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Marvin Gaye's Son Says Lenny Kravitz Playing his Father is 'Shameful'

Marvin Gaye’s Son Says Lenny Kravitz Playing his Father is ‘Shameful’

by Jorge Rivas on December 3 2012, 11:35AM

Lenny Kravitz has signed up to star as the soul singer in the project, currently going under the working title of “Sexual Healing.”

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

The Kids Found Someone They Love More Than Michelle Obama: Bo

The Kids Found Someone They Love More Than Michelle Obama: Bo

by Jorge Rivas on November 30 2012, 2:01PM

Michelle Obama had a holiday event for military families and all everybody wanted to talk about was Bo.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

The Nightmare of War Finds an Outlet in Jazz, Poetry from Vets

The Nightmare of War Finds an Outlet in Jazz, Poetry from Vets

by on November 30 2012, 9:19AM

Musician Mike Ladd and jazz pianist and composer Vijay Iyer explore the emotional toll of war on veterans of color.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Global Affairs, National Security

Obama Served Romney White Turkey Chili at White House Today [Photo]

Obama Served Romney White Turkey Chili at White House Today [Photo]

by Jorge Rivas on November 29 2012, 5:18PM

Their lunch menu included white turkey chili and Southwestern grilled chicken salad.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Study Finds Negative Portrayals of Muslims Get More Media Attention

by Jorge Rivas on November 29 2012, 4:57PM

Since 9/11, negative messages about Muslims have received more media attention than positive ones, new research finds.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Is That a 'Muslim Obama' Bobblehead in Glenn Beck's 'Pee Pee' Jar?

Is That a ‘Muslim Obama’ Bobblehead in Glenn Beck’s ‘Pee Pee’ Jar?

by Jorge Rivas on November 29 2012, 3:46PM

For years now Beck has argued President Obama has “shocking ties to the radical Muslim Brotherhood” and has suggested the commander in chief may be Muslim himself.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Petition Calls Out NYT Art Critic for Racist and Sexist Framing

Petition Calls Out NYT Art Critic for Racist and Sexist Framing

by Jorge Rivas on November 28 2012, 4:39PM

A petition is demanding the New York Times “acknowledge and address” a Times art critic’s recent reviews that have compared women and black artists to white male artists, “only to find them lacking.”

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Undocumented Immigrants Rising Quickly on TIME'S 'Person of the Year' List

Undocumented Immigrants Rising Quickly on TIME’S ‘Person of the Year’ List

by Jorge Rivas on November 28 2012, 11:11AM

Undocumented immigrants are now in ninth place

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Facing Race 2012: 'Culture Trumps Politics: Or Does It?' [Video] Play

Facing Race 2012: ‘Culture Trumps Politics: Or Does It?’ [Video]

by Channing Kennedy on November 28 2012, 10:12AM

Couldn’t make it to Facing Race 2012? Watch the full 70-minute plenary session on the role art plays in powering a movement.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Facing Race 2012, Politics

Hip-Hop Legend Afrika Bambaataa Begins Lecturing at Cornell

Hip-Hop Legend Afrika Bambaataa Begins Lecturing at Cornell

by Jorge Rivas on November 27 2012, 11:59AM

Bambaataa joins a list of other Hip-hop pioneers who have recently become visiting scholars at Ivy League institutions.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Comedian Fakes 'Mexican Accent' For Entire Semester of Spanish Class

Comedian Fakes ‘Mexican Accent’ For Entire Semester of Spanish Class

by Jorge Rivas on November 26 2012, 2:39PM

Jose Barrientos began his comedy career in Baghdad Iraq, while Serving in the ARMY. He says he became a comedian after realizing he was a better clown than he was a soldier.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Jada on Willow's Hair Cut: 'Girls Have the Right to Own Themselves'

Jada on Willow’s Hair Cut: ‘Girls Have the Right to Own Themselves’

by Jorge Rivas on November 26 2012, 1:08PM

In an open letter published on her Facebook wall last week Jada Pinkett-Smith declared her daughter Willow Smith is “not her hair.”

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Readers Blast 'Hollywood Reporter' for 'Blindingly Pale Group of Women'

Readers Blast ‘Hollywood Reporter’ for ‘Blindingly Pale Group of Women’

by Jorge Rivas on November 26 2012, 10:55AM

Readers of the entertainment business magazine are calling them out for only featuring white actress in their “The Actresses Roundtable” cover story.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

From Blackface to Food Stamps, Is All Publicity Good Publicity? [Reader Forum]

From Blackface to Food Stamps, Is All Publicity Good Publicity? [Reader Forum]

by Nia King on November 26 2012, 9:42AM

Some people will do anything for attention. Colorlines readers respond to the latest race- and poverty-related stunts.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Two Minnesota Students Record a Terribly Racist Rant in Blackface

Two Minnesota Students Record a Terribly Racist Rant in Blackface

by Jorge Rivas on November 21 2012, 6:08PM

The two young women go through just about every stereotype in the 5-minute video.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

China's Next Top Model is 72-Year-Old Grandfather Liu Xianping

China’s Next Top Model is 72-Year-Old Grandfather Liu Xianping

by Jorge Rivas on November 21 2012, 11:51AM

China’s Next Top Model is a 72-year-old grandfather named Liu Xianping.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

All in the Family: A Thanksgiving Comic Strip

All in the Family: A Thanksgiving Comic Strip

by Nia King on November 21 2012, 9:10AM

Love doesn’t always come easy, but somehow we find our way.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Amber Riley Breaks Down in Tears as She Opens Up About Body Image

Amber Riley Breaks Down in Tears as She Opens Up About Body Image

by Jorge Rivas on November 20 2012, 6:55PM

The 26-year-old “Glee” actress said: ‘Hollywood is a very hard place to be in. It really is. Being the person I am, you know, the size I am, being a woman, being a black woman, there’s not a lot of roles for us.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Gmail's 57th Supported Language is Cherokee, Its First Native American Tribal Language

Gmail’s 57th Supported Language is Cherokee, Its First Native American Tribal Language

by Jorge Rivas on November 20 2012, 4:36PM

Cherokee has become the first Native American language fully integrated into Gmail.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

A 'Love Balm' for Mothers Who've Watched Too Many Sons Die

A ‘Love Balm’ for Mothers Who’ve Watched Too Many Sons Die

by Julianne Hing on November 20 2012, 9:48AM

A Bay Area theater project featuring the testimony of Oscar Grant’s grandmother seeks to make emotional sense of incomprehensible violence.

Topics: Arts & Culture