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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

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