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Obama's New Labor Nominee Gave Him a Long Thank You en Español

Obama’s New Labor Nominee Gave Him a Long Thank You en Español

by Jorge Rivas on March 18 2013, 3:06PM

Perez, 51, the son of Dominican immigrants thanked the president in Spanish and English early in his address.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Oscar Grant Film 'Fruitvale' Gets Official Release Date

Oscar Grant Film ‘Fruitvale’ Gets Official Release Date

by Jorge Rivas on March 18 2013, 1:49PM

“Fruitvale,” written and directed by first-time filmmaker Ryan Coogler will be released on October 18th. The Sundance grand jury prize for dramatic film winner depicts the final 24 hours in the life of Oscar Grant—the 22-year-old Oakland, Calif., resident…

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

A Tribe Called Red Brings Dubstep Powwows to SXSW

A Tribe Called Red Brings Dubstep Powwows to SXSW

by Jorge Rivas on March 15 2013, 5:25PM

Ottawa based Native Producer/DJ crew A Tribe Called Red will play South by Southwest on Friday and Saturday nights.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Las Cafeteras Bring Activism and (Good!) Music to SXSW [VIDEO] Play

Las Cafeteras Bring Activism and (Good!) Music to SXSW [VIDEO]

by Jorge Rivas on March 14 2013, 11:02AM

Their mission is to learn, share, and practice the beauty, culture and energy of Son Jarocho music for the purpose of building autonomous communities.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW, SXSW

SXSW: Who's Making Money From Their YouTube? Not Black People

SXSW: Who’s Making Money From Their YouTube? Not Black People

by Jorge Rivas on March 11 2013, 2:15PM

YouTube was celebrated as the great equalizer for marginalized groups in the media but the video sharing platform is not that much different than old media.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW, SXSW

Celebrate The International Woman in Your Life With the ‘Meet My Immigrant Mom’ Tumblr

by Julianne Hing on March 8 2013, 5:35PM

It’s just love.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Celebrate Love, /NOW

12 SXSW Panels, Films and Concerts That Deserve Your Attention

12 SXSW Panels, Films and Concerts That Deserve Your Attention

by Jorge Rivas on March 8 2013, 9:55AM

South by Southwest, the mega-conference for tech, film and music geeks, starts today. Colorlines.com multimedia editor and pop culture blogger Jorge Rivas shares his top picks.

Topics: Arts & Culture, SXSW

Bloomberg Businessweek’s New Name-That-Racial-Stereotype Cover

by Channing Kennedy on February 28 2013, 12:52PM

What century is it? It’s hard to tell from this mainstream financial mag’s cover illustration.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Get Ready for Downton Abbey's First Black Character

Get Ready for Downton Abbey’s First Black Character

by Jorge Rivas on February 28 2013, 11:48AM

Guess who’s coming to tea.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Academy Adds Lupe Ontiveros to 'In Memoriam' Slideshow

Academy Adds Lupe Ontiveros to ‘In Memoriam’ Slideshow

by Jorge Rivas on February 28 2013, 11:22AM

After pressure from Latino organizations the Academy adds the actress to the ‘In Memoriam’ slideshow on their website.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

NFL Teams Are Breaking Their Own Rules by Asking if Manti Te'o Is Gay

NFL Teams Are Breaking Their Own Rules by Asking if Manti Te’o Is Gay

by Jamilah King on February 28 2013, 10:30AM

Scandal surrounding the former Norte Dame star is stirring all sorts of challenges for the NFL, too, from employment bias to the definition of masculinity.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Gender & Sexuality

Lupe Ontiveros' Family Speaks Out: Oscars Snub Was a 'Glaring Omission'

Lupe Ontiveros’ Family Speaks Out: Oscars Snub Was a ‘Glaring Omission’

by Julianne Hing on February 27 2013, 12:40PM

Her Oscars’ snub was exactly the kind of erasure that Ontiveros fought against during her career.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Just One More (Authentic) Harlem Shake Video

Just One More (Authentic) Harlem Shake Video

by Jorge Rivas on February 26 2013, 11:52AM

We’re well aware you’ve seen enough Harlem Shake videos but we had to share one more. The folks at Power 105 tapped some young people to show how it really goes down….

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Oscars 'In Memoriam' Snubs Lupe Ontiveros, Twice

Oscars ‘In Memoriam’ Snubs Lupe Ontiveros, Twice

by Jorge Rivas on February 25 2013, 11:08AM

Last night’s Oscars ‘In Memoriam’ reel left out actress Lupe Ontiveros. The Mexican-American actress passed away on July 26, 2012.

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Formerly Undocumented Teen Inocente Recognized On Oscar Stage

Formerly Undocumented Teen Inocente Recognized On Oscar Stage

by Jorge Rivas on February 25 2013, 10:22AM

Watch the short documentary “Inocente” about a homeless undocumented teen on Colorlines.com

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Michelle Obama Wears Indian-American Designer Naeem Khan's Dress to Oscars

Michelle Obama Wears Indian-American Designer Naeem Khan’s Dress to Oscars

by Jorge Rivas on February 25 2013, 9:48AM

First Lady Michelle Obama made a surprise appearance via video at last night’s Academy Awards ceremony.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Does Beyoncé Need To Talk About Her Blackness? [Reader Forum]

Does Beyoncé Need To Talk About Her Blackness? [Reader Forum]

by Nia King on February 25 2013, 8:38AM

HBO’s Beyonce documentary reached 1.8 million viewers last week, but some fans were disappointed that she didn’t once mention race.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Quvenzhané Wallis Hits the Oscar Red Carpet in Style

Quvenzhané Wallis Hits the Oscar Red Carpet in Style

by Jorge Rivas on February 24 2013, 6:40PM

Wallis could become the second African-American ever to win an Oscar in the best actress in a leading role category

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Just in Time for Oscars, Street Artist Gets Hollywood to Think About Its Workers

Just in Time for Oscars, Street Artist Gets Hollywood to Think About Its Workers

by Jorge Rivas on February 24 2013, 10:51AM

Gomez’s installation includes cardboard cutouts of the Oscar statue, a housekeeper and gardener.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is Back With a Review of 'Django,' Rihanna and da Vinci's Mona Lisa

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is Back With a Review of ‘Django,’ Rihanna and da Vinci’s Mona Lisa

by Jorge Rivas on February 22 2013, 3:09PM

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: “Basically, Django Unchained is a B movie. A damn fine B movie, but still a B movie.”

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW