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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

Is Justin Timberlake Making Money Off of Black Music? [Reader Forum]

Is Justin Timberlake Making Money Off of Black Music? [Reader Forum]

by Nia King on March 25 2013, 6:00AM

Is Justin Timberlake appropriating black music, or just appreciating it? Colorlines.com readers sound off.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Bruno Mars Explains Why He Dropped His Puerto Rican Father's Surname

Bruno Mars Explains Why He Dropped His Puerto Rican Father’s Surname

by Jorge Rivas on March 22 2013, 11:57AM

Bruno Mars was born Peter Gene Hernandez on October 8, 1985, in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

The Trouble With Justin Timberlake's Appropriation of Black Music

The Trouble With Justin Timberlake’s Appropriation of Black Music

by Jamilah King on March 22 2013, 9:24AM

He’s a talented singer and actor who has rightfully earned his place among modern pop music legends. So why can’t some of us listen to Justin Timberlake in peace?

Topics: Arts & Culture, Justin Timberlake

FOX Developing OJ Simpson Drama

FOX Developing OJ Simpson Drama

by Jorge Rivas on March 21 2013, 12:25PM

Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson will adapt Jeffrey Toobin’s book “The People v. O.J. Simpson.”

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Meet Bryant Johnson, Justice Ginsburg's Personal Trainer

Meet Bryant Johnson, Justice Ginsburg’s Personal Trainer

by Jorge Rivas on March 21 2013, 11:14AM

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 80, survived two cancer diagnoses during her 20 years on the high court, and now hits the gym twice a week with her personal trainer to stay in shape.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Will Black Magazines Ever Share Their Covers With White Women?

Will Black Magazines Ever Share Their Covers With White Women?

by Jorge Rivas on March 20 2013, 11:12AM

On Monday actress Jada Pinkett Smith posted a mock-up issue of Essence Magazine with Charlize Theron on the cover to spark a conversation with her Facebook followers.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Welcome Jay Smooth to the Colorlines.com Team!

Welcome Jay Smooth to the Colorlines.com Team!

by Jorge Rivas on March 19 2013, 6:14PM

Colorlines.com is excited to announce that Jay Smooth is the newest addition to our crew.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

5 (Fun) Things You Should Know About March Madness Right Now

5 (Fun) Things You Should Know About March Madness Right Now

by Jamilah King on March 19 2013, 11:15AM

Sure, there are plenty of things to critique about the institution and politics of college basketball. But that doesn’t mean March Madness isn’t exciting to watch. Here, some fun, slightly random facts about this year’s tournament, which starts today.

Topics: Arts & Culture, March Madness

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