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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.

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Kanye West Wants to Fill Steve Jobs' Shoes With New Creative Agency 'DONDA'

Kanye West Wants to Fill Steve Jobs’ Shoes With New Creative Agency ‘DONDA’

by Jamilah King on August 19 2013, 4:26PM

This video is reportedly West’s first “DONDA” project. It was released in 2012.

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College Freshman Hits Half Court Shot to Win Semester of Free Tuition

College Freshman Hits Half Court Shot to Win Semester of Free Tuition

by Jamilah King on August 19 2013, 1:31PM

With the skyrocketing cost of tuition, it’s no wonder that students are doing everything they can to catch a break.

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Regal Defends Police Presence at Mostly Black Screening of 'The Butler'

Regal Defends Police Presence at Mostly Black Screening of ‘The Butler’

by Jamilah King on August 19 2013, 1:26PM

Only one mostly black audience in Silver Spring, Maryland reported watching Lee Daniels The Butler under the intimidating gaze of heavily armed police officers.

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Donald Glover Releases Experimental Film Project

Donald Glover Releases Experimental Film Project

by Jamilah King on August 16 2013, 11:17AM

Look around, literally.

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Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' Crew Sues Marvin Gaye's Family

Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’ Crew Sues Marvin Gaye’s Family

by Jamilah King on August 16 2013, 11:06AM

They’re trying to protect their summer hit.

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Summer Reads: Migration, Faith and Rita Moreno!

Summer Reads: Migration, Faith and Rita Moreno!

by Julianne Hing on August 15 2013, 7:00AM

The fourth in our series of must-read recommendations from independent booksellers. This week: La Casa Azul in New York City

Topics: Arts & Culture, Summer Reading

Shabazz Palaces' Ishmael Butler Wants to Sign Imaginative Acts to Seattle Label

Shabazz Palaces’ Ishmael Butler Wants to Sign Imaginative Acts to Seattle Label

by Jamilah King on August 14 2013, 2:18PM

And so far, he’s liking the new gig.

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Kiese Laymon On Race and Writing

Kiese Laymon On Race and Writing

by Akiba Solomon on August 14 2013, 1:09PM

Jackson, Miss., native Kiese Laymon is the first-time author of not one but two books: “How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America,” an essay collection released this week, and a satirical time-travel novel, “Long Division,” which came out…

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Shonda Rhimes Does Not Think 'Scandal' is a Guilty Pleasure

Shonda Rhimes Does Not Think ‘Scandal’ is a Guilty Pleasure

by Jamilah King on August 14 2013, 9:59AM

And she explains why you shouldn’t, either.

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How Does Jenji Kohan Write About Women of Color? With a White Lead

How Does Jenji Kohan Write About Women of Color? With a White Lead

by Jamilah King on August 14 2013, 9:49AM

The writer opened up about her success with “Orange is the New Black” on NPR.

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Lifetime Says 'Devious Maids' Is a Hit, Renews Second Season

Lifetime Says ‘Devious Maids’ Is a Hit, Renews Second Season

by Jamilah King on August 14 2013, 9:19AM

Will you be watching?

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Phil Jackson (Yes, That One) Offers Kendrick Lamar Some Advice

Phil Jackson (Yes, That One) Offers Kendrick Lamar Some Advice

by Jamilah King on August 14 2013, 9:12AM

Coach knows a thing or two about working with stars at the top of their game.

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Asian and Latino Artists Weigh In On a Changing America Photo

Asian and Latino Artists Weigh In On a Changing America

by Jamilah King on August 13 2013, 7:00AM

Four artists of color featured at Washington, D.C.’s Smithsonian share their work—and their vision of what it means to be American.

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Janelle Monáe Nabs Prince, Erykah Badu, Esperanza Spaulding for New Album

Janelle Monáe Nabs Prince, Erykah Badu, Esperanza Spaulding for New Album

by Jamilah King on August 12 2013, 11:51AM

Take a look at the new 2-disc album, which is due out on September 10.

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Interscope Announces Release Date for M.I.A.'s 'Matangi'

Interscope Announces Release Date for M.I.A.’s ‘Matangi’

by Jamilah King on August 12 2013, 10:50AM

M.I.A. tweeted a teaser video for the track “Come With Me” over a year ago.

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Nas Raises $30k for Homeless Single Father With 8 Kids

Nas Raises $30k for Homeless Single Father With 8 Kids

by Jamilah King on August 9 2013, 1:08PM

The rapper recently caught wind of his story and helped raise more than $30,000 for Young and his family through Crowdtilt.

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Summer Reads: Punk Chicanas, Love, Poetry and Assata Shakur!

Summer Reads: Punk Chicanas, Love, Poetry and Assata Shakur!

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

The third in our series of must-read recommendations from independent booksellers. This week: Imix Bookstore in Los Angeles

Topics: Arts & Culture, Summer Reading

Slate Will Call the Washington NFL Team the 'Washington NFL Team'

Slate Will Call the Washington NFL Team the ‘Washington NFL Team’

by Jamilah King on August 8 2013, 10:44AM

The publication isn’t waiting around for Washington, DC’s NFL franchise to get its act together and change its racist name.

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NFL Star Marshawn Lynch Cameos in Adorable Oakland Schools Video

NFL Star Marshawn Lynch Cameos in Adorable Oakland Schools Video

by Jamilah King on August 7 2013, 4:35PM

“I’m an Oakland school kid” wants to get the message out that class can be fun.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW