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USC Frat Planned a 'Racist Rager' Until a Mexican-American Student Put Them on Blast

USC Frat Planned a ‘Racist Rager’ Until a Mexican-American Student Put Them on Blast

by Jorge Rivas on February 22 2013, 12:48PM

A Mexican-American USC student shut the party down, got the frat that was throwing the party to apologize and had the members organizing the event expelled from the fraternity.

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Why Didn't Race Come Up in Beyoncé's HBO Documentary?

Why Didn’t Race Come Up in Beyoncé’s HBO Documentary?

by Jorge Rivas on February 22 2013, 11:13AM

There was one topic Beyoncé never discussed in her documentary.

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Mad About Black History Month? Take Some #WhiteHistoryClasses

Mad About Black History Month? Take Some #WhiteHistoryClasses

by Channing Kennedy on February 21 2013, 1:59PM

Humorist Brokey McPoverty gets the internet laughing at the champions of systemic racism.

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'Grey's Anatomy' Actor Jesse Williams Offers Tips On How To Portray Slavery

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Actor Jesse Williams Offers Tips On How To Portray Slavery

by Jorge Rivas on February 20 2013, 3:54PM

Actor Jesse Williams, known for his role as Dr. Jackson Avery on the TV series “Grey’s Anatomy” just published an essay on CNN.com that juxtaposes the Quentin Tarantino films “Django Unchained” with “Inglorious Basterds,” the 2009 fantasy involving a band…

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Introducing the 2013 'Official Portrait of First Lady Michelle Obama'

Introducing the 2013 ‘Official Portrait of First Lady Michelle Obama’

by Jorge Rivas on February 20 2013, 1:00PM

This morning the White House released the First Lady’s 2013 official portrait.A poll conducted by CNN found seventy-three percent of Americans approved of the way Michelle Obama was handling her job as first lady, compared to 20% who disapproved….

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Beyoncé's HBO Doc Most Watched Since Katrina Series

Beyoncé’s HBO Doc Most Watched Since Katrina Series

by Jorge Rivas on February 20 2013, 11:47AM

Bey’s doc has become the most-watched documentary in nearly 10 years on the network.

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Harlem Residents React to 'Harlem Shake' Videos

Harlem Residents React to ‘Harlem Shake’ Videos

by Jorge Rivas on February 20 2013, 10:57AM

Actor and filmmaker Chris McGuire took his camera to Harlem to ask the community what they thought of the current ‘Harlem Shake’ video craze. McGuire recorded Harlem’s residents watching videos of folks dancing to DJ and producer Baauer’s hit song…

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5 Ways The 'Harlem Shake' Meme Is (Slightly) More Complicated Than It Seems

5 Ways The ‘Harlem Shake’ Meme Is (Slightly) More Complicated Than It Seems

by Channing Kennedy on February 19 2013, 10:43AM

The inescapable dance craze is drawing criticism from folks who say it’s just another example of cultural appropriation. That may be true, but there’s more to the story.

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Quvenzhané Wallis On The Moment She Learned About Her Oscar Nod

Quvenzhané Wallis On The Moment She Learned About Her Oscar Nod

by Jorge Rivas on February 18 2013, 1:23PM

Quvenzhané Wallis was a guest on CNN’s “Starting Point” with host Soledad O’Brien this morning. Wallis, the youngest best actress nominee in Oscar history, discussed what it was like when she found out she was nominated for her role in…

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San Francisco Jail Inmates Dance to Stop Sexual Violence [Video]

San Francisco Jail Inmates Dance to Stop Sexual Violence [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on February 18 2013, 11:49AM

A global activist movement to end violence against women and girls reached San Francisco jails last week. As part of the One Billion Rising movement a group of choreographers visited San Francisco County jails to make sure inmates were able…

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Good Lord, Herman Cain Joins Fox News Channel as Contributor

Good Lord, Herman Cain Joins Fox News Channel as Contributor

by Jorge Rivas on February 15 2013, 2:12PM

Fox News announced on Friday that it has signed former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain on as a contributor. “Cain’s impressive resume makes him a valuable addition to the Fox News and Fox Business lineup. As a political expert with…

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Pew Study Finds Blacks and Latinos Love Instagram and Twitter

Pew Study Finds Blacks and Latinos Love Instagram and Twitter

by Jorge Rivas on February 15 2013, 1:44PM

26% of black Internet users surveyed use Twitter, compared to 14% of white users.

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‘I’ve Got a Ji-Hard On for You’ and Other Delightfully Uncomfortable Muslim Valentines

by Julianne Hing on February 14 2013, 6:45PM

Simultaneously skewering Islamophobia and Valentine’s Day with sharp political humor.

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This Valentine’s Day, Dump Your Boo the Undocumented Way

by Julianne Hing on February 14 2013, 6:11PM

Dreamers Adrift has the script you’ve been meaning to write for yourself.

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Little Rock Teen Wins $75K on 'Jeopardy'

Little Rock Teen Wins $75K on ‘Jeopardy’

by Jorge Rivas on February 14 2013, 11:13AM

Cooper is a senior at Little Rock’s eStem Public High Charter School and said he hopes to go to Brown University.

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Whitney Houston's Greatest Hits Video Playlist

Whitney Houston’s Greatest Hits Video Playlist

by Jorge Rivas on February 11 2013, 4:02PM

In her 48-years with us Whitney Houston broke numerous charts and sales records. But on the one year anniversary of her death it’s important to note she also broke barriers in Hollywood. When she starred in the 1992 film “The…

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Kobe Bryant Corrects Fan for Using Anti-Gay Slur on Twitter

Kobe Bryant Corrects Fan for Using Anti-Gay Slur on Twitter

by Jorge Rivas on February 11 2013, 3:02PM

Remember when Kobe Bryant called an NBA referee an anti-gay slur in 2011? It appears that experience was a life lesson for the Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard because he is now schooling others for using anti-gay slurs. Early Monday…

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Ava DuVernay Debuts New Short Film for Miu Miu

Ava DuVernay Debuts New Short Film for Miu Miu

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

In 2012, Ava DuVernay became the first African-American woman to win the Best Director Prize at the Sundance Film Festival for her feature “Middle of Nowhere.”

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Chris Dorner Memes in Full Effect

Chris Dorner Memes in Full Effect

by Jorge Rivas on February 11 2013, 1:24PM

The LAPD manhunt for Chris Dorner has sparked some memes.

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Girls' Lena Dunham: 'I Blurted Out to My Dad, 'Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Reviewed'' My Show!

Girls’ Lena Dunham: ‘I Blurted Out to My Dad, ‘Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Reviewed” My Show!

by Jorge Rivas on February 6 2013, 2:44PM

Last week Kareem Abdul-Jabbar wrote a review of HBO’s “Girls” that was critical of the show’s characters and their privileges. The show’s creator Lena Dunham says she was excited to hear the sports legend watched her show but it ends…

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