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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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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