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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

Michelle Obama Hosts '42' Screening With Jackie Robinson's Widow

Michelle Obama Hosts ‘42’ Screening With Jackie Robinson’s Widow

by Jorge Rivas on April 3 2013, 11:40AM

First Lady Michelle Obama hosted 80 high school and college students from across the country for a screening of “42” at the White House on Monday.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Artist You Should Know: Laura Mvula

Artist You Should Know: Laura Mvula

by Jorge Rivas on April 2 2013, 4:07PM

It’s been a good day at Colorlines.com and so it’s only appropriate we share a song with you that includes lots of bells and hand clapping. I’ll let Pop Africa introduce you to Laura Mvula: Singer and pianist Laura Mvula…

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Two Things You Should Know About Chris Brown's 'Fine China' Music Video

Two Things You Should Know About Chris Brown’s ‘Fine China’ Music Video

by Jorge Rivas on April 2 2013, 2:18PM

Chris Brown released his latest video on Monday for his song “Fine China,” off his upcoming album “X.”

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Watch Kid President Introduce Mexican-Filipino Singer Jessica Sanchez at White House

Watch Kid President Introduce Mexican-Filipino Singer Jessica Sanchez at White House

by Jorge Rivas on April 1 2013, 4:25PM

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama welcome children and their families to the South Lawn of the White House for the 2013 White House Easter Egg Roll on Monday.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Junot Díaz Schools Stephen Colbert on College-Bound Undocumented Youth

Junot Díaz Schools Stephen Colbert on College-Bound Undocumented Youth

by Jorge Rivas on March 29 2013, 10:43AM

The MacArthur Fellow discusses path to citizenship, education for undocumented immigrants and the “Superman Question.”

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Undocumented Youth Pay Tribute to the Original DREAMers [Photos] Photo

Undocumented Youth Pay Tribute to the Original DREAMers [Photos]

by Julianne Hing on March 29 2013, 6:00AM

In the fight for immigration reform, the parents of undocumented youth are regularly chastised for their immigration misdeeds. An undocumented Arizona photographer wants to change the conversation.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Immigration

To Chinua Achebe, With Love

To Chinua Achebe, With Love

by Akiba Solomon, Roopika Risam, Adeline Koh on March 26 2013, 6:00AM

In honor of the Nigerian “Things Fall Apart” author who died last week, scholar-activists Adeline Koh and Roopika Risam capture the power—and joy—of Chinua Achebe in a new comic strip.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Global Affairs