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On His Birthday, Watch MLK's  'Black is Beautiful' Speech

On His Birthday, Watch MLK’s ‘Black is Beautiful’ Speech

by Jorge Rivas on January 15 2013, 1:53PM

MLK said freedom and self-respect are never given, but must be unapologetically taken.

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Oxygen Reportedly Cancels New Show 'All My Babies' Mamas'

Oxygen Reportedly Cancels New Show ‘All My Babies’ Mamas’

by Jorge Rivas on January 15 2013, 11:11AM

Oxygen is expected to announce that All My Babies’ Mamas won’t ever see the light of day.

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Keith Josef Adkins Is Making His Own Black Sci-Fi (and You Should Too)

Keith Josef Adkins Is Making His Own Black Sci-Fi (and You Should Too)

by Channing Kennedy on January 15 2013, 9:08AM

TV writer Keith Josef Adkins was told by the studios that black people don’t do sci-fi. So he’s funding his own webseries, “The Abandon,” to prove them wrong.

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Documentary About 15-Year Old Homeless, Undocumented Immigrant Gets Oscar Nod

Documentary About 15-Year Old Homeless, Undocumented Immigrant Gets Oscar Nod

by Jorge Rivas on January 14 2013, 3:45PM

You can watch the short-documentary nominated for an Oscar online.

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Favianna Rodriguez Talks Art and Activism on Pharrell's YouTube Channel

Favianna Rodriguez Talks Art and Activism on Pharrell’s YouTube Channel

by Jorge Rivas on January 14 2013, 2:17PM

Immigrant rights activist Favianna Rodriguez talks social change through art.

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Colin Powell on GOP: 'They Sort of Look Down on Minorities'

Colin Powell on GOP: ‘They Sort of Look Down on Minorities’

by Jorge Rivas on January 14 2013, 1:00PM

“The Republican party needs to take a very hard look at itself and understand that the country has changed,” Powell said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

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Justice Sotomayor to Become First Latina to Administer Oath of Office

Justice Sotomayor to Become First Latina to Administer Oath of Office

by Jorge Rivas on January 14 2013, 12:36PM

Another first for Latinos at the inauguration.

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Quentin Tarantino Drops N-Word Less Than a Minute into Press Conference

Quentin Tarantino Drops N-Word Less Than a Minute into Press Conference

by Jorge Rivas on January 14 2013, 11:49AM

Less than a minute in to the director’s press conference backstage he had already dropped the N-word. Tarantino was answering a question about the use of the N-word in his film.

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Are Films About Slavery Obligated To Tell The Truth? [Reader Forum]

Are Films About Slavery Obligated To Tell The Truth? [Reader Forum]

by Nia King on January 14 2013, 9:40AM

Colorlines readers debate the value of ‘Django Unchained’ and share non-fiction resources regarding slavery.

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Obama to Use Lincoln's and Martin Luther King's Bibles for Swearing-in

Obama to Use Lincoln’s and Martin Luther King’s Bibles for Swearing-in

by Jorge Rivas on January 11 2013, 4:00PM

Though there is no constitutional requirement for the use of a Bible during the swearing-in, Presidents have traditionally used Bibles for the ceremony.

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Photo: Mary J. Blige and Angela Bassett as Coretta Scott King and Betty Shabazz

Photo: Mary J. Blige and Angela Bassett as Coretta Scott King and Betty Shabazz

by Jorge Rivas on January 11 2013, 12:56PM

Yesterday Lifetime released an image of Angela Bassett and Mary J. Blige in the upcoming “Betty & Coretta”.

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DC Mayor Says Redskins Football Team Must Consider a Name Change to Return to Town

DC Mayor Says Redskins Football Team Must Consider a Name Change to Return to Town

by Jorge Rivas on January 11 2013, 12:34PM

The Redkins played in D.C. from 1937 to ‘97 when they moved to Landover, Md.

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Series of Brooklyn Billboards Put Racial Inequity on Display

Series of Brooklyn Billboards Put Racial Inequity on Display

by Jamilah King on January 11 2013, 9:24AM

A series of anonymous billboards have popped up on bus shelters in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn. They’re not selling anything but a delcaration: that racism still exists.

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Seven (Yes, 7!) Slave-Themed Films Coming in 2013

by Jorge Rivas on January 10 2013, 3:54PM

2013 is going to be the year of the slave-theme movies.

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Oscar Disaster: 'Django' Costume Designer Revealed in Glitch Didn't Get a Nomination

Oscar Disaster: ‘Django’ Costume Designer Revealed in Glitch Didn’t Get a Nomination

by Jorge Rivas on January 10 2013, 11:01AM

It’s an Oscar disaster and a heartbreaking story.

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Denzel and Quvenzhané Are The Only Actors of Color Nominated for Oscars

Denzel and Quvenzhané Are The Only Actors of Color Nominated for Oscars

by Jorge Rivas on January 10 2013, 9:40AM

Only two actors of color made the cut for Oscar nominations.

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Quvenzhané Wallis Is Youngest to Get Oscar Nod for 'Best Actress'

Quvenzhané Wallis Is Youngest to Get Oscar Nod for ‘Best Actress’

by Jorge Rivas on January 10 2013, 9:12AM

Wallis is the youngest best actress nominee in the history of the Academy Awards.

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Megdar Evers' Widow to Deliver Convocation at Inauguration

Megdar Evers’ Widow to Deliver Convocation at Inauguration

by Jorge Rivas on January 9 2013, 3:01PM

Myrlie Evers-Williams will become the first woman, and someone other than clergy, to say the prayer that precedes the ceremonial oath of office.

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'Cotton Club Parade' Moves to Broadway

‘Cotton Club Parade’ Moves to Broadway

by Jorge Rivas on January 9 2013, 1:55PM

Cotton Club Parade is a celebration of Duke Ellington’s years at the famed Harlem nightclub in the 1920s.

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Tyler Perry Tops Razzie Nominations For Worst Achievement in Film

Tyler Perry Tops Razzie Nominations For Worst Achievement in Film

by Jorge Rivas on January 9 2013, 12:33PM

The Razzies committee announced this years nominations for worst achievements in film for the past year.

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