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From Sandy to SoHo: Teen Artists Paint New York City's Recovery

From Sandy to SoHo: Teen Artists Paint New York City’s Recovery

by Jamilah King on August 5 2013, 7:00AM

Young artists from neighborhoods devastated by New York City’s worst natural disaster want to tell their stories.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Schools & Youth

Celebrate James Baldwin's Birthday With Powerful Words

Celebrate James Baldwin’s Birthday With Powerful Words

by Akiba Solomon on August 2 2013, 1:16PM

The prolific writer and activist would have been 89 today.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Why 'Orange Is the New Black' Is So Addictive

Why ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Is So Addictive

by Von Diaz on August 2 2013, 7:15AM

The Netflix series sets the bar for a new kind of dramedy that carefully addresses gender, sexuality, and white privilege.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Gender & Sexuality, Media

Eagles Receiver Riley Cooper Apologizes for Using the N-Word

Eagles Receiver Riley Cooper Apologizes for Using the N-Word

by Von Diaz on August 1 2013, 11:43AM

Riley Cooper gave what seemed like a heartfelt apology at a press conference today for using the N-word at a Kenny Chesney concert in June. In a video that surfaced yesterday, Cooper is caught on tape saying, “I will jump…

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

NPR Digs Into Jay Z's Beef With Harry Belafonte

NPR Digs Into Jay Z’s Beef With Harry Belafonte

by Jamilah King on July 31 2013, 1:25PM

There’s nothing inherently wrong with Jay-Z’s brand of getting involved. But it’s not activism or social responsibility. It’s self-interest.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Here's What You Probably Didn't Know About 'Orange is the New Black'

Here’s What You Probably Didn’t Know About ‘Orange is the New Black’

by Jamilah King on July 31 2013, 10:03AM

Five things to know about this summer’s most talked about new series.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

'Asian Girlz' Is Quite Possibly the Worst Video on the Internet Right Now

‘Asian Girlz’ Is Quite Possibly the Worst Video on the Internet Right Now

by Jamilah King on July 31 2013, 8:45AM

But it’s a good lesson in how the impact of someone’s words or actions carry more weight than their intention.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Summer Reads: Radical Immigrants, Tiger Babies and Bruce Lee!

Summer Reads: Radical Immigrants, Tiger Babies and Bruce Lee!

by Julianne Hing on July 31 2013, 7:00AM

The second in our series of must-read recommendations from independent booksellers. This week: Eastwind Books of Berkeley, Calif.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Summer Reading

Here's Spike Lee's List of 6 Essential Films Streaming on Netflix

Here’s Spike Lee’s List of 6 Essential Films Streaming on Netflix

by Jamilah King on July 30 2013, 12:00PM

Need something to watch this summer? Here’s a good place to start.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

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