Jamilah King on August 26 2013, 8:52AM

It’s safe to say that she stole the show.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Cycling for Change

Cycling for Change

by Jamilah King on August 26 2013, 7:00AM

With branches in Atlanta, Chicago, New York City and Oakland, the bike collective Red, Black and Green is making cycling cool for black folks.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Health

New Website Pokes Fun at Robin Thicke's Summer Sex Anthem

New Website Pokes Fun at Robin Thicke’s Summer Sex Anthem

by Jamilah King on August 23 2013, 7:53AM

Well done, Internet.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

A Perspective on Raven-Symoné's Quiet Coming Out

A Perspective on Raven-Symoné’s Quiet Coming Out

by Jamilah King on August 23 2013, 7:03AM

Is coming out still a big deal for black queer folks?

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Muslim Women Speak Out Against Lady Gaga's 'Burqa' Fetish

Muslim Women Speak Out Against Lady Gaga’s ‘Burqa’ Fetish

by Jamilah King on August 22 2013, 2:44PM

Someone has to speak up.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

J. Cole Talks About Colorism in Hip-Hop and the White House

J. Cole Talks About Colorism in Hip-Hop and the White House

by Jamilah King on August 22 2013, 12:12PM

It’s not the first time that he’s spoken publicly about race.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

The Moment Macklemore Saw His Own Merch in the Thrift Shop

The Moment Macklemore Saw His Own Merch in the Thrift Shop

by Jamilah King on August 22 2013, 10:41AM

Awkward.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Kendrick Lamar's 'good kid, m.A.A.D city' Goes Platinum

Kendrick Lamar’s ‘good kid, m.A.A.D city’ Goes Platinum

by Jamilah King on August 22 2013, 10:31AM

Good job, K. Dot.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Macklemore: 'I'm a White Guy, Parents Feel Safe'

Macklemore: ‘I’m a White Guy, Parents Feel Safe’

by Jamilah King on August 21 2013, 11:58AM

The rapper isn’t shy about addressing his white privilege.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

The Washington, D.C., Football Team Didn't Exactly Approve This Shirt

The Washington, D.C., Football Team Didn’t Exactly Approve This Shirt

by Jamilah King on August 21 2013, 11:08AM

But it’s dreadful nonetheless.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

M.I.A. Is Sick of Waiting for Her Record Label, Releases New Track

M.I.A. Is Sick of Waiting for Her Record Label, Releases New Track

by Jamilah King on August 21 2013, 10:44AM

Listen to “Unbreak My Mixtape.”

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Artist Creates 'Orange Is the New Black' Paper Dolls

Artist Creates ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Paper Dolls

by Jamilah King on August 20 2013, 4:45PM

For those who just can’t wait for the second season

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Kendrick Lamar Explains His Black Hippy Crew

Kendrick Lamar Explains His Black Hippy Crew

by Jamilah King on August 20 2013, 2:06PM

Kendrick Lamar has had a busy summer.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Meet the Lead Actors of the New Spike Lee Joint

Meet the Lead Actors of the New Spike Lee Joint

by Jamilah King on August 20 2013, 1:22PM

Lee set out to raise $1.25 million on Kickstarter and has gotten more than $1.35 million.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW