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Confused About Whether Your Costume is Racist or Not?

Confused About Whether Your Costume is Racist or Not?

by Jorge Rivas on October 31 2012, 12:37PM

Confused About Whether Your Costume is Racist or Not? Here’s your last minute checklist.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

A Personal Take on the Nina Simone Biopic's Casting Troubles

A Personal Take on the Nina Simone Biopic’s Casting Troubles

by Akiba Solomon on October 30 2012, 9:05AM

The unauthorized biopic of Nina Simone has been riddled with criticism for casting Mary J. Blige and, most recently, Zoe Saldana in the starring role. Here, an (admittedly sentimental) argument for why it’s a fail.

Topics: Gender, Arts & Culture, Nina Simone

Honoring Ancestors, Loved Ones As We Celebrate Day of the Dead Play

Honoring Ancestors, Loved Ones As We Celebrate Day of the Dead

by Jorge Rivas on October 29 2012, 10:15AM

Watch as Colorlines.com joins the celebration in Los Angeles and asks participants to explain what the traditional Mexican holiday means to them.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Is Apple's New iPad Mini Video the First to Include More Than White Guys?

Is Apple’s New iPad Mini Video the First to Include More Than White Guys?

by Jorge Rivas on October 25 2012, 11:33AM

The representation of people of color in product launch videos is more than just about diversity at Apple. It’s about equity.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Jay Smooth Deconstructs Romney's Famous '47%' Flub

Jay Smooth Deconstructs Romney’s Famous ‘47%’ Flub

by Jorge Rivas on October 24 2012, 11:50AM

The “Actually…” web series has added another celebrity fact checker to their list! In this new video, DJ Jay Smooth hits Romney on his 47% comment.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Top Row, 3rd From Left: Most Adorable Obama-With-Kids-Photo Ever

Top Row, 3rd From Left: Most Adorable Obama-With-Kids-Photo Ever

by Jorge Rivas on October 24 2012, 10:58AM

President Obama takes a lot of pictures with kids. But this one might be the most adorable.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Vivica A. Fox Schools Stacey Dash on How to Make Presidential Endorsements With Class

Vivica A. Fox Schools Stacey Dash on How to Make Presidential Endorsements With Class

by Jorge Rivas on October 23 2012, 2:07PM

Vivica A. Fox says Stacey’s Dash’s endorsement of Mitt Romney was not done with class. “She doesn’t have a job or something to promote right now,” Fox said.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Ohio Students Warn Against Being a Racist Fool This Halloween

Ohio Students Warn Against Being a Racist Fool This Halloween

by Jorge Rivas on October 23 2012, 12:35PM

Controversy surrounding racially offensive Halloween costumes and theme parties have become a routine part of the holiday on college campuses. One student group wants to make a difference.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Russell Means Voiced the Most Powerful Scene of Disney's 'Pocahontas'

Russell Means Voiced the Most Powerful Scene of Disney’s ‘Pocahontas’

by Jorge Rivas on October 22 2012, 3:22PM

Little did they know that in 1969, Means was part of a group of American Indians that occupied Alcatraz Island to call attention to the nation’s history of injustices against its indigenous peoples.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Russell Means, Oglala Sioux Activist and Actor, Dies at 72

Russell Means, Oglala Sioux Activist and Actor, Dies at 72

by Jorge Rivas on October 22 2012, 2:09PM

Means credited his organization the American Indian Movement with bringing Native Americans a sense of pride.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Woman Starts Native American Fashion Mag

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Woman Starts Native American Fashion Mag

by Jorge Rivas on October 18 2012, 8:37AM

Kelly Holmes says she founded “Native Max” magazine after getting tired of thumbing through issues of “Seventeen” or “Vogue” and not seeing models that looked like her.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Jeff Chang on Hope, Change and How Culture Can Shape Politics

Jeff Chang on Hope, Change and How Culture Can Shape Politics

by Jamilah King on October 17 2012, 10:06AM

The author of one of the hip-hop generation’s seminal texts talks about shifting cultural images of Barack Obama, storytelling and what’s been inspiring him lately.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Facing Race 2012, Politics

Jeremy Lin on the Cover of GQ, Talks Race, Racism and Expectations

Jeremy Lin on the Cover of GQ, Talks Race, Racism and Expectations

by Jorge Rivas on October 16 2012, 3:28PM

Linsanity is still alive and thriving.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Oprah Gives Photographer Terry Richardson The Thumbs Up

Oprah Gives Photographer Terry Richardson The Thumbs Up

by Jorge Rivas on October 16 2012, 12:45PM

The infamous photographer Terry Richardson snapped pictures of Oprah Winfrey for the November issue of “Harper’s Bazaar.”

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Rosie Pérez Talks Romney and Love on Maddow [Video]

Rosie Pérez Talks Romney and Love on Maddow [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on October 16 2012, 12:02PM

It’s a great interview, but something else happened that you don’t see on television often these days.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

White Students in Blackface Reenact Chris Brown-Rihanna Fight

White Students in Blackface Reenact Chris Brown-Rihanna Fight

by Jorge Rivas on October 16 2012, 11:25AM

Last Friday, three white high schools students in Waverly, New York attended a pep-rally in black face and re-enacted a “scene” from the 2009 incident in which performer Chris Brown allegedly beat his then-girlfriend Rihanna.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Negin Farsad on Drive-By Hate, Real Questions and Muslim Mainstreaming

Negin Farsad on Drive-By Hate, Real Questions and Muslim Mainstreaming

by Channing Kennedy on October 16 2012, 10:14AM

The writer, director and stand-up comedian talks to Colorlines.com about making her film “The Muslims Are Coming.” Join Farsad and Colorlines at Facing Race 2012 in Baltimore.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Facing Race 2012

Gap Pulls 'Manifest Destiny' Shirts After Outrage, Twitter Response

Gap Pulls ‘Manifest Destiny’ Shirts After Outrage, Twitter Response

by Jorge Rivas on October 15 2012, 6:11PM

When McNairy heard his work was promoting “a belief that has resulted in mass genocide” he took to Twitter to stir the controversy even more.

Topics: Arts & Culture, History, /NOW

BET Co-Founder Says Network Reinforces Negative Stereotypes

BET Co-Founder Says Network Reinforces Negative Stereotypes

by Jorge Rivas on October 15 2012, 4:25PM

The co-founder says the network’s current content reinforces negative stereotypes of blacks in the U.S.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

'Middle of Nowhere' Opens To Biggest Per Screen Average This Weekend

‘Middle of Nowhere’ Opens To Biggest Per Screen Average This Weekend

by Jorge Rivas on October 15 2012, 2:36PM

The film brought in the biggest per-screen ticket sales total for any film currently in theaters.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW