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LL Cool J and Brad Paisley's Awful New Song 'Accidental Racist'

LL Cool J and Brad Paisley’s Awful New Song ‘Accidental Racist’

by Jorge Rivas on April 8 2013, 4:00PM

LL Cool J’s winning line: “If you don’t judge my gold chains/I’ll forget the iron chains.”

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Oscar Grant Film 'Fruitvale' Now Has a July Release Date

Oscar Grant Film ‘Fruitvale’ Now Has a July Release Date

by Jorge Rivas on April 8 2013, 1:53PM

“Fruitvale,” the film based on the 2009 shooting of Oscar Grant, is set to hit theaters on July 26—three months before its originally scheduled release date.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

 Jay Smooth Discusses Roger Ebert's Legacy with MSNBC's Chris Hayes

Jay Smooth Discusses Roger Ebert’s Legacy with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes

by Jorge Rivas on April 5 2013, 11:42AM

Ill Doctrine and Colorlines.com producer Jay Smooth was a guest on “All in with Chris Hayes” on Thursday night to discuss film critic Roger Ebert’s legacy

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

L.A. Times Considering Changes in Use of 'Illegal Immigrant'

L.A. Times Considering Changes in Use of ‘Illegal Immigrant’

by Jorge Rivas on April 5 2013, 10:37AM

The L.A. Times is in a unique place because Los Angeles is home to the largest population of undocumented immigrants in the United States. But also because they received a $1-million grant to cover immigration and other interests for people of color.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Roger Ebert: Don't Tell Asian-American Directors How to Represent 'Their People'

Roger Ebert: Don’t Tell Asian-American Directors How to Represent ‘Their People’

by Channing Kennedy on April 4 2013, 5:15PM

The veteran critic was a longtime champion of film as an empowering force for self-representation.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

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