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HBO Picks Up Whoopi Goldberg's Documentary on Comedian Jackie 'Moms' Mabley

HBO Picks Up Whoopi Goldberg’s Documentary on Comedian Jackie ‘Moms’ Mabley

by Jorge Rivas on April 18 2013, 4:17PM

With the Tribeca Film Festival under way in New York, HBO has snapped up U.S. broadcast and home video rights to one of the selected docs.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

President Obama Says He's Not Jay-Z's Travel Agent

President Obama Says He’s Not Jay-Z’s Travel Agent

by Jorge Rivas on April 17 2013, 11:54AM

We’ve got better things to do,” Obama said.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Meet Skylar Diggins, the WNBA Draft Pick With Social Media Sex Appeal

Meet Skylar Diggins, the WNBA Draft Pick With Social Media Sex Appeal

by Jamilah King on April 17 2013, 6:00AM

Skylar Diggins, the Notre Dame point guard just added to the WNBA’s Tulsa Shock, is one of the most talented ballers in the country. In the age of Twitter, will a focus on her appearance become a dangerous distraction?

Topics: Arts & Culture, Gender & Sexuality

Watch Maria Tallchief, Barrier-Breaking Prima Ballerina, Perform 'Firebird'

Watch Maria Tallchief, Barrier-Breaking Prima Ballerina, Perform ‘Firebird’

by Channing Kennedy on April 16 2013, 1:27PM

The New York City Ballet’s first Native American prima ballerina passed away on Thursday at age 88.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Gene Demby at NPR’s ‘Code Switch’: As Our Demographics Change, Will Our Stories Follow?

by Channing Kennedy on April 16 2013, 9:05AM

NPR’s new race-and-ethnicity team makes its debut with real talk about race, language, and the ways our kids will power their identities.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Solange Knowles and The XX Cover Aaliyah's 'Hot Like Fire' at Coachella

Solange Knowles and The XX Cover Aaliyah’s ‘Hot Like Fire’ at Coachella

by Jorge Rivas on April 15 2013, 1:14PM

There were a few unlikely pairings at the Coachella music festival this past weekend.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

'Stop Telling Women to Smile' Exhibit Opens in Brooklyn

‘Stop Telling Women to Smile’ Exhibit Opens in Brooklyn

by Jorge Rivas on April 12 2013, 10:43AM

The work is designed to be placed on the street to add the presence of strong women in that environment to combat street harassment.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Who Was the Real Jackie Robinson?

Who Was the Real Jackie Robinson?

by Jamilah King on April 12 2013, 6:00AM

“42,” the Hollywood film about Jackie Robinson’s first year in the racially segregated major leagues, comes out today. Inside the racial politics and legacy of the baseball trailblazer.

Topics: Arts & Culture, History, Jackie Robinson

Louis CK Talks in Depth About Being a Mexican Immigrant

Louis CK Talks in Depth About Being a Mexican Immigrant

by Jorge Rivas on April 11 2013, 11:23AM

Louis CK still holds his Mexican citizenship.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Rand Paul's Remarks at Howard and the Skeptical Audience's Tweets

Rand Paul’s Remarks at Howard and the Skeptical Audience’s Tweets

by Jorge Rivas on April 10 2013, 12:12PM

The GOP outreach for black voters saga continues. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) delivered a speech at Howard University on Wednesday, with a talk that his office said was supposed to focus on “the importance of outreach to younger voters, as…

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Sources: Beyoncé, Jay-Z's Cuba Visit Had US Treasury Department OK

Sources: Beyoncé, Jay-Z’s Cuba Visit Had US Treasury Department OK

by Jorge Rivas on April 9 2013, 1:38PM

Beyoncé and Jay Z visited Havana last week on a cultural trip that was fully licensed by the United States Treasury Department, according to a source familiar with the trip.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Fox News Uses 'Undocumented' Instead of its Usual 'Illegal'

Fox News Uses ‘Undocumented’ Instead of its Usual ‘Illegal’

by Jorge Rivas on April 9 2013, 1:25PM

The story is categorized in the “illegal immigrants” section but the story itself never uses the i-word.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Urban Radio Ads Ask African-Americans to Support Immigration

Urban Radio Ads Ask African-Americans to Support Immigration

by Jorge Rivas on April 9 2013, 9:50AM

The 60-second ad aimed at African-Americans is airing on urban radio stations across the country.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

6 Native American Basketball Facts, Inspired by Louisville's Star Sisters

6 Native American Basketball Facts, Inspired by Louisville’s Star Sisters

by Jamilah King, Jorge Rivas on April 9 2013, 7:30AM

Basketball is an important part of life Native American communities. And nothing shows that better than the ascendence of Louisville’s Shoni and Jude Schimmel.

Topics: Arts & Culture, March Madness

LL Cool J and Brad Paisley's Awful New Song 'Accidental Racist'

LL Cool J and Brad Paisley’s Awful New Song ‘Accidental Racist’

by Jorge Rivas on April 8 2013, 4:00PM

LL Cool J’s winning line: “If you don’t judge my gold chains/I’ll forget the iron chains.”

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Oscar Grant Film 'Fruitvale' Now Has a July Release Date

Oscar Grant Film ‘Fruitvale’ Now Has a July Release Date

by Jorge Rivas on April 8 2013, 1:53PM

“Fruitvale,” the film based on the 2009 shooting of Oscar Grant, is set to hit theaters on July 26—three months before its originally scheduled release date.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

 Jay Smooth Discusses Roger Ebert's Legacy with MSNBC's Chris Hayes

Jay Smooth Discusses Roger Ebert’s Legacy with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes

by Jorge Rivas on April 5 2013, 11:42AM

Ill Doctrine and Colorlines.com producer Jay Smooth was a guest on “All in with Chris Hayes” on Thursday night to discuss film critic Roger Ebert’s legacy

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

L.A. Times Considering Changes in Use of 'Illegal Immigrant'

L.A. Times Considering Changes in Use of ‘Illegal Immigrant’

by Jorge Rivas on April 5 2013, 10:37AM

The L.A. Times is in a unique place because Los Angeles is home to the largest population of undocumented immigrants in the United States. But also because they received a $1-million grant to cover immigration and other interests for people of color.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Roger Ebert: Don't Tell Asian-American Directors How to Represent 'Their People'

Roger Ebert: Don’t Tell Asian-American Directors How to Represent ‘Their People’

by Channing Kennedy on April 4 2013, 5:15PM

The veteran critic was a longtime champion of film as an empowering force for self-representation.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Cocoa Butter, India.Arie and Colorism Trolling in the Music Industry

Cocoa Butter, India.Arie and Colorism Trolling in the Music Industry

by Akiba Solomon on April 4 2013, 6:00AM

R&B meets colorism meets online marketing again. It’s annoying.

Topics: Gender, Arts & Culture