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Jay Z's Fight With Harry Belafonte

Jay Z’s Fight With Harry Belafonte

by Jamilah King on July 29 2013, 2:48PM

Hova’s confusion on the difference between capitalism and activism.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW, Politics

'American Idol' Hit With $250 Million Racial Discrimination Suit

‘American Idol’ Hit With $250 Million Racial Discrimination Suit

by Jamilah King on July 26 2013, 9:37AM

Ten black former contestants are suing.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Media, /NOW

Summer Reads! 3 Musts From an Indie Bookseller

Summer Reads! 3 Musts From an Indie Bookseller

by Julianne Hing on July 24 2013, 7:00AM

We asked independent, people-of-color owned booksellers what they’re reading this summer. In the first of our series, James Fugate of Los Angeles’ Eso Won Books shares his top picks.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Summer Reading

Will Hollywood Tell Nelson Mandela's Story Without a White Co-Pilot?

Will Hollywood Tell Nelson Mandela’s Story Without a White Co-Pilot?

by Jamilah King on July 18 2013, 11:03AM

Today’s his birthday.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

The World's First Mayan Telenovela Debuted in Mexico This Month

The World’s First Mayan Telenovela Debuted in Mexico This Month

by Jamilah King on July 10 2013, 12:50PM

But we’re not sure if that’s a good or bad thing.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

M.I.A. Asks Fans for Help With Controversial Documentary

M.I.A. Asks Fans for Help With Controversial Documentary

by Jamilah King on July 9 2013, 10:22AM

“This is what happened to a kid whose dad went off and became a terrorist.”

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Because Even a Horrific Plane Crash Can Lead to Racist Asian Jokes

Because Even a Horrific Plane Crash Can Lead to Racist Asian Jokes

by Jamilah King on July 8 2013, 9:00AM

Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crash landed over the weekend at San Francsico International Airport. Bring on the bad jokes.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

'Fruitvale Station,' a Landmark

‘Fruitvale Station,’ a Landmark

by Julianne Hing on July 8 2013, 8:48AM

A new feature film on Oscar Grant’s killing takes its name from a landmark in a community that’s lived through, and fought back against, too much police violence.

Topics: 'Fruitvale Station', Arts & Culture, Criminal Justice

Just In Case You Weren't Already Waiting for Janelle Monáe's New Album

Just In Case You Weren’t Already Waiting for Janelle Monáe’s New Album

by Jamilah King on July 5 2013, 11:48AM

Here’s the video for her latest single, “Dance Apocalyptic.” Notice that Monáe is going without her signature pompadour and bowtie. Still cute. The album hits stores on September 10, 2013….

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Add Azealia Banks and Pharrell's New 'ATM Jam' to Your Summer Playlist

Add Azealia Banks and Pharrell’s New ‘ATM Jam’ to Your Summer Playlist

by Jamilah King on July 5 2013, 11:21AM

Enjoy.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

The Good, Bad and Ugly of Marketing 'The Lone Ranger'

The Good, Bad and Ugly of Marketing ‘The Lone Ranger’

by Aura Bogado on July 3 2013, 8:45AM

The Disney blockbuster provides an opportunity for appropriation—and conversation.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Rza Talks Wu-Tang Reunion Album and Ol' Dirty Bastard Hologram

Rza Talks Wu-Tang Reunion Album and Ol’ Dirty Bastard Hologram

by Jamilah King on June 27 2013, 10:00AM

Get ready for the Wu-Tang comeback album.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Watch 11-Year-Old Cellist Prodigy Sujari Britt

Watch 11-Year-Old Cellist Prodigy Sujari Britt

by Jamilah King on June 24 2013, 11:36AM

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Paula Deen: 'Please Excuse Me for the Mistakes I've Made'

Paula Deen: ‘Please Excuse Me for the Mistakes I’ve Made’

by Jamilah King on June 21 2013, 4:20PM

Paula Deen has apologized for the racist comments she made that came to light earlier this week….

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Leave It to Twitter to Brilliantly Mock Paula Deen's Racism

Leave It to Twitter to Brilliantly Mock Paula Deen’s Racism

by Jamilah King on June 20 2013, 7:49AM

Because racism is as American as Paula Deen’s Apple Pie.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Here's What an Urban Native Thinks About Your 'Screaming Savage' Cap

Here’s What an Urban Native Thinks About Your ‘Screaming Savage’ Cap

by Aura Bogado on June 19 2013, 3:39PM

Bronx subway rider wears racist baseball cap. Oglala Lakota journalist spots him. Read what happens next.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Paula Deen Wants to Have Black Slaves at Her Southern Dinner Party

Paula Deen Wants to Have Black Slaves at Her Southern Dinner Party

by Jamilah King on June 19 2013, 9:40AM

Has she officially lost her mind? Nope. She’s just being honest.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

'Motown the Musical' Had Its Best Week Ever

‘Motown the Musical’ Had Its Best Week Ever

by Jamilah King on June 18 2013, 9:34AM

The show set a new box office record.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

We're Here, We're Queer and We Look Real Cute Photo

We’re Here, We’re Queer and We Look Real Cute

by Jamilah King on June 18 2013, 7:42AM

Five fashion designers who are putting the dandy back in gender queer.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Gender & Sexuality, LGBT Pride 2013

Meet America's Most Gangsta High School Nerd

Meet America’s Most Gangsta High School Nerd

by Jamilah King on June 17 2013, 11:49AM

Jessica Lee wins everything.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW