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The Women's Prison Issues to Watch for in 'Orange is the New Black'

The Women’s Prison Issues to Watch for in ‘Orange is the New Black’

by Jamilah King on June 4 2014, 7:00AM

Beyond the glitz and glamor of the show’s second season are real-life issues that impact thousands of incarcerated women in the United States.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Mia McKenzie: Writing Feels Exceptional

Mia McKenzie: Writing Feels Exceptional

by Jamilah King on May 29 2014, 7:00AM

Culture editor Jamilah King is chatting with queer and trans artists of color throughout June about the creative mind and the path toward liberation.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Culture

How Marvin Gaye and Yasiin Bey Became Soul Mates Play

How Marvin Gaye and Yasiin Bey Became Soul Mates

by Jamilah King on May 23 2014, 7:00AM

Amerigo Gazaway, the man behind one of this year’s most popular hip-hop mashups, talks about the stories he wants his music to tell.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Study: Portland Drivers Show Racial Bias When Yielding to Pedestrians

Study: Portland Drivers Show Racial Bias When Yielding to Pedestrians

by Julianne Hing on May 22 2014, 12:04PM

Black test subjects had to wait 32 percent longer than white subjects to cross.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

The Overwhelming Whiteness of Black Art

The Overwhelming Whiteness of Black Art

by Jamilah King on May 21 2014, 7:00AM

More and more institutions are featuring the work of black artists. When will the audiences reflect it?

Topics: Arts & Culture, Kara Walker

In New Documentary, Men Are Out of Jail But Still Imprisoned

In New Documentary, Men Are Out of Jail But Still Imprisoned

by Carla Murphy on May 14 2014, 7:00AM

Director El Sawyer says home is just another kind of prison—and that’s the problem

Topics: Arts & Culture, Criminal Justice

8 Activists Share Political Wisdom They Got From Their Moms

8 Activists Share Political Wisdom They Got From Their Moms

by Julianne Hing on May 9 2014, 7:00AM

“Don’t tear up your own neighborhood out of anger,” “Don’t fear a strike,” and other jewels.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Jose Antonio Vargas Opens Up About 'Documented'

Jose Antonio Vargas Opens Up About ‘Documented’

by Aura Bogado on May 6 2014, 7:00AM

The journalist discusses American nationalism, Right Wing haters and his difficult relationship with his mom.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Immigration

Colorlines Exclusive: A Jay Smooth Spring Mix!

Colorlines Exclusive: A Jay Smooth Spring Mix!

by Jay Smooth on May 5 2014, 7:00AM

Shake off a wicked winter with a new spring mix by Jay Smooth.

Topics: Arts & Culture

L.A. N.A.A.C.P. Chief Resigns Over Sterling Flap

L.A. N.A.A.C.P. Chief Resigns Over Sterling Flap

by Akiba Solomon on May 2 2014, 11:24AM

The N.A.A.C.P. chief who was set to give Sterling a second lifetime achievement award leaves in disgrace.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

'Documented' Opens in Theaters

‘Documented’ Opens in Theaters

by Aura Bogado on May 2 2014, 10:37AM

Jose Antonio Vargas’s immigration film is deeply personal.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Questions About Black Masculinity? There's an App for That

Questions About Black Masculinity? There’s an App for That

by Jamilah King on May 2 2014, 7:00AM

The team behind the “Question Bridge: Black Males” exhibit has a new way for you to engage in the conversation.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Live Chat: Scholars Discuss Beauty, Black Women, Bodies--and Beyoncé

Live Chat: Scholars Discuss Beauty, Black Women, Bodies—and Beyoncé

by Julianne Hing on May 1 2014, 3:28PM

You read right.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Warpaint Guitarist Says Beyoncé Looks 'Like a Slut'

Warpaint Guitarist Says Beyoncé Looks ‘Like a Slut’

by Aura Bogado on May 1 2014, 11:40AM

Theresa Wayman also goes after Rihanna.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Inside the Art of the Civil Rights Movement

Inside the Art of the Civil Rights Movement

by Jamilah King on April 29 2014, 7:00AM

Exhibit goes beyond famous photographs to document the art work produced during those turbulent times.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Brazilian Footballer Eats Banana Thrown At Him From Stands

Brazilian Footballer Eats Banana Thrown At Him From Stands

by Carla Murphy on April 28 2014, 10:01AM

Racism in sports is not just a Clippers thing

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

HBE's 'City Living' Video is Here and it's Beautiful

HBE’s ‘City Living’ Video is Here and it’s Beautiful

by Aura Bogado on April 23 2014, 2:13PM

The eight Cohran brothers known as the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble do this video exceptionally well.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

New Documentary Celebrates 20 Years of Play

New Documentary Celebrates 20 Years of “Illmatic”

by Jamilah King on April 23 2014, 7:00AM

The two men behind a new film about Nas’ classic debut album talk about the community that made it happen.

Topics: Arts & Culture

New Orleans Filmmaker Spotlights Black Oystermen of Louisiana

New Orleans Filmmaker Spotlights Black Oystermen of Louisiana

by Brentin Mock on April 21 2014, 7:45AM

Vanishing Pearls director Nailah Jefferson restores black fishers deleted from the BP oil spill saga.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Environment

Lack of Diversity is Only a Symptom

Lack of Diversity is Only a Symptom

by Aura Bogado on April 18 2014, 4:59PM

Daniel José Older’s powerful essay calls out the publishing industry’s institutional racism.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW